Singapore: He can play a mean guitar and belt out those power ballads, but unbeknownst to many, Taiwanese rocker Wu Bai is also an avid lensman with a heart for the environment.
And from Oct 22 to Dec 2, he is showcasing 14 photographs in an exhibition titled “More Earth” at Singapore’s Leica Store@ Raffles Hotel Arcade.
His black-and-white images, which provide an intimate glimpse into his whimsical take on life, also aim to raise ecological awareness and to remind viewers of the Earth’s beauty.
Describing his passion for the art, Wu Bai said “The aim of making music and pictures are different, and so are the goals. However, both forms of expressions consume and absorb my energy.”
It is the first time Wu Bai’s works will be seen outside of his native Taiwan and the exhibition is slated to make its rounds around Southeast Asia.
Timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Leica store, the event is free to public and selected prints will be put on sale from Oct 24.
To capture his visions, Wu Bai primarily used the highly-acclaimed Leica M6 and M7 with the 28mm f/2 M Summicron lens.
In town last week to launch the 42-day exhibition, Wu Bai was presented with a special edition Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium camera by Managing Director of Leica Camera Asia Pacific, Sunil Kaul.
Unveiled for the first time in Southeast Asia on Oct 18, the D-Lux 5 Titanium makes its regional debut in Singapore and will roll out across neighbouring countries in the coming months.
“We are honoured to be the first to host Wu Bai’s photo exhibition out of Taiwan. ‘More Earth’ has successfully captured the quality and performance of the Leica camera through the eyes, heart and hands of Wu Bai,” said Mr Kaul.
The exhibition will be held at Leica Store @ Raffles Hotel Arcade, Oct 22 to Dec 2, 2011. Opening hours are from 10am to 8pm. Admission is free.
Photos: Leica, Wu Bai