First of all I must apologize for the lengthy gap in the updates (nearly a month I think!) – I’ve had a personal crisis going on now (something that I’m not at liberty to share at the moment) so things are a bit held up right here, but we’re back now to our regularly scheduled programming. After all, one can’t dwell forever in a state of limbo, and when the chips are down, photography becomes an outlet to express, a valve to release, a place of quiet contemplation, which was in the first place, the original reason for taking pictures.
The best place for an unparalleled time and experience of unbridled street photography is none other than the streets of Little India, where if you are not of the Indian race, you will feel like a tourist traipsing through the narrow and exotic streets which make up this quaint, yet familiar enclave of the Indian population in Singapore, both local and foreigners. Exotic because this is like no other place in modern built up Singapore; familiar because after all, this is still Singapore.
On this particular Sunday weeks ago, when I walked the streets in contemplation and deliberation, my senses were once again overwhelmed progressively as God decided to bless me with various little snippets of life, and more importantly, opened my eyes and placed me at the right time and place to marvel at the vast tapestry of life in this place.
One of the most interesting places I discovered is this “Beer Garden” where men (I didn’t see any women at all) gathered to drink, eat, snack, watch a public TV broadcast, or simply to mill around and make small talk.
The camaraderie is evident even among men and our avian friends, the ever present pigeons.
As I have mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2, the people in Little India are mostly oblivious to photography, and even if they did notice, more often than not I am greeted with friendly smiles. Street photography is certainly not the sterile affair it can sometimes become when people are too overly suspicious of you…..
That’s all I have for this update. Do remember to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on foreign workers in Singapore. Do watch out for the next post here – updates will be more frequent now! (Edit: Part 4 is now online!)