Heroes of the School

This project is about appreciating people around us as we take them for granted without knowing or being thankful for their help. For this project, it’s more specific towards school. Teachers are wonderful as we get to learn and absorb as much knowledge as possible from them as well as learning values. But what about the cleaners that provide a conducive environment, security guards that protect us, and staff that provide amazing services?



It was Teachers’ Day and the school organised an event so that all the students were able to be thankful and grateful towards their respective teachers. It was a joyful sight for me especially, as a photographer as I had to capture the wonderful moments. After celebrating the event, everyone left with happiness. However, as I was one of the last to leave the school, I observed cleaners arranging chairs and tables, sweeping rubbish left on the floor and working hard. That contrast struck me. Why are we not thanking the people behind the scenes? They are the ones who also made the event possible. Then, in my mind came the security guards, staff, ect. That inspired me to do this project.


All the shots were taken with Sony A6000 with the FE 70-200mm F/4. Retouching done with Lightroom. I mainly focus the quality of the work in the camera itself as this can help save time for post processing later. I always study the light such as its intensity and angle. Then I compose my frame by positioning my subjects before taking the shot.




Many were happy that I came out with this project as it reminded them about being thoughtful, appreciative and being kind. A small action can lead to a huge reaction. I shot individual portraits of the hidden heroes and printed them out as a gift to them. Though it was a small thing to me, they kept thanking me non stop and were worried that the printing was costly.

Ong Wee Kiat

A professional photographer specialised in portrait and street photography. I always believe that some of the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, but can only be felt or experienced.