Leading smart device brand, OPPO, is holding its first-ever photography exhibition from 10 April to 16 May 2021 at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. The exhibition, ‘Painting With Light’, is open to members of the public for free, and is part of OPPO’s #AwakenColour campaign, in line with the launch of its latest premium flagship smartphone, the OPPO Find X3 Pro.
Showcasing the works shot using the 10-bit colour depth of the Find X3 Pro by four lens-based local photographers Wilfred Lim (@_wilfredlim), Venus Oh (@venusproblematics), Kimberly Kiong (@hiimkiim) and Adele Chan (@adelechan), the exhibition seeks to encourage photography enthusiasts to discover the colour palettes of our city, as well as invite them to pay attention to their surroundings through images that encapsulate the familiarity of everyday scenes, places and objects.
The works showcased at the exhibition also explore these photographers’ unique and idiosyncratic palette of colours, in addition to light, colour, subject – brought out by the lens of the Find X3 Pro.
Visual feast for the eyes at the ‘Painting With Light’ exhibition
Visitors to the exhibition will be treated to four specially-curated series of images by the photographers, with each covering a distinctive theme.
Titled ‘Garden City’, this series of images by Wilfred Lim is a visual exploration of wild plants found by the artist throughout the neighbourhoods of Singapore. Shot entirely in his makeshift studio, Wilfred employs saturated colours to give these unnoticed plants a sublime beauty.
‘Lumina’, the series of intimate portraits and moving images by Venus Oh, reveals the different facades of Singapore at night. Beyond this, it also provides a window into the subjects’ state of mind, inviting viewers to look more closely into their lives and immediate surroundings.
‘Gleamings’, the name given to Kimberly Kiong’s series of images, is a multi-layered visual log of people tending to the objects they value and care for. The images – soft, hazy, and dream-like, carry with them deeply personal anecdotes and prompt viewers to reflect on the objects, and people, they hold dear.
Lastly, ‘Food for Thought’ by Adele Chan, provides a visual appreciation of popular food items and ingredients that commonly make their way to the dining table. Thanks to the 60 times magnification of the microlens of the Find X3 Pro, Adele was able to unveil colours and details hidden from the naked eye. These images create imaginary tales in the macro realm, inviting viewers to look closer at what they eat.
“It’s a great honour to be collaborating with Wilfred, Venus, Kimberly and Adele for our ‘Painting With Light Exhibition. OPPO has always stayed true to our commitment of supporting local creatives – right from our Reno series till our Find series now, for the OPPO Find X3 Pro.” Shared Dylan Yu, Marketing Director, OPPO Singapore.
“These photographers have put in so much thought and creativity into their images, with each one of them holding a story that visitors will get to find out more about at the exhibition. We’re excited to be sharing these images with the larger community in Singapore and more importantly, to also share with the public our Find X3 Pro’s camera prowess and how the images shot using the smartphone will awaken their senses to a wider range of colours.”
Involvement of the community in exploring the palettes of Singapore
Beyond the works of the photographers, the ‘Painting with Light’ exhibition will also feature works from the community.
Earlier this month, OPPO allowed the public to sign up for an opportunity to trial the OPPO Find X3 Pro, and join OPPO and the local photographers in discovering the unique colours of our city. Out of these sign-ups, a total of 35 were chosen for the consumer trial, lasting two weeks. All participants were required to share the images they captured using the Find X3 Pro on their social media platforms. Following which, a few days ago on 5 April, the ultimate winner, Steven Sung Hong Meng (@photographyholic), was announced, and he walked away with an OPPO Find X3 Pro.
Images from Steven, along with a few more by other participants specially identified, will also be displayed digitally at the photography exhibition at ArtScience Museum.
Learn tricks of the trade from the experts
The public will also get the opportunity to learn more about photography directly from Adele and Wilfred themselves, during their masterclasses.
In a two-part masterclass on 24 April and 1 May 2021, from 10am – 11am, Adele will be sharing more on the concept and process behind her photo series, and participants will also get the opportunity to have a go at the Find X3 Pro’s microlens while they explore the microscopic world of hidden colours. Masterclasses are free-of-charge, with limited slots available. Online pre-booking of slots is required.
Wilfred will also be conducting a two-part masterclass on 25 April and 2 May 2021, from 10am – 11am, where he will be demonstrating ways to create colourful still-life images using simple light techniques and objects, and participants will also have a first-hand experience of the Find X3 Pro’s new 10-bit colour engine. Masterclasses are free-of-charge, with limited slots available. Online pre-booking of slots is required.
Registration for Adele and Wilfred’s masterclasses will start on 16 April and people who are interested can sign up and choose the date, timeslot and artist they would like to learn from.
For those interested, more information on signing up will be revealed on OPPO’s Instagram page (@opposingapore) and Facebook page on 16 April. Ten individuals will be selected as participants for each of the masterclasses.
To book a slot for the ‘Painting With Light’ exhibition, you can visit the exhibition website, here. Admission is free-of-charge.