I can't remember when or where I first encountered the work of Hin Chua, a young Australian from Perth, born in Malaysia, now working in London. But his pictures made an impression on me; some of them I remember still, specifically, even though I haven't seen them in several years. (With me that's saying something, because I look at a lot of pictures.) He says he "picked up a camera in an attempt to get over a girl."
I don't know how I ran across him this time, either, but somehow (a Google image search, maybe?), I discovered he has some pictures on flickr. I don't normally care for flickr but I looked at perhaps 600 of the 1350 pictures he has posted there. (I don't know how to link to flickr. Search "Hin Chua" and you should find him more easily than I could.) Naturally with that many pictures not all of them are masterpieces, but he sure has got an eye.
He's gotten more serious about his photography since I encountered him last: better cameras, bigger negs, website. And that's good; he's respecting his talent. I think he has a book out, too (and I'd like to know for sure). He still seems a little immature to me—as an artist, I mean—but maybe that's because the way he sees is young: brilliant, profligate, callow. I certainly don't know if I've picked the best examples to show here. A thousand of us could look at his pictures and come away with a thousand different favorites. You could quarrel with my picks. Propose alternates. (These two are from "After the Fall" and "Mare Nostrum.") I like this photographer better than most, that much I will say.
Featured Comment by Curio: "On Shane L.'s site, Chua wrote, 'Flickr functions as an online version of Diane Arbus’ wall. You know the one. the wall covered with work prints, the ones you’re trying to see if you can still bear to look at in a few months time. Except in this case, any man and his dog can wander in. It also just so happens that a few great people whose views I respect also pass through from time to time, and their thoughts, comments and suggestions have really helped shape the work. I have a living room full of work prints, and while it’s a damn nicer sight to look at, it hasn’t been as creatively beneficial as the Flickr version. Flickr (like the world) is what you make of it, and there’s just no way you can tar it with any one brush.' "