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Singapore: Monochrome Visions

These pictures were taken around late July/early August, when National Day (9 Aug) was just around the corner.

I was in Singapore for about three weeks, and every single day, I carry at least 2 (and sometimes 3) cameras with me when I’m out and about.

So in a way, this post (and those that come after) is a partial answer to the question of what it is about Singapore I celebrate.

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This was at the entrance of City Hall MRT station, and they saw what I was doing and posed for me.

They were holding up the sign to direct people who were going to watch the National Day Parade rehearsals.

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It looks like they were posing. They were already in that position and they turned to look at me as I approached.

All the pictures here were taken on a single roll of Kodak BW400CN, on my Minolta AF-C, and as I looked at the negatives, I was amazed to see so many images of Indian and Bangladeshi workers.

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In many ways, they are responsible for literally building Singapore.

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Singapore is what it is partly because of them.

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The physical infrastructure works like a clock partly because of them.

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I was walking on a pavement and they were holding grass-cutters, looking at me the whole time.

They were waiting for me to walk past so they could resume work.

And my wife said, quick, quick, take out your camera, and so I did and took the above photo.

Check out the chiaroscuro.

I waved and they nodded and went on with their work.

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This is Singapore.

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This, too, is Singapore.

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Definitely Singapore.

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This picture was taken while I was in a queue. Yummy.

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She spotted me and smiled.

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This too is Singapore.

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There were quite a number of soldiers in the area because of the National Day Parade rehearsals, directing crowds and traffic.

I’ve done my share of that when I was an army boy.

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Lion City banner – I aimed my camera at the banner, and waited for someone to come along to complete the picture.

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Check out the logo on the T-shirt. That’s the crescent and the five stars of the Singapore flag.

Patriotism is in the air.

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Is he a tourist or a Singapore resident? You can’t tell these days.

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This is a global Singapore.

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This was at Little India.

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Another take at Little India.

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Sometimes I wonder: why do I take street photographs? What is it about street photography, such that I feel compelled to take pictures of strangers?

An answer of sorts:

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Because I’m afraid of being conditioned by market forces into thinking of people as mannequins…

Thanks for reading, and check out my prints!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 comments on “Singapore: Monochrome Visions

  1. [Gm]
    August 16, 2014

    Happy National Day…

    BTW, I thought the temple and cow statue are in Chinatown (Sri Mariamman Temple)… interesting.

    • eddietay
      August 16, 2014

      Oops – you’re right! What was I thinking? @flabbergasted@ Thanks for pointing it out. 🙂

  2. Andy Metcalf
    September 1, 2014

    Hi Eddie, Thanks very much for your positive comments about my website – withsigmarpolkebytheriver (withsigmar.com) . Good to get it. Like very much your black and white photos shot on film – arresting, thoughtful, interesting. Brings the issue of race/ethnicity alive in Singapore, was my thought.
    I have just shot 4 rolls of film on my old Nikon F3 in southern France.

    Best Andy

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