Raffles Place Lunchtime

That’s the courtyard between the 2 main exits of Raffles Place MRT station.

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Lunchtime – that funny, in-between time that is part-leisure, part-work, part-consumption.

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People relaxing.

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Waiting.

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Posing.

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Catching up.

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Having a smoke break.

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All caught up and immersed in the ever-present, not too far away from a reminder from history, of how times have changed and will change again.

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Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2

Building Singapore

Lots of street shots to do with construction workers.

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Quite literally, these are the people who built Singapore.

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I grew up in Singapore, and even to me, the heat is too much at times.

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So yes, this is hard work.

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These were taken at various places.

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The scenes are ubiquitous.

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Singapore depends a lot on foreign labour.

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Working behind the scenes.

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So we have these.

Camera: Olympus XA 2

Film: Agfa Vista 400

Penang’s Gurney Drive

I was in Penang recently with my family and many of the street pictures were taken with my Olympus XA 2, in-between vacation shots taken with my Canon 600D.

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The above was taken while riding a trishaw.

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Another shot, taken from a trishaw.

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The Gurney Drive street food market was where we found ourselves on most days.

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Fried oyster!

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Yummy!

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Lok lok!

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Laksa!

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That’s the “Chinese rojak” stall.

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That’s the Indian rojak stall.

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Sotong kangkong!

So yes, street food was on the top of our list at Penang.

Camera: Olympus XA 2

Film: Agfa Vista 400

Olympus XA2 at Brick Lane

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That’s part of a performance: it’s the London edition of Singapore: Inside Out.

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The street composes itself.

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Young artists.

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Rectangular grids are easy to do.

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The street is its own art.

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The people and the streets are one.

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Respect the street.

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Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Street Photography and Tourism

I’ve set a challenge for myself – to do tourism slightly differently.

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It’s a way of not spending money.

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Go to touristy sites and look at tourists.

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Turn that obligatory landmark photo into a street photograph.

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And then suddenly, everyday life becomes intriguing.

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Quiet moments are especially beautiful.

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You could still be a tourist in the Tube.

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Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2

On the streets of London with an Olympus XA2

An Olympus XA2 is light, small and discreet.

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I’d raise it to my eye and no one would notice.

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Even if they do notice, people would be less likely to react, compared to if you point at them with a gigantic Canon 5D Mark III.

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You could capture people and their environment – the lens is wide enough.

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There’s the interaction between person and space.

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Its convenience cannot be overemphasized – a matter of pulling the camera out of your cargo pants pocket when the opportunity presents itself.

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Blindness to the Streets

There’s a blindness to the streets we need to learn to see.

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There’s the individual, and there’s society.

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The street looks back.

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We negotiate the streets.

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We work the streets.

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We refresh the streets.

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The street is at rest.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

 

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400