Hong Kong Lucida

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VivoCity Singapore

I was in Singapore for a short working trip, presenting a paper called “The Poetics of Occupy Central – A Photo Essay” at an academic conference.

So of course I brought my camera along.

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I spent an evening on my own, a day before wifey joined me at the hotel.

So of course I did the most natural thing that came to me – I pretended to be a tourist at VivoCity.

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Darn – I can’t seem to fit a filter on my lens without it vignetting (see top corners).

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It seems like my Voigtlander 35mm doesn’t like filters.

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I’ve tried a B+W filter, and a Hoya filter as well. They both vignette.

I would be grateful for any advice from readers more knowledgeable than me in this respect.

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Crowded shopping malls depress me.

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There was a bridal fair – and you realize weddings are very regimental affairs.

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Everyone (including myself) is searching for life’s defining moments in a cookie-cutter manner.

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There’s a water park of sorts above the mall.

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The feeling here is more carefree.

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But such scenes are possible only because of the packed shopping crowd below.

They are paid for by all that buying and selling that happens below.

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We all buy and sell in our cookie-cutter lives so as to achieve moments like the one above.

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Of course, it’s not just Singapore or VivoCity that does this.

One could never be truly outside of VivoCity, even if one leaves.

Thanks for reading.

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander 35mm F 1.4 Nokton SC

Film: Kodak Bw400CN

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 comments on “VivoCity Singapore

  1. terissmile
    February 2, 2015

    Lovely pictures, I like all of them 🙂

  2. Rajiv
    February 2, 2015

    I used to use a Voightlander! It was my dad’s!

    • eddietay
      February 2, 2015

      Was it before the brand was bought by the Japanese company? Must have been a fantastic camera/lens.

      • Rajiv
        February 2, 2015

        It was in the days when it was indeed not “Japanese”. Yeah, I really liked it.

  3. hong kong fong
    February 4, 2015

    You may want to try a thin ring filter, which is less likely to vignette. I’m looking forward to my first trip to Singapore in March! Thanks for sharing your post.

    • eddietay
      February 4, 2015

      Many thanks! Will be on the lookout for thin rings. I’m sure you’ll like Singapore. It’s hot though.

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