Photographer John Clang‘s ‘Beon Sleeps’ is a great photo series. Yes, its light but after reading a little about the process I thought differently. Clang asked his friend Beon – who was going through a hard time – if he’d be interested in expressing himself through public action, by forcing people to look, notice, see him lying in public, sleeping. Here is the result. A series of attempts to get people to slow down in the hectic city state that is Singapore. Here’s what Beon has to say about his work:
Explorations of identity can also take a turn for the playful and provocative—as evidenced in lighter series like Beon Sleeps and Me and Friends.
Ultimately, a good photograph is one that brings us face to face with our own existence. It pulls the stranger standing next to us into the intimate radius of our life. It collapses the beauty and strangeness around us into one. It connects. A good photograph does all these.
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