24.01.14 by Jeff

Nguan “How Loneliness Goes” Book Giveaway


This week’s giveaway comes courtesy of photographer Nguan, born and raised in Singapore. He gifted me his beautiful book “How Loneliness Goes” and has graciously offered up the very last book from the edition, #220 of 220, for one of you.

If you’d like to snag the book use the comments below to share a link to your favourite photo post on Booooooom from 2013 (and what you liked about it).

Have a peek inside the book below!





















Photographer Nguan’s Website

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Meng Jin

    Boom! I want to know how loneliness goes.

  • Ki Choquette

    Love Nguan! Book seems fantastic and he’s a nice guy to boot!

  • Michele Mobley

    one of my favorite photographers~ c:

  • One of my favorite posts was “Walking My Dog” http://www.booooooom.com/2013/11/14/walking-my-dog-by-eddy-de-azevedo/
    It’s one of those collections of art that doesn’t require much context. We can all relate to it as we’ve seen discarded things at our feet as we walk ourselves or our dogs.

  • Anzahari Taib

    Our heritage and culture defines us and I believe Nguan captured, my hometown beautifully!

  • Gaby Falgione
  • This would be my favourite post from 2013 – http://www.booooooom.com/2013/07/04/photographer-nguan/ The photo of the 2 girls with the badminton rackets reminds me of growing up in Singapore more than 1/2 my life ago! His book and photos are beautiful and so nostalgic.

  • Joost Koster

    Beautiful! I woul really like to get that book :)

    my favourite post is this one: http://www.booooooom.com/2013/12/19/photographer-olivia-larrain-heiremans/

    Because of the soft ambience, and it made me see the beauty of everyday things more!

    Could you send the book, or is it for pick up? ’cause i live in the netherlands :)

  • Flick


    David Zilber’s photo of the bike tire with the tiny star cutout stuck to it.

    I love this photo not only for the composition and colors but because of the photographers ability to capture the smallest details that would go unnoticed by anyone else with an ordinary eye. I takes a special type of person to do that. After seeing this photo I have tried to become more aware of my surroundings in order appreciate these special little moments with or without a camera.

  • Joost Koster

    ok, i thought i commented on this, but ill try again

    I’d really love to get this book. The photo’s are beautiful

    My favourite post is this one of Olivia Larrain Heiremans

    I like the soft mood in her photo’s, and they made me see the beauty in everyday things more!

    Could you send the book, or is it just voor pick up? Because I live in the netherlands :)

  • Annie Yang

    This is so beautiful!

    My favorite photo post from 2013 was probably the one of Carlota Guerrero. The light in her photos (particularly the cactus ones) remind me of lazy, laughter-filled high school afternoons in California.

  • skymalll

    My personal favorite was Jim Mangan’s work. I thought his series captured a transcendental feeling of shifting individual realities beautifully. Deep feels for that post.

  • Vik

    Oh my god this is so capturing Singapore! It would be such a nice remembrance of my time there…would love owning the book.

    My favorite and what has been stuck in my mind most was the work of Rosa Rendl, i absolutely loved the geometry and the colours…i think her work is very contemporary and she has the gift to capture sculptural scenes and atmosphere. http://www.booooooom.com/2013/11/18/photographer-rosa-rendl/ <3

  • Vik

    Oh my god this is so capturing Singapore! It would be such a nice remembrance of my time there…i would love owning the book!

    My favorite in 2013 and what has been stuck in my head most was probably the work of Rosa Rendl; i really adored the colors and the sculptural look of the photos and i think she has a gift in capturing atmosphere and light.

  • Looks like a great book and I love the square format!!

    My favorite photo post was probably that of Lonneke Van Der Palen. I often find it difficult to incorporate humor into work (without it being cheesy), but I think Lonneke did so with a great amount of success. I also think the vibrant, in your face colors benefit the work as well.

  • Gabriela Cendoya

    I fell in love with your Singapur blue !

  • Patricia Zambrano

    Rosa Rendl! http://www.booooooom.com/?s=rosa+rendl
    Her images are simple yet composed and verge on painting. Nguan’s work is beautiful. I am particularly drawn to City of Dreams.

