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April 8, 2020


Photography by Leroy fong
Interview by Melanie Meggs

Leroy Fong is a Singaporean street photographer with a unique eye for capturing life as it happens. Through his lens, he captures the beauty of everyday life in the streets of Singapore and other cities he has traveled to. His photographs are characterized by an aesthetic that is both mellow and inviting, bringing the viewer into a world of dusty street signs and everyday people simply going about their lives.

Starting out simply as a hobby to document his newborn son, Leroy soon grew passionate about photography, recognizing the unique way it allowed him to capture moments of life that could be easily forgotten.

Leroy is a street photographer whose work is deeply rooted in capturing the essence of local living. Through his images, viewers can experience the texture and character of Singaporean streets and the people who inhabit them. His photographs are a testament to his unique skill and creative vision that bridges the gap between art and everyday life.

“I started with photography in 2001 when my son was born and I borrowed a digital camera from a friend to document my son's birth and next three months.”


THE PICTORIAL LIST: Where do you find your inspiration Leroy?

LEROY FONG: My inspiration comes from magazines and Instagram.

TPL: Has your style of photographing changed since you first started?

LF: I think so definitely, because of the introduction of smartphones with their improved capabilities.

TPL: Who are your favourite artists/photographers?

LF: Fan Ho and Vivian Maier

TPL: Where is your favourite place/s to photograph?

LF: Taiwan and Japan

Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it. - Lao Tzu

TPL: What characteristics do you think you need to become a good street photographer?

LF: Impulsiveness but yet patience too.

TPL: Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?

LF: Never before!

TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography?

LF: I don't use much sophisticated equipment. Whatever is available to capture that moment is most important to me.

TPL: "If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?...

LF: Forex and Futures Trading."

Leroy's journey with photography has been an inspiring one, showing us that it is never too late to start something new. He has gone from never having taken a photo to capturing the colors and vibrancy of the streets. His passion for photography is truly inspiring and a reminder to us all that we should take the time to pursue our passions. If you want to follow Leroy's journey and appreciate his art, then follow him on Instagram.

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