Sunday, September 28, 2014

Geylang Road

 Geylang Road is one place in Singapore that I would not go unless someone asks me to. It is an area that is infamous for its red-light district and looks nothing like the rest of Singapore where buildings are neat and orderly and conform to similar patterns throughout the island. Geylang is a hotchpotch and mish-mash of buildings, people and things. One thing though, it has many small temples here and there and as my friend and I wandered amongst the rows of shophouses, residential houses and apartments and small condominium developments, some old, some brand-new and some yet to be built, I just had this feeling that I had travelled back in time to Singapore in the 50s and 60s. We also stumbled upon two private museums that unfortunately were not open on that day. We walked in the searing heat of the afternoon and stopped at a coffeeshop for fruit-juice which we regretted because it was made without common-sense and appreciation of hygiene. At the end of our exploration of the area, we found the coffee-shop that was once famous for its 'tzi char' dishes. It was not as crowded and popular as it once was because the prices for the dishes were rather exhorbitant. So at the end of the meal, they have lost two more customers for we are never going back again.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Selegie Road old building

 It's all about the light and angles in photography. The same building photographed at two different times of the day. It is also about the passage of time marked by people who enter into my view when I click the shutter of my camera. 

Taken at around 1.50pm as I was was walking towards Selegie Road. This building has an interesting appearance. The fear that one day it will disappear off the face of the spot it is standing on prompted me to take a picture of it.

I crossed the road to get an all emcompassing view of this iconic building.
I was fascinated by the windows and the spiral staircase.
A couple walked into my picture and I hesitated whether I should wait till they walked out of my view or include them anyway. I did and that had lent an item of interest to the photo.
The colour combination here caught my eye.
At around 6pm I walked past this building again to get to the carpark and the dull lighting of the earlier photos had been replaced by a warm, evening glow casting shadows and highlighting the wall textures.

The green scooter matched the colour scheme.
A man walked past and made the building come alive.
Another human being on the way home.