  • Nick Oliver

    Andy Grellman’s photos (http://www.booooooom.com/2013/04/29/vancouver-based-photographer-andy-grellmann/#more-46349) struck me as so perfect in so many ways. Light, composition, color, mood, uniqueness, they all pulled me into the location. Would be proud to say I shot even just one of those photos.

  • jaycie

    those sort of ‘drawings in a bubble of water’ by Alvaro Ilizarbe are just gorgeous. i wish i had the patience to draw so much detail.


  • alexa

    one of my favorites is the flower sculptures post: http://www.booooooom.com/2013/07/23/sculptures-by-artist-ignacio-canales-aracil/#more-48498

    a really dreamlike set of works, and very delicate- unlike what I’d normally imagine as a sculpture. definitely one of the most memorable post here!

  • Paul John Nelson

    Ryan Cookson is a seriously hard working photographer! He has an extremely approachable attitude towards people and can seem to get up close and personal with some of the most hostile looking individuals. Definitely someone to keep your eye on. http://www.booooooom.com/2013/07/11/photographer-ryan-cookson/

    P.S. I’d love a copy og the Nguan book, it’s too beautiful!

  • Manisha

    One of my faves (of many) Walking My Dog: Eddy de Azevedo. I love the calming feel of the colors being organized and I love walking dogs, forces you to think about whats going on around while you walk your pooch

  • Stef Wit A F

    Ester Grass Vergara – The first image is one of my favorites in photography. Her work is so simple, but still visually interesting. It very editorial in styling as well.


  • lynette

    I really enjoyed Cait and Yael’s book ‘Sea Blues’, as it goes beyond a collection of just travel snaps and presents moments of contemplation, reflection, intimacy and experience in a format that allows a viewer to read and simultaneously undertake the European backpacking adventure of the photographers. I think it’s really quite special and I would like a copy of it one day. http://www.booooooom.com/2013/06/20/sea-blues-by-yael-malka-and-cait-oppermann/

  • Ingrid Halvorsen

    The post about Thomas Gardiner USA pictures really opend my eyes. I was at the time planing a road-trip trough the states, and are at this time carrying it out. This post with his pictures really got me thinking about the loneliness and the broken down places throughout the states. This pictures are now a big part off how I see and photograph the state off the united states.


  • Isaac Chu

    Nguan’s works are inspiring to me as a photographer to create images that allow for the reminiscence of the past. His works also help me to improve on my photography skills.

  • Kim Walker

    Mark Peckmezian

    Mark’s work stands out to me because of the beautiful use of colour and raw absurdity in his subjects – dogs, people, some fruit… His work is so varied yet distinctive, and above all it is just so interesting. I want to get to know every one of the dogs and humans in his shots and enter their world for a little bit.

  • Han Jun Guang

    Mine would be “50 Photos by 50 Photographers (2013)” http://www.booooooom.com/2013/12/26/50-photos-by-50-photographers-2013/
    Saw the link via stroma. One big tasty page full of delightful and inspiring pictures.
    This giveaway will be my fav photo post of 2014 if I win haha. Nguan is exceptional in capturing the essence of my home country.

  • maritzadelavega

    these for their simplicity beauty and color: http://www.booooooom.com/2014/01/15/photographer-jo-metson-scott/
    love nguan’s work for the same reasons.

  • Jameson Kergozou

    Singapore is one of the places on my bucket list. Along with Iceland which is why I choose Laura Austin’s beautiful landscapes from there. http://www.booooooom.com/2013/09/27/photographer-laura-austin/#more-50055

  • Celina Fernandez

    that book looks stunning, even the cover alone!
    one of my favorite posts were the portraits by danny roche. the photos captured the feel of the subjects and the style photographer


  • Dane

    thank you for turning me on to Agnes Thor’s work. Her relationship with light is remarkable and inspiring. Nguan is another fantastic example. Keep up the good work Jeff.

  • Juan Madrid

    Book looks awesome!

    Favorite post was Andrew Querner, his photographs are delicate and he manages to capture a sense of place. Mixes art and documentary well and the images are beautiful to look at.


  • I really adore Julianne Swartz’s series entitled Placements: http://www.booooooom.com/2013/08/21/placements-photos-by-artist-julianne-swartz/.

    The colours are beautiful and the juxtaposition of the sky and the sea looks so familiar and comforting, yet oddly bewildering at the same time. I love the idea of playing with reflections to let us see different sides of the same place.

