Swee Oh, an internationally acclaimed Architecture Photographer, is based in San Francisco, California USA. She is originally from Malaysia. Her professional background in architecture, and her artistic eye, combine to create stunning architectural photographs that have won prestigious awards. Swee's visual world is deeply influenced by how she uses light, form, shadows and textures in her work.
Additionally, her interest in people has led to memorable street photography* and street portraiture*. All of her photographs, whether architectural or street tell visual stories that stir emotions and hold the viewer's attention.
Swee was recently awarded the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Award 2016 for the Architecture Category and 1st Place Sony World Photography Award 2016 for the Open Category for Arts and Culture. Swee is also a featured member of Google+ Create Community.
My background in architecture influences how I interpret a building through photography. When I am designing I think of space, lines, volumes, positive/negative space, the experience when one moves around and through the building. All of these intuitions help me to understand a building better, and enable me to reveal and highlight its essence in the images I produce.
I enjoy the challenge of combining both the artistic and the technical in my photography, to achieve a story that will attract the attention of a viewer. Photographing details or textures. Studying different angles that capture my attention. Making use of light, contrast, and shadows to create depth. Of course framing and composition are crucial in constructing the narrative of the image.
I like that each building/project has it own challenges. That each one pushes me to find new meaning and expression each time, demanding that I bring out the soul of the subject, and allow it to live.
*For Swee's Street Photography Gallery, please visit https://sweeoh.smugmug.com/