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.

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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

 

Dreaming Cities – Poetry and Street Photography

Finally, I’m holding the book in my hands.

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It’s called Dreaming Cities, and it’s a collection of poetry and street photography.

Here’s the blurb: “In this book, poems and street photographs dream of the modern city, laying a poetic geography over the urban landscapes of Hong Kong and Singapore.”

 

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It’s been fun working with Math Paper Press, my publisher.

They’re a pretty happening group – Math Paper Press is an imprint of BooksActually, the bookstore to go to if you’re interested in Singaporean literature and art scene.

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They work with Sarah and Schooling, the graphic design studio responsible for the design of MPP’s gorgeous books.

As any book lover knows, a book is a tactile object. It has to look, feel and smell right.

Math Paper Press and Sarah and Schooling know their stuff.

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Singapore’s Chinatown in Colour

Chinatown!

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Having lunch.

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Looks yummy.

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This is also a space of commodity.

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Though people do live and make a living here.

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Tiong Bahru Pao!

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Colourful drinks stall.

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Yummy hawker food!

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Touristy stalls.

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Waiting for Tintin.

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Ice cream with biscuit!

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Another tourist souvenir stall.

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Agfa Vista 400

Singapore’s Little India in Colour

My previous post on Little India was in b/w.

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These are in colour.

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Friends in conversation.

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A street fruit stall.

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A framed place.

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A vegetable stall.

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I can’t resist another shot at the sign, as if to assure myself that everything has its place in Singapore.

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Agfa Vista 400

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