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The Key Master In Joo Chiat – Singapore’s Vanishing Trade

The Key Master in Joo Chiat - Singapore's Diminishing Trade

He looked very focused when I saw him sorting out the keys on the floor. He didn’t seem to have problem looking at them from a normal reading distance. At his age of 78 (I believe that’s what he told me his age), he certainly still have pretty good eyesight.

Mr. Choo Kok Foo is a key master who has been servicing his customers for 40 years. He starts working at 10am and finishes at 5pm. I met him recently in Joo Chiat. Not sure if that’s the same place he has been at for these past 40 years, but you can find him at 92 Joo Chiat Road now. He allowed me to take some photos and I started talking to him in my broken Hokkien. He gladly answered my questions. There were some that I didn’t understand though. He also proudly showed me a newspaper article that featured him some time ago.

I will be going back there to give him his printed photos.

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100 Strangers Project – No. 25

100 Strangers Project - by Hendra Lauw

I met these two lovely ladies when they sat down along the Bali Lane, viewing the photos they took using a Leica digital compact camera. Vera (left) and Kiki (right) are studying in Singapore. They are both from Zhejiang province in China. Kiki said she got that Leica camera from her dad. They are my stranger no. 25.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 24

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This cool gentleman is Craig. He has lived in Singapore for about 32 years now. He was originally from the southern part of New Zealand. He and his son own and run a barber shop and tattoo parlor called Hounds of the Baskerville in Bali Lane, near Bugis. He is my stranger no. 24.

When I met him, Craig was standing in front of his shop, having coffee and smoking. MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 23

100 Strangers Project - by Hendra Lauw

His name is Darren and he is my stranger no. 23. Darren is from Singapore and works in a shop called KIN (Know It Nothing), a multi label boutique in Haji Lane. KIN is selling mainly men’s clothing. When I met him, he was having a break sitting on a bench in front of the shop. After agreeing to be my stranger, he asked if he could go inside to take his hat and wear it for the photo shoot. I think the hat and sunglasses make it cool.  :)


100 Strangers Project – No. 22

100 Strangers Project - by Hendra Lauw

Stranger no. 22 is Yok Chiang and Sok Hui. They are both university students in and from Singapore.  They are friends of Gyllan, the stranger no. 21. Yock Chiang (left) was doing some street photography when I met her in Haji Lane on 15th June 2013.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 21

100 Strangers Project - No. 21 - by Hendra Lauw

Her name is Gyllan. She is a university student from Singapore who likes photography. She was doing some street photography when I asked her to be my stranger no. 21. We met last Saturday, 15th June 2013 in Haji Lane.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 20

100 Strangers Project - No. 20 - by Hendra Lauw

My stranger no. 20 is Joey from Negros, the Philippines. He was on vacation with his family in Singapore when I met him on Saturday, 15 June 2013 along the Haji Lane. He had Olympus E-PL5 with him and shared with me a little about his 19 year old daughter who is into photography and just recently bought a film camera.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 19

100 Strangers Project by Hendra Lauw

My stranger no. 19 is a couple. They are Paula and Myx from the Philippines. They are both working in Singapore. Paula is a recruiter and Myx works in a design company. I met them while they were strolling along the Haji Lane on Saturday, 15th June 2013. MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 18

100 Strangers Project by Hendra Lauw - no. 18

Her name is Ann. Ann was on vacation in Singapore for three days when I met her in Haji Lane last Saturday, 15th June 2013. Ann came from Zhejiang province in China and she is my stranger no. 18.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 17

100 Strangers Project by Hendra Lauw

His name is Mohammed Hanif and he is my stranger no. 17.

Hanif came from Karachi, Pakistan about 9 months ago to work at his uncle’s carpet shop in Arab Street. He is now in his mid 20s. Sound familiar? That’s because Hanif is the older brother of Arif, my stranger no. 16. I met Hanif when I went back to the shop to give Arif his photos that I took one week ago.

Here are the two of them together.MORE +

A Blast From the Past

Life through the Lens - Photography by Hendra Lauw

I was going through my archive and found this image that I took at Sri Krishna Rajendra bus terminal in Bangalore, India in 2006. The man was lighting his cigarette as the night was fast approaching. It was almost 6pm and at ISO 1600 and f/2.8, I only managed to get a shutter speed of 1/60 sec. Shot with my very first full frame DSLR, the Canon 1Ds Mark II and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens. I took a lot of street portraits during my 2006 trip there. I miss India. Anyone want to sponsor?   :)MORE +

Happy Father’s Day

A little boy needs daddy
For many, many things;
Like holding him high off the ground
Where the sunlight sings!

Like being the deep music
That tells him all is right
When he awakens frantic with
The terrors of the night.

Like being the great mountain
That rises in his heart
And shows him how he might get home
When all else falls apart.

Like giving him the love
That is his sea and air,
So diving deep or soaring high
He’ll always find him there.

(Author: Unknown)

To all fathers, Happy Father’s Day. May you all have a good time with your loved ones today. Let us all remember to always count our blessings, whatever they are. You have them!

The above picture of a pedicab driver holding his son was taken on the street of Binondo, Manila, at night, during my trip there recently.

People of Kishangarh Rajashtan

People of Kishangarh, Rajashtan, photographed with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5, except the last one, which was shot using Olympus E-P3  and 12mm f/2 lens.

I stayed one night in Pushkar during my trip to India in October last year. My friend and I went out in the morning to Kishangarh, a nearby town from our hotel. Many locals started their day by having tea on the roadside. It was a nice little town with friendly people. We stopped at the shop in the photo above to have our morning tea. The locals were curious and kept looking at us with their smiles, while we were having our tea. :)

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f/1.2 at 112 Katong

Leica M9 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH V2, shot at f/1.2 in front of 112 Katong Mall. Do they rhyme?  :)

I tried to convert the original color version to black and white and I like both, so here it is the black and white version.MORE +