  • Michael Easterly

    My favorite photo post was from Jee Young Lee whose work is like an immersion into dreams. Her images are so powerful that I had to share her work with all of my friends.

  • michael

    Osma Harvilahti or Hideaki Hamada hmmm…

  • Chris Dammeyer

    My favourite has to be David Luraschi’s landscapes from november, especially the first image. The light and colour in his images have an oil painting quality to them that also makes them seem slightly fantastical or otherworldly. They look almost like they could have been lifted from a Magic: The Gathering card… and I mean that in the best possible way! Love his work.


  • Diego Rodriguez

    I like all the “Best of Instagram” posts because they make me realize that a good photo can be made with any device.

  • GMV


    Mesmerized by the blurring line between fantasy and reality.

  • eunhyelee85


    nina ahn’s been a favorite photographer for a while, and in your 2013 post of her photographs, i love the lighting and staging and especially the model’s eyes in the 3rd and 4th photographs.

  • Cleopatria Peterson

    This book looks absolutely gorgeous.


    I get the whole no snow flake is the same thing but when you can see the intricate detail that actually makes a snowflake, holy, it blows my mind. Not to mention that it wasn’t even a fancy camera that captured these beautiful macros.

  • RhaDiva

    The colors are evocative of places close to the sea,
    beautiful and yet, with depth and a richness full of mystery and searing
    singularity almost ghostly. There is a song sung by the artist, Sandra St.
    Victor entitled; Lonely in a crowded room.

    Here, each photo speaks of being surrounded by civilization
    which; is absent. Even and especially, number four where; perhaps a plaza of
    some sort; populated by people who are unconnected all individuals, separate
    from each other as if; they are small undocked boats bouncing on waters of the
    surf in a harbor, facing in the same direction, hulls pushed together then
    moving off, ready to float away on the surf. Beautiful and sad.

  • RhaDiva

    The colors are evocative of places close to the sea,
    beautiful with depth and a richness full of mystery and searing singularity
    almost ghostly. There is a song sung by the artist, Sandra St. Victor entitled;
    Lonely in a crowded room.

    Here, each photo speaks of being surrounded by civilization
    which; is absent. Even and especially, number four where; perhaps a plaza;
    populated by people who are unconnected all individuals, separate from each
    other as if; they are small undocked boats bouncing on waters in the surf stuck
    in a harbor, facing in the same direction, hulls pushed together then moving
    off, ready to float away. Beautiful and, sad.

    I do not know Singapore but loneliness an anomaly.

    Nguan’s work; Loneliness Goes, is visceral.


  • Corazón Atómico

    wow… such a interesting book… definitely want too look at it with my own hands

    my favorite post was http://www.booooooom.com/2013/05/27/600-pinhole-cameras-used-for-london-grammar-wasting-my-young-years/

    love the work with the pinhole,and the idea

  • Dylan DeRose

    Oh I would love this book! I’m currently living in Hong Kong and I think I understand the loneliness to which Nguan references. Floating in solitude amongst the peach gradients and hunting hiccups of beauty with your eye.

    My favorite post would totally be: http://www.booooooom.com/2013/08/21/placements-photos-by-artist-julianne-swartz/. There’s something really special in not being able to distinguish between there being a mirror in their hand or not. The void of the horizon could come from beyond or within.

    • Nguan picked you as the winner! check your email!

  • http://www.booooooom.com/2013/11/25/photographer-david-luraschi-2/#more-51294

    I liked your selection of David Luraschi’s work because the images make one realize how large the earth is in comparison with humankind.

  • sue montoya

    My favorite photo was by December’s submission Michael Cleveland Rudd.


    This image struck me. I think about it every time I shoot, and it’s a quality that Rudd demonstrates throughout his work. Very happy he was selected :-)

  • Alistair Henning

    I’m thinking of moving to Singapore in the next couple of months and Nguan’s photos are very inspiring.

    Choosing just one photo post is really tough. I like this one

    because I’ve always had a soft spot for instant film and it’s nice to see somebody doing something a bit different with the newer stuff.

