Once infamous for being Singapore's main hooker quarters, Keong Saik Road is now a sleepy place by day, stretching from Chinatown to Tanjong Pagar, this long road boasts of Chinese-style merchants, famous food places, Peranakan shophouses and a meander to the lesser known side streets with well-preserved heritage buildings that are carefully and wonderfully restored.
I enjoy the different effects captured by different types of films used in analogue photography.
Preferring ‘clean’, not so-busy images in photographs, films; such as tungsten film or chrome film, these can be cross-processed, and the photos are taken using a manual or ‘toy’ camera to change the hues in the sky and the cast of the photo tint, with effects of high vignettes, blurry areas and lens flare achieving an old school, vintage atmosphere in the photographs. These effects are now popularly sought after as special effects in photo editing tools. For purists, taking photos with black and white film also helps them to learn more about photography, not just in the travel or architecture genre, but as an expression of art in a 2D form.
What You Will Do
Our walk will bring you along the less visited areas at the fringe of Chinatown, into the Bukit Pasoh conservation area, criss-crossing into residential estates with indie cafes, and ending up at the Marina Bay skyline or Gardens by the Bay. The walk is approximately 3 km long.
Please refer to the map for more detailed information
Sights along the way:
Keong Saik Road
Spottiswoode and Everton estates
Duxton Hill area
Ann Siang Hill area
Esplanade and Merlion
Marina Bay Sands
Gardens by the Bay
Please bring your own camera. iPhones will also work.
If you'd like to try your hand at film photography, I bought a very simple one at Cat Socrates at Bras Brasah Complex. It costs $50. Model is Superheadz.
Experience will carry on even in wet weather. Most areas have covered pathways and it'll give a different feeling to the photos!
Bring cameras (photography is a big part of the experience), sunscreen, umbrella