[THROUGH THEIR LENS] is a monthly feature by contributing photographer Becky Philpott showcasing photographers from Vancouver and around the world.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to street photography. You can be up front and obnoxious like Bruce Gilden or hidden and elusive like Philip-Lorca diCorcia. Mel Yap lays somewhere in-between. When shooting his Vancouver street scenes, Yap keeps just enough distance between himself and his subjects. This approach leads to images of intrigue and mystery which is a description not often associated with street photography. While looking at his images you can almost picture Yap hidden on a street corner; waiting for that perfect shard of light to hit a passer by. His images bring us out of the shadows and into a light that illuminates quiet, personal moments the common pedestrian might miss.