The Fall of Singapore: A brief study

After a speaking engagement at a conference, I was happy to find a bit of time to drop by the National Museum of Singapore. I was particularly interested in visiting the exhibits on the rainforest and trees, and somehow drifted towards the permanent exhibit on the history of the island state. The museum should commended …

An event to remember

Quite happy with my recent purchase of a small booklet of prints from the weekend flea market. I was only interested in the first 7 or so photographs but there was no way to purchase them without tearing the booklet. The negatives were unfortunately nowhere to be found. One booth had a small box of empty …

Seeing red

Another routine visit to the weekend flea market in search of old photographic material. One of the sellers had a small plastic box filled with old photographs. Most of them were vacation snapshots, group photographs at schools, a series with a Chinese master demonstrating some sort of martial arts movement, photographs of a plywood company …

Into pieces

Every print at the point of creation is a precious object. Even if it is not for it's potential as a photograph that is to be treasured and admired, the paper alone is a tangible object that is the result of a lengthy process of creation in itself.  Working prints are a means towards an …

Same same but different

It's always exciting to get back into the darkroom, especially when returning from a trip with a few rolls of freshly exposed film. My recent acquisition of an automatic 35mm film camera has really freed me from fussing about focus or exposure while doing documentary work. Everything flows faster now, and I can afford to pay …

A new year

As the world moved forward into 2018, I made a quiet trip to the past. Such is the joy of working with items that belong to a different age. These negatives must have been from the ‘30 or ‘40s (rough estimate). No markings of any kind to indicate the manufacturer or production date. Only one …