Revisiting Some Singapore Snaps

I’ll be back in Singapore in two weeks, and all the planning has prompted me to revisit some of my photos from my last visit in 2016. Whenever I’m in such a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, I feel that doing street photography is inevitable even if I’m hardly any good at it. In fact, I think I pretty much suck. But, I can sometimes be persistent enough to believe that I’ll eventually figure it all out and start getting better. So I take to the streets anyway – at least when I’m traveling, because everything seems to catch my eyes.

But, as for these photos from two years ago, I’ve long forgotten about them as I didn’t really like them at first. After I left them forgotten and marinating in my hard drive for so long, I think I’ve cleared myself of all the initial emotional detachment or resentment. I looked at them recently with a different eye and mindset, and I was finally able to cull a selection. 

I took the photos using color negative film. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see what they looked like in black and white. Sometimes, a photo just works better with all the colors stripped off. And it also kind of made sense in a symbolic way – both colors and memories fade. 

I’m definitely shooting street again once I’m back in Singapore. These photos aren’t that good yet, but maybe if I keep going, I’ll get there.


Photos taken using Nikon FE2 + Fuji Superia 400 (converted to black and white)