Tsim Sha Tsui at Night

So here’s TST at night.

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Everyone has a place to get to.

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Spotted.

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Someone’s waiting.

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Someone’s looking.

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Someone’s packing.

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Someone’s unloading.

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Boxes that have lost their purpose.

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The mannequins and model are more alive than actual people.

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We’re all shadows in a cave of our own making.

 

Singapore Vertigo

Singapore can be vertiginous at times.

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You look up.

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You could lose your balance.

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It’s a culture on display.

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A culture that wants to be legible.

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It wants to be read globally.

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To be taken seriously.

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There’s an official stamp on everything.

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We see what we are supposed to see.

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A people on display.

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No one can truly be at rest.

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We keep on looking.

Camera: Contax TVS II

Film: Agfa Vista 400

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Some more Shamshuipo

I’m still walking around…

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The streets are exhibitions waiting to speak.

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What would the stall say?

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What’s he thinking about?

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We’re all concealed by what we buy and sell.

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We all buy and sell.

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We’re all waiting.

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Until it’s all meat…

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Getting Out of a Creative Rut

Some days, it seems like things just won’t come together.

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You’re feeling blocked.

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The framing is off.

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You look up.

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You look back at people.

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You look up again.

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You try again.

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What else can one do, but try to fail better.

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And then you get the feeling that things are coming together finally.

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And you find something that makes sense, finally.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Ilford XP2 400