Street Thoughts

I don’t want to over-intellectualize things, but after doing this for a few years now, I’ve come to the conclusion that for me, to take street photographs is to think on my feet.

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When I came upon the above scene for example, I am reminded of how much culture depends on physical toil that is too often, invisible. We marvel at the Great Wall of China, at the pyramids in Egypt, and of course, there’s an invisible history of physical toil involved.

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I like the way signs are re-appropriated for other purposes. The full-size image of an air hostess welcomes you into the shop, which is closed for lunch. I make it a point to come here every time I’m in Singapore, to check out some of those NATO watch straps.

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The deployment of trees is part of the city’s architecture.

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The trees frame the building. Living in the city, we tend to forget that it is ultimately nature that frames human activity.

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Something we do every day, waiting at a pedestrian crossing. One of those insignificant yet ubiquitous experience that characterizes urban life which we tend to forget.

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Camera: Olympus XA 3

Film: Ilford XP2

 

 

Chinatown Moments

A history of the present…

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The streets are clean.

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Street tourism.

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Somewhat in your face…

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Street prayer…

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Street fruit!

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Street selfies…

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Another history of the present…

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Camera: Olympus XA 3

Film: Ilford XP2

Singapore’s Little India in B/W

These are b/w street photographs of Little India.

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Think of these as a nod towards Aik Beng Chia’s work on Little India.

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Check out his excellent work Tonight the Streets Are Ours here and here.

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There’s definitely a strong sense of community here.

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People are always in touch with one another.

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Scenes of friendship.

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Street scenes.

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Joy of the streets.

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The streets are institutionalized and framed.

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That doesn’t mean we should stop searching and looking.

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

 

Singapore Street Photography

These are various snapshots in Singapore, with no particular order or theme in mind.

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Though I must confess a significant number of images have to do with food…

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He’s eating.

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He’s texting.

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He’s working really hard.

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He’s buying.

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I’m buying.

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I’m buying some more.

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These, I suppose, make up part of what Singapore is.

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2

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

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