  • Tabita Hub

    Wooow. I haven´t seen the posts of Nguan before, but he is amazing! The moments he captures are so perfect, the style and colours are so unique.
    Of 2013 this series impressed me a lot:

  • I loved “The Square” by Seokmin Ko. Such a simple way of adding some surrealism to the natural world. The “square” looks like a portal to an alternate dimension! http://www.booooooom.com/2013/10/09/the-square-by-seokmin-ko/#more-50268

  • This is one of my favorites: http://www.booooooom.com/2013/08/28/photographer-felix-odell/

    …because I’d love to be there, in those photos. All the photos are drenched with a “feeling”. Love it…

  • tinypattern

    I fell for this book as soon as I came across its pages. The tug between richness and coolness in color emit that of the lone.

  • Oooooh, I would love to have this book…

    There were so many amazing posts in 2013, but I have to go with Jessica Tremp. Her work was been rattling around in my head since I first saw the photos.
    Her ability to use the natural elements to create such a range of different feelings for the pose is very cool. Plus they’re technically well done, and the lighting is rad.


  • Jessica

    Agnes Thor, for sure. The use of light and color is unbeatable. So whimsical and calming. http://www.booooooom.com/2013/10/02/photographer-agnes-thor-2/#more-50159

  • Morgan Campbell


    This photo series, and specifically the first image, inspired me to keep pursuing my environmental photo work. For me, the series, connects the home life, and and interior space to the outside world, when we usually consider them completely separate. It reminds me of our connection to nature and our duty to share this connection.

  • angela

    This series by Haley Morris http://www.booooooom.com/2013/04/26/photographer-haley-morris-cafiero/ not only is my favourite it also inspired me me to see things diferently.

  • Sarah

    Ah this book is so beautiful! My favorite photo post from last year was Laura Austin’s series of Iceland. I’m now planning a trip this summer..

  • Nicholas Williams
  • Serena Jetelina

    One that particularly stood out to me was the series by Ritta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth titled “Eyes as Big as Plates”. This series weaved the beauty, melancholy, wild adventure, and inevitable decay of our life together, and captured how we are inextricably linked to nature and the earth below us. I loved it.


  • Monica Bermudez

    Zimoun’s Cotton Balls in Switzerland ~ the photos which captured the instillation’s live experience ~ create a meditation of the project. It depicts worlds within worlds and the power of collections. It means something to me because I like to see the world as bubbles of creations upon creations.

  • Shoshana Krohner


    I fell in love with these photos the moment I saw them. I right away shared them with my friends-who all proceeded to gasp in awe and amazement. I love when a photographer can make you feel the magic of the simple things around you- and this talented photographer definitely did that. It is now winter, the snow has piled up and its freezing outside ( I live in Michigan)..But if you look at the absolute majesty of each tiny little snowflake-those simple piles of snow will become sources of wonder and delight. Thank you Alexey for making this winter a bit more bearable!

  • clara

    what a beautiful book. http://www.booooooom.com/2013/05/23/photographer-danny-roche/ the composition and emotion of these photos emulate what i aim to create with my own photography.

  • tina

    it looks like a lovely book. my favorite photo has got to be the series from kyle thompson (http://www.booooooom.com/2014/01/02/photographer-kyle-thompson/#more-52160). the man is easily my favorite photographer: he has such a way of capturing emotions with the lighting, the gestures and the composition! it all lies in the subtleties and that is just what i find incredible. beautiful things don’t ask for attention.

  • Asrul Dwi

    i love the Rebecca Reeve post. It makes me rethink the whole meaning about a person personal view and its environment. I guess, event if we stand in a strange places..we’ll kinda feel a bit of us. :)

  • Benjamin A

    I loved the presented work from Joris Vandecatseye http://www.booooooom.com/2013/12/31/photographer-joris-vandecatseye/, fascinating geometrical emptiness that can even make humans seem meaningless in the middle of its own architectural art.

    Nguan’s book seems pure poetry. I’d love to get it

  • Bugu Melis C.

    Everything about Nico Krijno is extremely intriguing to me -but what strikes me most is the story behind. After noticing his works on Booooooom, I made a brief research about him and came to realize that he sees only with one eye. What a true talent!


  • Peripheral

    I really liked the work of Stephen Alkire in your Best of Instagram 15 post. Very successful at capturing not only the subject matter, but the emotion of the environment, whether felt through motion or grandeur.

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