Tokyo Dreaming – The Exhibition

Shinjuku Girls - Shinjuku, Tokyo 2012

Shinjuku Girls – Shinjuku, Tokyo 2012

The first time I visited Tokyo, I felt like I was walking through a dream. Ephemeral humanity surged past me – each dark figure impassive, scurrying, hurtling towards an unknown destination amidst an oddly placed silence. When I turned a corner, I met groups of school girls in uniforms interwoven among fashionistas, chattering. Their words lifted me because previously I didn’t hear any, and though I don’t understand, the effect is comforting.

Working class men on the way to work - Shinjuku, Tokyo 2012

Working class men on the way to work – Shinjuku, Tokyo 2012

This surreal mix of human silence and chatter found a delicate balance in my heart. I felt liberated because somehow, it made sense. Throughout my journey, I reveled in every fleeting, dreamlike, whimsical scene that presented itself to me on the streets. For example, I found tranquility interstitially waiting for me in the gardens. In a country which has seen much tragedy and violence, I found peace and healing in Tokyo dreaming.

Next Friday, on the 21st of December 2012, Tokyo Dreaming – The Exhibition becomes reality at City College, located at 2 Bukit Merah Central, #20-00 Singapore 159835, when it formally opens at 7pm, where I will be exhibiting 25 images from this series on the streets of Tokyo. Most of the images are recent work which have not been shown online in this blog.

Tokyo Dreaming - The Exhibition

Tokyo Dreaming – The Exhibition poster

The exhibition will run from 21st Dec 2012 to 11th Jan 2013, 930am to 7pm, excluding public holidays. Prints are for sale and proceeds will go to the bursary fund for students of City College, who is the kind host and sponsor of the event venue. City College is a private school in Singapore offering secondary school ‘O’ level courses, English courses as well as diploma courses. (one of which is Singapore’s first Diploma in Professional Photography).

I will be having a short sharing session on the opening night, and local folk singer Dawn Fung will be performing as well. Do drop by on opening night at 7pm to join us for a fun time of catching up and fellowship and of course, to enjoy the prints on show.

You can RSVP your attendance for opening night at this Facebook event page. I look forward to seeing everyone of you! 🙂

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