PORTRAIT OF A PHOTOGRAPHER: SINGAPORE'S NIGHTCRAWLER
The young photographer turning a Southeast Asian metropolis into a Blade Runner vision of the future
By Fraser Morton
A story of creative hope. A teenager turns his passion from daydream to reality and achieves resounding success, notoriety and accolades as a professional photographer. The end.
And it all started two years ago for Lee Yik Keat, AKA, YK. He began taking photographs on his iPhone, focusing on architecture and symmetry.
Today, at just 21-years old, the Singaporean army serviceman is fast becoming one of the city’s most recognisable professional photographers while also serving his national duty.
He works mostly after dark, turning the Southeast Asian metropolis into a set akin to a Blade Runner vision of the future. On his nightly tours of the island nation's pristine-paved paths he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the tourist hoards who come to marvel through their phone screens at the architecture on display.
He’s racked up 175,000 fans on Instagram and won a steady flow of professional shooting gigs to line his pockets, and kit himself out with the best gear money can buy. He uses a Canon 1DX for those interested.
You can see his work here. We would suggest following him if you’re creatively inclined for some photography inspiration.