Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Yellow

“This holiday season, we’re throwing you a photo challenge color curveball. Many of us around the world are ensconced in the holiday season. You may be surrounded with blue and silver if you’re celebrating Hanukkah; black, red, and green, if you’re celebrating Kwanzaa; or festooned with reds and greens if Christmas is coming to your house. With this week’s challenge, show us what yellow means to you.”

 

Cafe table

A quiet corner for a coffee presents a striking yellow and red colour clash.

Location: Singapore
Camera: Canon Canonet QL17 GIII; Film: Lomography LOMO X-Pro slide film, crossed processed
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Signs

“For this challenge, share an image of a sign: it can be a sign near your home — a comforting sight after a long journey — a sign that doubles as art, or other types of signs that hold meaning for you.”

 

NYC signs

In New York you can’t look down a street without signs of all kinds exploding in your eyes – a fact of life there that I very much enjoy. In this photograph you can see giant imagery of consumer goods and finance organisations. Below these titans of commercial activity, appearing almost shapeless and insignificant are human beings. Which of the two seems more important to you?

Location: Times Square, New York
Camera: Nikon D800, Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF; 1/40, f/5.6, ISO 100
www.seanlowcay.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Humanity

“For this week’s challenge, share what humanity means to you. Share a single photo or a collage like the tiled gallery below to represent a sea of humanity.”

 

The photos below were taken by me over a weekend, while attending a workshop on street photography in Singapore. All photos were taken in and around Little India and China Town.

Location: Singapore
Camera: Fujifilm X100S
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Fray

“Share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach.”

 

Bugis flags

Frayed and tattered flags above some dumpsters, in an alleyway, beside Bugis Street. I thought the colour of the wall was stunning and the contrast between the lighter coloured flags and background was very striking.

Location: Singapore
Camera: Fujifilm X100S; 1/100, f/5.6, ISO 200
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Containers

“This week, share your own vision of a container you find interesting. You can take the challenge as literally as you want — a box of chocolates, a broken bottle, your town’s water tank, an empty shell on the beach.”

 

Containers

Photographed in Haji Lane, Bugis, these electrically lit containers make for innovative and eye catching signage at night.

Location: Bugis, Singapore, 2009
Camera: Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, Film: Lucky B/W Film SHD100
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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

An idle Sunday afternoon on the streets of Singapore

I had other plans for Sunday (13th Apr) but finding that they weren’t possible I decided to go wandering with my trusty X100s around City Hall and Bugis.

Singapore has a very diverse population of local Chinese, Malays and Indians as well as expatriate workers from all over the world including Europe, the Americas, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, China and many other countries in east Asia and the Pacific.

Miraculously, for the most part, this huge diversity of races, religions, nationalities and philosophies coexist quite peacefully and successfully here.

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Couple
This couple is an American lad and tiny local Indian lady.

Whether you find dealing with people enjoyable, infuriating, or fascinating, one thing is certain, you’re unlikely to escape being around them in a bustling city like Singapore.

I enjoy wandering the streets on the weekend and I find that there is always something or someone interesting to put in front of my lens.

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Uncle
Older men in Singapore are honorifically called “uncle” and older women referred to as “aunty” even when they are not related to you and have no relationship to you at all.  For instance in a taxi it is perfectly normal and acceptable to refer to the driver as “uncle” when conversing with him.  You may even find people only a few years younger than you referring to yourself as uncle/aunty if you visit here.

 

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Red dress

 

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Birds on a wire

 

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Bus stop

 

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Aunty

 

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Thingyan
Thingyan is the Burmese New Year Water Festival.  Many people from Myanmar (former Burma) were out on the streets celebrating, mostly around City Hall and Peninsular Plaza on Sunday (13th Apr).

 

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Aircon
In the steaming heat of the tropics air conditioning is an essential element of office, shopping, and frequently, home life here.

 

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Location: Bugis, City Hall; Singapore
Camera: Fujifilm X100s
www.seanlowcay.com

China Town at night

One of my favourite areas of Singapore at night is China Town.  Quite often in the evening the tourist count can decline and if you wander away from the main restaurants and watering holes you can start to find more interesting areas.

This very intense game of checkers was fascinating to watch as these men pitted their intelligence against each other in strained silence

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A typical view of one of the more “local” style Chinese seafood restaurants.

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Fixed pricing can often be less fixed than you might think.

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Regular Singaporean foods of roast chicken/pork, chashu pork, tea eggs and tofu.

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A stunning display for Chinese Year of the Horse stampedes between New Bridge road and Eu Tong Sen street closely followed by a hail of traditional Chinese coins promising prosperity for the coming year.

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Location: China Town, Singapore
Camera: Fujifilm X100s
www.seanlowcay.com

Portrait of a local wet market

Wet markets in Singapore are often one of the major pillars of community life. They sell a variety of meat, produce, flowers, snacks, house plants and other house hold goods. They are often located very near food centres.

Singapore has no shortage of western style supermarkets but for a very large number of people the wet markets are considered fresher and cheaper and a good place to catch up on gossip.

I’ve been living in the same neighbourhood for about 3 years. The photos here were all taken in and around my local wet market on a Sunday morning.

 

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