Street Photography in Singapore


Shooting streets in Singapore produce less stellar result as compared to shooting streets in oversea locations. This is perhaps the general conception that most of us, who shoot and based in Singapore, have in mind. But for me, I tend to disagree with this.

True enough that the public crowd in Singapore could be more sensitive towards cameras pointing at their direction. Perhaps they have more awareness towards terrorism (haha…), or perhaps it’s just the culture and belief they hold true that makes them shy away from camera. But to be honest, it doesn’t necessary means it’s the end of the world. There are still those who don’t mind being photographed in public location. And I believe it’s going to be the same for people from other countries as well. There will always be those who are okay to be photographed and those who will feel offended.

If the subject matter is virtually the same, so why people tend to think that they can produce better street shots oversea? I personally believed it’s because we are all too used to the scene around us. We have been seeing them on daily basis until it became a little “boring” to us. When we travel oversea, everything looks “fresh” to our eyes, this is followed by the idea and inspiration to shoot that new surrounding. So is Singapore boring as a street photography scene? Well, not really. There are those who actively shoot streets in Singapore and yet it makes you feel refreshing over their shots and framing. So it certainly isn’t boring, it’s just that our own mind has blocked the creativity when we labelled the location as “boring” deep within us.

Shooting streets in Singapore can produce results that are equally stellar, if not better, than those shot in overseas. The only limitation is still the photographer. This is just my personal opinion of course. I’m not a street photographer in Singapore, but this is just how I look at this matter. It’s often to hear such remark from fellow photographers, and I got to say I disagree with them. Feel free to comment as usual if you have different thoughts. Till then.

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