Get Featured: Melvin Mapa
Melvin shares with us a project that studies the geometry and the beauty that can be found in the scenes around us. Working with shapes and composition to form an emotional connection with the situation is nothing new, but it is cool to see Melvin having a strong direction with his work. Check it out.


Flirt with the curves, dance with the lines, and be in harmony with the elements.

In street photography, geometrical elements, relate to the balance and structure of forms within a picture. Though rarely used as the subject, it serves an important role in helping compose an interesting street photo.

Masters, like Henri Cartier Bresson and Josef Koudelka, perfected this approach. They saw elements and visually arranged them in the viewfinder. They transformed what could be a normal picture and made it more appealing than it really was.

Geometrical elements in a photograph force the eyes to linger on it (at least for a couple of minutes). Letting the eyes slide with the curves; blend with the medley of shapes; submit to its uniformity thus making it an effective street photograph.

It brings out something what no one might have seen in a photograph. These elements are present everywhere. They throw themselves willingly to the photographer.

The challenge now is to be strictly mindful and observe with great sensitivity to framing the arrangement of these elements.


On being a street photographer

“I am only interested in showing the truth. I feel a strong purpose in serving the people and uncovering the truth behind their life conditions and stories.”

A Singapore – based Filipino street photographer, Melvin Mapa’s enthusiasm for photography came about at an early age of 7 when his parents gave him a KODAK 110 camera which he uses to take pictures of his family and neighbours. Having both parents as community servants, he grew up socially-aware and this was pivotal in his ingenuity as a photographer.

Follow him as he document life in the streets of the world at

With Metta,
Melvin Mapa

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