Terence Tan, born in Singapore in 1970, graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Electronics Engineering in 1990. A self-taught photographer, he got his first taste of digital photography with a camera he received from a Christmas gift exchange back in 2002. He has been a professional photographer since 2007.
His interest lies in capturing the beauty that exists in daily life, sifting through the humdrum of society's daily routine for that 'decisive' moment. Making images that elevate its subject or context from the mundane to the extraordinary, thus imparting new life and significance to the subject. He prefers to exhaust a subject that others might find ordinary or uninspiring, very often utilising layers and juxtaposing images to create beautifully composed artworks with a painterly eye.
Exploring new ways to ‘read the city’, he draws the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium, juxtaposing and layering compositions of urban structures to form abstract visual artworks.
Emphasizing on aesthetics, he focuses on the idea that beauty exists everywhere, if only you take a moment you can enjoy the space that we all conveniently overlook in our hectic daily lives. The results are reconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted in the form of abstract representations.
His works urge us to renegotiate photography as being part of a reactive medium or merely an instrument of recording. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is created to conjure the realms of our imagination.