Tai Po Market Area

That’s the bustling area near Tai Po Market MTR Station.

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The trick I suppose with street photography is to find a place that is bustling and yet not too crowded so you could walk and stop comfortably without being too conspicuous.

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Lots of metaphorical possibilities here.

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Tree + building + bamboo scaffolding = Hong Kong!

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Rectangular grids.

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It’s a hot day.

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A shredded plastic bag as leading line.

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Yummy watermelons!

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Longans!

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Street exhibition.

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Let the buildings speak.

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Hard at work.

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I managed to take all these shots before my Contax TVS II decided to call it a day. The shutters stuttered and died.

I’ve been to a few repair places and was told, well, that’s the story of vintage electronic film cameras. Sigh.

And guess what … it’s loaded with one of my few remaining rolls of the discontinued Kodak BW400CN.

Sigh.

Oh well … at least I have one more working TVS II and another TVS I…

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak BW400CN

 

Spaces of Discipline

We shape the city.

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The city shapes us.

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We create new possibilities.

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But there’re only so many paths you could choose to take.

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Sometimes the view surprises us.

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Sometimes it stops us from going further.

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We have to do the work of philosophy.

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To think about what we’re moving, and what moves us.

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Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

 

 

 

 

Urban Space in Singapore

We like to know where we are in urban space.

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We cannot help ourselves.

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We need to know where we are.

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We need space to frame ourselves.

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But space can speak for itself.

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Sometimes we’re simply compelled to look.

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And look again.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

 

Spaces of Beauty

Whenever we’re in Singapore, my children get to attend school there. So they get to see their classmates in Singapore once a year, for a few weeks.

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This area is near my daughter’s school.

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The reds and greens interact nicely.

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So yes, it’s good to carry a film camera wherever I go.

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I spent a few mornings thinking about colours and composition.

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Things make sense here.

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This is everyday Singapore.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Kodak UltraMax 400

 

Long Distance Street Photography

A good rule is worth breaking once in a while.

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There’s a quote attributed to Robert Capa that if your photos aren’t good enough, it’s because you aren’t close enough.

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Hence, the usual advice is to go for 28mm or 35mm lenses.

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But hey, sometimes it’s worth doing the opposite, just to see what happens.

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You look for colours.

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You look for grids.

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Blocky rectangular grids.

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There’s a story waiting to happen.

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On another day at Central.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Canon Prima Twin S

Film: Kodak Ultramax 400

Canon Prima Twin S

Behold the Canon Prima Twin S!

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There’s 2 lenses here – the 38mm and 70mm.

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I figure it would be useful for street photography from 2 different distances.

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These are views from the escalators at Central.

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That’s Gage Street.

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Things get grungy here.

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It gets blurry – though I’d rather like the painterly effect.

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Thanks for reading!

 

Camera: Canon Prima Twin S

Film: Kodak Ultramax 400