An afternoon chat at a sarabat tea stall

Baghdad Street Sarabat Tea Stall-1

I spent about half an hour sitting at a sarabat tea stall near the junction of Bussorah street and Baghdad street. After a long walk, I had two glasses of iced milk tea. One of the owners sat at a table next to me, resting. We talked in Malay. He told me his legs were no longer strong. His name is Anwarul Haq. I hope I got his name right. He is now 74 years old and has gone for Hajj in 2003. He was 64 then. May God bless him with good health. These two photos were shot with Olympus E-P3 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens.

Baghdad Street Sarabat Tea Stall-2

Back in June, I visited them for a tea break and took some shots using my iPhone 4s. I talked to the other owner, Haji Abdul Mualam. Again, I hope I got his name right. He told me that they have been in the business for 44 years now. Haji Abdul Mualam is the one on the left.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 26

100 Strangers Photography Project - by Hendra Lauw - No. 26

His name is Diego Resurreccion and he is my stranger no. 26. I met Diego on board the Star Virgo cruise ship couple months ago. He is from Makati, the Philippines and works as a chef at the ship’s Taverna restaurant. This friendly guy told me that his work arrangement is 10 months on board the cruise ship and 2 months off.

Mobile Street Photography in Singapore – Raining in Bugis

iPhone Street Photography

I was making my way to the Bugis train station from Bencoolen when it rained that night in September last year. I stopped in front of a shop, took shelter from the rain and started taking panning shots of people walking with their umbrellas and shopping bags above their heads using the Hipstamatic app on iPhone 4s. The ‘film’ and ‘lens’ combination was John S Lens and Blackey SuperGrain black and white film. My favorite Hipstamatic combination for black and white images. What’s your favorite Hipstamatic setting for black and white shots?

Enjoy the rest of the images below.


Chinese Opera – Backstage Shots

These backstage shots of the Chinese Opera were taken about two months ago in Little India during the hungry ghost month. I was allowed access to the backstage by the kind lady who prepared herself to go on stage. What a joy! All shots with Leica M9 and Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm f/2. Enjoy the photos.MORE +

A Toast to a Happy Life Forever and Ever

I posted this on my Instagram few days ago and have wanted to post it here, but wasn’t able to until now. I took this photo using the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone 4s while I was having my breakfast at a coffee place in City Hall. They could easily be in their 80s but they look pretty healthy.

The man was reading newspaper while his wife was having her toast. Once a while he would share with his wife what he was reading. I saw there was only one cup on the table. The man has either finished his, or they share or one of them don’t take coffee or tea. But regardless, there was love. I could feel it from where I sat.

Now, I would like to share with you a story that I read before. There seems to be some variations to it, but the message remains the same. Happy reading.MORE +

The Boss

The Boss at Geylang Serai Night Market, shot with Leica M9 and Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm at f/2. Here is another one without the two ladies in the foreground. MORE +

Romance by the Bay

“I love you honey!”
“I promise that I will always be with you.” (“hihihi … promise?”)

Leica M9 and Zeiss ZM 50mm f/2 lens.

Just Woke Up – A Medium Format Portrait with a Rolleiflex TLR

Ola, have you seen those big 6×6 cm negatives lately? I shot this using the Rolleiflex 2.8F which I borrowed from a friend. I like the big negative. It doesn’t curl as much as the 35mm, and since I scan the entire negative by simply placing it on the scanner surface, this is a good thing.

The film used as you can tell from the scan above is the Fuji Pro400H 120mm.

And just for your viewing pleasure, here is the black and white version after I converted the scan result in Adobe Lightroom and removed the film information on the black border.MORE +

In the dark alley of Little India

I shot these images at night in Little India using the Canon P rangefinder camera and Canon 35mm f/2 LTM lens. The film was the black and white Kodak Tri-X 400.

Canon P is a fully mechanical rangefinder camera. No battery needed to operate the camera. This makes metering a little tricky. But if you are an iPhone user, you can download this little app to use as an exposure meter. My Canon P was probably produced around 1960. Bought quite cheap locally here in Singapore.MORE +

Durian Seller

Durian seller at night near Bencoleen street. Shot with Minolta CLE and Minolta Rokkor 40mm f/2 on Kodak TMax 400 black and white film. I cropped it so it has square format. MORE +

Singapore Diminishing Trades

Some of the Singapore diminishing trades are shown in the images here.  All these were shot with the 645Pro app on iPhone 4s using the H5 black and white setting.

The first trade above is the roadside cobbler. It was shot in Chinatown. You can still find quite a lot of roadside cobblers around Singapore, but they may not be around for long as many of them are already old.

The next one here is the fruits seller in Chinatown. I am not quite sure about this one, but I saw a sign saying “Diminishing Trade” near her stall before. The sign seemed to be an official one from the government. MORE +

A Simple Village Life in Rajashtan

These images were shot in a small village off the highway from Ajmer to Jaipur, Rajashtan, India last year. All were shot with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5, except for the last one.

These people were very friendly, inviting me and my friend for afternoon chai and I was free to walk around including going inside their houses. You probably can’tktell, but cow dung was used to build their houses, especially for the wall and the floor. They mix the cow dung with clay, mud, sand and water. The image below shows the woman painting the wall made of this mixture. Can you see the little boy standing on a chair with a pail of paint on his head?