Deep into October and I’ve yet to write a word for DearSusan. Shame on me.
It’s hard to write when you’re having fun. Me ’n Mrs P both have birthdays in October and in recent years, have chosen to spend them both in Singapore. That’s two weeks – more than most visitors spend there in a lifetime. Even the locals give us very odd looks when we say how long we’re in town for.
I’m a little concerned at this point that you might misunderstand my nomination and choose not to visit after all. That. Would. Be. A. Mistake.
This is one of the world’s great cities, there’s more than enough to do, the food is eclectic and wonderful, the weather unremittingly predictable, there’s a brilliant museum to see and it’s hard to imagine that the population could be more friendly, or helpful.
So why is it an undestination?
If you look, you’ll find history under almost every coat of paint. Shrines outside shops and homes, mosques, hawker centres (eating places) in every small district. Then there’s a modern CBD, office towers, the newly renovated Raffles, underground shopping malls, blissful air conditioning.
It’s extraordinary, but I couldn’t really come to terms with what I was seeing, leastways photographically. I’d photograph a bowl of char hor fun (wok fried noodles, beef, mushroom, egg and oyster sauce) in a heartbeat, but could find little that appealed to the street photographer in me.
You are joking, of course.
I’d slimmed down my ”away” kit and wanted to get as much use of my recently acquired 35mm f1.4 Distagon as possible. On an X-Pro2, I found the perfect pairing and shot almost exclusively with it for the first week. Catching sight of my X-H1 skulking in the hotel cupboard one afternoon, bought a switch and more perfection, just a bit heavier.
So what did I shoot?
The odd, eye catching shadows that an equatorial sun can create, some bizarre building details, several car parks and urban scenes and quite a lot of very shallow DoF images that pleased me hugely.
Looking back on recent visits, this realisation has been a while coming. I’ve shot thousands of photographs in and around the city, but there are few I’d choose to put in a roadshow, or exhibition.
Looking at Flickr and searching for images shot in and around the city produced the screen grab you see here – 99% shot across Marina Bay, highlighting the famous hotel and the Supertrees – every visitor ought to see all of these places. If you want to capture something different, you’ll need to work quite a lot harder.
That said, if you’ve already been to Singapore, you will recognise just about every shot here as it captures the moment, place and people that make up this remarkable undestination.
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