Roger Ballen’s style may bring to mind painters like Jean Dubuffet and Francis Bacon rather than the work of other photographers. His haunting, cramped images, as Kristen Joy Watts reports, thwart any expectations of a clear narrative.
This is my second shoot using the pre-production 1DmkIV on loan to me from Canon Singapore. I chose to make this one a bit more like a conventional piece you might find on a news website’s feature pages. Setting myself a one evening time limit on getting the shoot done we filmed everything in about 4 hours. The star of the show is 28 year old Marvin who spends all his money on a Mercedes SLK to drive around Singapore in, mostly cruising with his friends at night.