Labour Day in Singapore

Bugis is rapidly becoming one of my favourite street shooting locations. On Thursday it was especially busy due to a public holiday, Labour Day. This part of town is often so busy that people just don’t notice you and your camera. This makes it an almost ideal location for taking photos of people acting naturally in their environment.

 

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An old woman works very hard in her drinks stall, mostly pouring hot teas and coffees. This view is looking through from the side. Her main counter is directly in front of her. She only appears to be a prisoner of her work, as, perhaps, we all can feel like, from time to time.

 

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An man runs a complicated, key cutting, business from a simple, portable stall.

 

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An old woman drags these boxes and papers through the street, presumably for recycling or possibly the cardboard enables her to gain income somehow, perhaps through selling them.

 

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A couple, dressed almost identically. They had been holding each others index finger a split second before I took this photo. They seem to be having a difference of opinion. But it was the similarity of their outfits and builds that caught my eye.

 

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The young lady on the left was having her palm read by the woman on the right. Everybody seems to be anxious to know her fate, even the bird on the table.

 

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The old man on the right was clearly a good story teller and, judging by the tattoos on his arm, probably had many stories to tell.

 

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The man on the right is attempting to enlighten the man on the left about what fate may have in store for him via a kind of numerology.

 

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An old woman sells joss sticks for a near by temple. Why she needed two hats wasn’t clear to me.

 

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A couple sells flowers for use at the temple near by.

 

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In a very busy area in Bugis, an old amputee sits, almost unnoticed, on the pavement selling small tissue packets, as the world hurries past him.

 

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This man’s demonstration/selling technique was so riveting that it drew interest from passersby and others that were no where near him.

 

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As street hawker’s patter warms up to full speed, his granddaughter patiently seems to supervise and evaluate.

 

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I love this photo. To me resembles a movie scene. On the left there appears to be very a oddly matched couple of assassins who have finally made their marked man.

 

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A fascinated crowd crane their necks for a look at some magical, occultist, Chinese, wizardry that was taking place inside the stall.

 

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A no nonsense, clairvoyant, card reader finds herself temporarily without customers. No doubt she knows exactly when the next one will appear.

 

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A street seller’s demonstration magnetically holds everyone’s attention.

 

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Peddle powered trishaw drivers line up, ready to hit the streets.

 

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Diners enjoy their meals above a carpark.

 

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Another angle of diners on a mezzanine floor above a carpark.

 

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Two girls entertain themselves while waiting for a bus, their bodies, a mirror image of each other.

 

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Mum and two children, tired at the end of a day, patiently wait for their bus.

 

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Mobile devices are now ubiquitous. They seem to dominate so many of our free moments.

 

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An old woman purchases a traditional snack of roasted chestnuts.

 

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Hanging out.

 

Location: Singapore
Camera: Fujifilm X100s
www.seanlowcay.com

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