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

 

 

Things As They Are

Wallace Stevens: “You have a blue guitar,/ You do not play things as they are.”

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I suppose the whole point of the visual arts is to get us to see things as they otherwise are.

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And perhaps be unlikely.

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Wallace Stevens: “Things as they are/ Are changed upon the blue guitar.”

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This is not a bicycle.

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This is not a ladder.

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These are not sacks waiting to be moved.

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Things as they are not are directions and lines of force.

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Things as they are not are relationships between lines, textures, and light.

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With things as they are not, we learn the background of things.

 

Camera: Spotmatic F

Lens: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 35mm F 3.5

Film: Fujifilm Superia Venus 800