2020 Reflections Before It’s Too Late

By 31 December 2020Blog, Singapore

Jurgen Klopp’s Christmas message was perhaps the best summary of everything that happened in the past 365 days

2020 was such a special year in the best possible way and in the worst possible way as well.

What a year 2020 has been, the pandemic and lockdown gave me a lot to reflect about, and for better or for worse, I decided to change the course of my life forever before it’s too late. In the process of trying to find what truly matters to me, I ended up looking back at my past photographs and realising that photography is the most important thing in my life. Starting from my trip to Nepal in Dec 2011, exploring the place for the first time and pushing my own body to the limits, the experience became a cornerstone to how I view photography, life and the world.

In the last 10 years of travelling, I’m thankful to have the privilege of going on many memorable trips, which changed how I view life and the world. Travelling has never been a waste of money for me. The experiences, interactions with people, memories are things you cannot put a monetary value to. I hope to travel much more in the next 10 years than the last 10 years, and if we can defeat the pandemic globally soon, then I’m sure this will be an achievable goal.

Ironically it was only just a year ago that I went into a slump for photography, but I rediscovered the joys of photography again, thanks to a Fujifilm Photowalk to try out their new camera. The X-Pro3 is amazing, and after using it for the past few months, I’m convinced it’s the best camera I have ever used in my life so far. Photography has always been deeply personal for me and in order to enjoy and make good photos, I think that you must be able to connect with your gear on a deeper level. You can’t explain the feeling you get from using a different camera and the right one will feel right like no other.

As usual this post took forever to finish writing, but I want to do it to look back on this point in time of my journey in the future. If you ask me 10 years ago if I will ever reach where I am today and experience all that I have experienced so far, I would never have imagined it to be possible. It’s easy to say this when you made it, but I always believe that if you keep pushing forward, you get to where you want to go eventually. This year I made a big decision to venture out on my own again after failing the first time around in 2018, and this time around I finally made it past the first 100 days, which means that there’s no turning back anymore. Thankful for all the bosses and mentors along the way, because without being able to stand on their shoulders and learn from them, I would not have made it so far. No more bosses ever again.

What’s next for Kenchuaphoto?

I was looking at my 2019 reflections post and how much has changed over the course of a year, Liverpool FC and Jurgen Klopp continue to teach me so much life lessons, winning the Premier League after waiting for 30 years, the feelings in that moment are something that words cannot describe.

B.I.T.L (Before it’s too late) will be the main focus of my life moving forward, will continue my weekly photo series with a goal of expanding it into a photobook format, further expansion into a podcast series and also as my branding in finding and helping Singaporean startups and young entrepreneurs to grow their ideas and companies.

Cover photo taken on 31st Dec 2020
Last sunrise of the year at Sembawang Park