SINGAPORE STREET LIFE
Through the eyes of Christopher Wilson.
Shot with Leica Q2 Monochrom, with a dedicated Summilux 1:1.7/28 ASPH.
Singapore has a wide diversity of culture and art. There are pockets of Singapore which offer an eclectic mix of people, styles and beauty, which can be surprising and very unique. I spent some time wandering around Haji Lane, and was delighted by the buzz and the people running small businesses, from a boxing gym to a Marvel model shop, and a flower pot shop using manakins. Buildings are adorned with creative graffiti, and everywhere you look there is something which catches the eye. Gardens by the Bay offers unusual sculptures and innovative buildings.
"Model shop on Haji Lane. My favourite shot! The shop keeper was very kind to agree to pose for this shot. I love the background, and the look on the shopkeepers face. The shot lends itself to B&W. There was so much to capture in this photograph! I was amazed how well the Q2 Monochrom performed with close up portraits."
Shot with Q2 Monochrom, Summilux 1:1.7/28 ASPH, ISO 3200, F5.6, 1/500 sec
All you need is love
"Wandering around Haji Lane, I looked up at Pinocchio sitting on a window ledge at Juice clinic. Above Pinocchio, I suddenly saw seven manakins jutting out from the roof, with song names adorned on their torsos. The first one I saw was the Beatles “All you need is love” on the left side. I really liked this shot but was unsure whether it would work. It needed some touch ups to bring out the titles. The Monochrom seems to handle so many difficult shooting conditions so well."
Shot with Q2 Monochrom, Summilux 1:1.7/28 ASPH, ISO 1600, F8, 1/400 sec
"There is a Fight Club on Beach road called Juggernaut. I walked pass the club and was drawn inside to watch the boxers training. The club was a perfect setting for black and white, because of the rawness of the place, the sweat, hardness of the training and the atmosphere. The owners kindly allowed me to spend some time sitting in a corner with my Q2 Monochrom. I really like this shot, as it shows true focus, adrenaline, passion, and dedication. I like the tattoo on the trainers arm, the focus on the boxers face, and the positioning of the mirror. "
Q2 Monochrom, Summilux 1:1.7/28 ASPH, ISO 6400, F2, 1/200 sec
"Sleeping Baby at Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay. The sculpture is by British sculptor, Marc Quinn, is approximately 9 metres long and weighs 7 tons! I spent a long time trying to get an interesting angle on the shot, and eventually settled on the baby looking up at MBS in the distance. "
Q2 Monochrom, Summilux 1:1.7/28 ASPH, ISO 200, F9, 1/125 sec
Christopher Wilson shares his thoughts on the Q2 Monochrom, "I have owned the Q2 Monochrom for about four months now, and it is one of the best cameras I have ever owned. The quality of the camera, from the outstanding 28mm 1.7 lens, to the superb build quality, purity of the B&W sensor, and ease of use makes this camera a winner for the type of photography I enjoy. Shooting black and white has always been a joy to me. Somehow I always feel that my B&W photos are more artistic, and create more intrigue. Having a professional black and white, compact camera with excellent low light shooting capability, ability to crop, and pureness of a B&W sensor, is a dream come true for me. I am even able to get good portraits, and use the macro setting. I would recommend this camera to anyone who appreciates the purity of B&W, and only wants the best!"
The Singapore Street Life is currently on exhibit at the Leica Marina Bay Sands Store. All photos can be purchased through Leica, and all funds will go to Water and Healthcare Foundation (WAH) in Cambodia, to help improve the lives and conditions of rural communities, through delivery of clean water, medical training and cataract missions. Find out more about WAH here.
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER WILSON
Christopher Wilson is a Singaporean, originally from England. His passion for photography started in the mid 1980’s, when he was a soldier based in the Sultanate of Oman desert, and captured life with the Bedouin. Since then, Christopher has enjoyed photographing the mystery and magic of cultures around the world. His latest work revolves around photographing the beauty and diversity of Singapore, in black and white.