Hi, I’m Kelvin, a portrait photographer and artist based in Singapore.
I’ve been a professional artist since 2002, painted since young, relentlessly helped the less fortunate, and specialised in nude and sensual portraiture (some call it “boudoir photography”) for more than a decade.
My work is driven by two things:
(1) That beauty is not seen, but felt.
(2) That we, as individuals, should never be denied the freedom to be ourselves.
No one should ever have to go through life wearing a mask, just to be accepted by others. Beneath what everyone sees on the outside, there is something within us that is human and real.
I am humbled by the people who share a part of themselves with me.
When I started nude photography, I was expecting my clients to be young, good-looking, with hour-glass bodies to show the world. I was expecting beautiful-looking people.
Indeed, there were models, actresses, stunning beauties, even some famed personalities. But mostly, I was wrong.
People who came had something they cherish dearly, but none of them considered themselves perfect. Many were everyday people with everyday jobs, people who didn’t warrant a second glance.
Happy people, lonely people. Couples in love, couples infatuated.
Straight, lavender, masochistic… wild.
Risky, quiet. Flawed, but free.
Real people, with nothing but a sheer drape to cover their flaws. Real people asking me, “This is who I am, this is how I look. What do you think? How do you feel?”
“Can you make me look beautiful?”
I was good with the camera, but skills and technique could never help with these questions. I wasn’t prepared for how intimate the conversations could become, and how vulnerable and exposed I would feel.
Taking photos of people is like having a conversation – you find out about each other, you share what you think, and your photographs express how you feel about them.
It is within these conversations that I’ve found beauty even among the smallest characters, a wondrous experience of accepting others, no matter how they look, how they behave, how different they are from society’s norms.
If you think beauty is about nice poses, pretty outfits, stunning backdrops and trendy locations, this place is not for you.
But if you believe love takes time, if you believe beauty is an expression of real emotion, you will remember your sensual escapade as one of the most liberating, uplifting experiences you’ve ever had.