If you’ve been looking at my Instagram account for the last couple of months or so, you would have noticed a lot more street photography then what I normally shoot / post. That doesn’t mean all of a sudden I don’t like architectural or travel photography anymore, but I really felt like I was getting a bit stuck creatively in shooting similar images that were starting to feel a bit soulless.
Hopefully this means I’m growing as a photographer and I’m looking for different challenges that will further this craft I love so much. Someone told me once (or I might have read it somewhere) that in order to be good at something creative you really have to obsess over it and those who have traveled with me over the last 10 years or so will know how much I love photographing new places and walking with my camera in hand, regardless of what camera I was carrying. This has happened even more since I started photographing the streets and one marked improvement I’ve noticed is the fact that I am much more patient waiting for things to look just right in front of me, rather than think that I’ll clone out or add something in post-production. With a couple of exceptions, the only changes I’ve made over the last couple of months to most images were cropping and straightening.
That’s also the case with the image above. I waited for about 10 minutes in front of this gorgeous building to catch a moment without any cars or people, although I could have removed some of those distractions later in Photoshop. As you’ve seen in the title of this post, this used to be the Police Station building and before that it was the site of Singapore’s first jail. Nowadays it’s used by the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Culture and was declared a national monument.