Hong Kong Lucida

A Thinking Street Photography Blog

Searching for Singapore III

I suppose this theme is like a visual fixation for me.

This post is dedicated to those who know what it feels like to be doing street photography in your own neighbourhood.

In our own ways, we’re all searching for something, using our cameras as visual search engines.

What are we looking for? For another way to look, to turn everything into a work of art…

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I suppose it’s about moments that surprise me.

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That tree now looks like an explosion with the HDB flat facade as backdrop…

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I keep coming back to HDB flats (public housing that 80-85% of Singaporeans live in), because it’s the cookie-cutter, middle-class, ideological environment I grew up in and which is part of who I am.

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For those looking for general info concerning public housing in Singapore, this article from Wikipedia is a good general source. You could purchase these (highly-subsidised) flats through various schemes which are generally pro-marriage, pro-family, pro-heteronormative, etc.

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It’s all very Bauhaus-influenced, with a rational/functional ethos to it.

Chua Beng-Huat, a sociologist at NUS, has a wonderful book called Political Legitimacy and Housing: Singapore’s Stakeholder Society. It looks at the ideological and social-engineering aspect of Singapore’s public housing policy.

I’m fascinated by how newness can emerge from familiar/regimental environments.

I have a thing with hawker centre food …

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These are some people I’m learning to see again with my camera.

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These were all taken on the same day I was due to go back to Hong Kong.

At the airport … back to Hong Kong…

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Is Hong Kong any different?

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In the end, it’s all about finding your place, moving up or down…

I should say all of images here are from the same roll of film: Ilford XP2 in an Olympus XA2.

The Leica M6 is now my back up camera (!!!)

Thanks for reading!

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2 comments on “Searching for Singapore III

  1. philosophoenix
    July 13, 2014

    Reblogged this on Being Southern Somewhere Else and commented:
    I love this work, the vibrant images and the way they are discussed. Check out all his work. There are more obviously busy ways to spend a Sunday morning, but few more satisfying than walking the streets of other places through his camera lens.

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