What better way to spend a steamy night in Singapore than wandering Chinatown enjoying the colour, shopping and food! Our recent shoot with models Nadia and Greg captured a bit of that fun and I can vouch that the drinks and food weren’t bad either.
Affinity. Closeness. Longing for connection. These shared experiences are what elevate our lives beyond mere existence. Good or bad, they are the muse for poetry, the rhythm of music, and the ‘heart’ in our heart. This body of work is about exploring just that: our humanity seen through how we connect with something outside ourselves. That moment when we bare our souls and open our hearts.
It doesn't matter how many times I visit Singapore, there's always something new to take in. I especially love the mix of the old with the new. I must say I love getting into the back streets and the markets of Little India and China Town. I'm really enjoying the ABC program, Serangoon Road which is set in the mid 60's in Singapore. Something about that era and my love of retro! Maybe for research I should stay at the Marina Bay Sands next time though!
A few shots revealed from my shoot in Singapore at Raffles Hotel.
We had a lot of fun on this shoot. The iconic Raffles was a gorgeous backdrop for these elegant photos in my signature silky and romantic style. If you haven't ever stayed there, it should be on your bucket list ;-). The hotel staff were the most genuinely friendly and wonderful people. I'm not surprised the hotel is listed as one of the world's best.
One thing that was challenging for the shoot was the humidity, something I'm not used to coming from Sydney. My lens would fog up when I'd walk outdoors from the air-conditioned rooms. My local team, Winnie and Hanna had their work cut out for them with keeping the models' hair from frizzing, powdering away the perspiration and preventing the clothes from looking saturated. They did a really good job! Our models Katie and Sol I'm sure you will agree were stunning! Thanks to everyone involved for a great result!
Our shoot in Singapore is now over and I'm now well and truly in holiday mode. Time to immerse ourselves in the culture, smells, vibrancy and flavours of the local markets. My wife Angela lived in Singapore as a child, so I'm gladly in her hands when she takes us to Lau Pa Sat markets. Places like this are so inspiring. Simple food, done so effortlessly but so tasty. I feel so much more at home too, being where the locals eat, and trying something exotic. Well maybe not TOO exotic! So what do ya reckon guys, will you let me experiment in the kitchen when back home, or are some of my previous concoctions still burnt on your memory?!! (And I still think red Thai curry and blueberries is going to be the next big thing! You heard it here first ;-) )
I'm away travelling at the moment and started my trip with a jaunt in Singapore. I stayed at the famous and incredibly luxurious Raffles hotel. Wow I highly recommend staying here, even if its only for a night, it was definitely an experience. I was actually working on this part of the trip so it wasn't all cocktails and shopping, you can see more of the hotel in my behind the scene shots below and also take a look at their beautifully shot video of the hotel, here. I was sold the moment I watched it.
Thank you to my brilliant team, Sol, Winnie, Hana, Katie and Angela who agreed to work on Vesak day which is a public holiday in Singapore for Buddha's birthday.