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Photographer of the Week: Kim Maynard Go

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By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

His forte is the foreground. His photos show his skills in harnessing depth of field to make the visuals more interesting.

“My favorite subjects are random foreground elements. A dominant background such as mountains, buildings or valleys will always be there, but having an impacting foreground really changes the scene and makes it three dimensional,” explains Kim Maynard Go, a 30-year-old who considers himself a “late bloomer” in photography.

  • YELLOW AND BLUE (Kim Maynard Go)

    YELLOW AND BLUE (Kim Maynard Go)

  • WATERFALL GLOW (Kim Maynard Go)

    WATERFALL GLOW (Kim Maynard Go)

  • UNREST OF SPIRIT (Kim Maynard Go)

    UNREST OF SPIRIT (Kim Maynard Go)

  • THREE (Kim Maynard Go)

    THREE (Kim Maynard Go)

  • SISIMAN SURPRISE (Kim Maynard Go)

    SISIMAN SURPRISE (Kim Maynard Go)

  • REVEALING LIGHT (Kim Maynard Go)

    REVEALING LIGHT (Kim Maynard Go)

  • PORTAL TO ANOTHER REALM (Kim Maynard Go)

    PORTAL TO ANOTHER REALM (Kim Maynard Go)

  • PINGGAN VILLAGE SUNRISE (Kim Maynard Go)

    PINGGAN VILLAGE SUNRISE (Kim Maynard Go)

  • OVERHEAD (Kim Maynard Go)

    OVERHEAD (Kim Maynard Go)

  • OLD-MODERN SINGAPORE (Kim Maynard Go)

    OLD-MODERN SINGAPORE (Kim Maynard Go)

  • NIGHT FULL OF STARS (Kim Maynard Go)

    NIGHT FULL OF STARS (Kim Maynard Go)

  • MOUNTAIN PAGODA (Kim Maynard Go)

    MOUNTAIN PAGODA (Kim Maynard Go)

  • METRO SUNSET (Kim Maynard Go)

    METRO SUNSET (Kim Maynard Go)

  • Photographer of the Week: Kim Maynard Go

    Photographer of the Week: Kim Maynard Go

  • LEAD ME TO FUJI (Kim Maynard Go)

    LEAD ME TO FUJI (Kim Maynard Go)

  • LAVA REFLECTION (Kim Maynard Go)

    LAVA REFLECTION (Kim Maynard Go)

  • LAST SHIMMER OF LIGHT (Kim Maynard Go)

    LAST SHIMMER OF LIGHT (Kim Maynard Go)

  • GLOOMY MERLION (Kim Maynard Go)

    GLOOMY MERLION (Kim Maynard Go)

  • GATES TO HEAVEN (Kim Maynard Go)

    GATES TO HEAVEN (Kim Maynard Go)

  • FISHERMAN'S LIFE (Kim Maynard Go)

    FISHERMAN'S LIFE (Kim Maynard Go)

  • FIRST SIGHT OF ICE (Kim Maynard Go)

    FIRST SIGHT OF ICE (Kim Maynard Go)

  • FILL THE FRAME (Kim Maynard Go)

    FILL THE FRAME (Kim Maynard Go)

  • EXPLOSION OF COLORS (Kim Maynard Go)

    EXPLOSION OF COLORS (Kim Maynard Go)

  • EPIC REDNESS (Kim Maynard Go)

    EPIC REDNESS (Kim Maynard Go)

  • DRIFT WOOD (Kim Maynard Go)

    DRIFT WOOD (Kim Maynard Go)

  • CLEAN, CHAOTIC MORNING (Kim Maynard Go)

    CLEAN, CHAOTIC MORNING (Kim Maynard Go)

  • CITY OF LIGHTS (Kim Maynard Go)

    CITY OF LIGHTS (Kim Maynard Go)

  • CHINESE PAGODAS (Kim Maynard Go)

    CHINESE PAGODAS (Kim Maynard Go)

  • BRIGHTEST STAR (Kim Maynard Go)

    BRIGHTEST STAR (Kim Maynard Go)

  • BRIDGE TO TOMORROW (Kim Maynard Go)

    BRIDGE TO TOMORROW (Kim Maynard Go)

  • BREAK WATER (Kim Maynard Go)

    BREAK WATER (Kim Maynard Go)

  • BLAZING TRAILS

    BLAZING TRAILS

  • AUTUMN COLORS IN WINTER LIGHT (Kim Maynard Go)

    AUTUMN COLORS IN WINTER LIGHT (Kim Maynard Go)

    “My father and younger brother were into photography years before I did. So there were always cameras in the house. But I’ve always had fun looking at pictures of places whether in books or newspapers,” he recalls. It was in the social media age when he got hooked. “Seeing amazing pictures of places all over Instagram and Facebook made me feel I was part of the scene and wanted to go out to experience these places.”

    After joining the Jay Jallorina’s Chasing Light workshop, he started doing portraits and wildlife photography. But his heart was set on capturing beautiful scenery and soon he focused solely on landscapes. “My opinion of an effective photograph is having all the elements come together— light, composition, a good subject, and luck.”

    He says that mood is everything in landscape photography. “Shooting a beautiful landscape without mood will produce a normal tourist image. But shooting an image with a creative vision and understanding of mood, no matter what the weather is and light situation will surely separate your image and make it outstanding,” he analysed.

    For him, different moods affect how an image emerges. “I either go for a high-key or a low-key mood, nothing in the middle. In a high-key mood, everything is beautifully lit. A clean, crisp image can offer a calming feel to the viewer. In contrast, a low-key mood where there are dark shadows and a bright source of light can provide a striking image. I feel that shooting and processing in either of the moods bring the best out of the scene.”

    As a “newbie” on the field, he says his ultimate goal as a visual artist is to photograph well-known places in a unique way. “Whenever I see images of a place on the Internet, it’s always photographed in the same way. This is why, whenever I go to that place, I try to find different vantage points, angles, and foreground elements and then do things differently as much as possible.”

    To achieve his goal, he just keeps shooting. “The best thing being a photographer is just being out there. Having the motive to explore and go to different places, experiencing these places when the sun isn’t up and staying there late at night. It’s a passion for me. I’ve had a lot of hobbies in the past. But nothing stuck with me like photography did. It’s a never-ending process of friendship, discovering, learning, and most of all enjoying the journey.”

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