Yesterday was another Master Class session by Keith (pictoria SG). We went to Dakota Crescent, an old estate that will be demolished after 31st December 2016. The special thing about this estate is that the flats were built in the late 50s before Singapore gained its independence. So it kind of represents the history of Singapore and depicts life of the olden days. As the flats were all rented apartments, they were mostly occupied by low-income family or elderly.
Photography theme of Dakota Crescent
Keith said when you want to take photos of something, you must have a theme and stick to it. Hence, he let us decide the theme we wanted. During the next 1-2 hours, we went around taking pictures.
At the end of the session, as usual, we had sharing session and showed our photos to each other. You know what? All of our pictures were bullshit, even ourselves didn’t like our own photos. He said we all had taken similar pictures. Because in our mind, we don’t have any theme. We lost focus. We just keep taking the pictures because we knew this place is gonna be demolised and we wanted to keep a memory of it in our pictures.
Then he showed us his photos. His theme was emptiness. In his pictures, I could feel this place is abandoned, it is empty.
Lack of aspiration
He always said my photos always have the travel soul. But yesterday, he said he couldn’t feel it. In fact, each of us have a certain representative essence that could be felt by looking at our pictures, but none could be felt yesterday.
The reason for my lack of travel feel, he said, is that I was feeling not fresh, not aspired. This applies to everyone. Because it’s a HDB, is like my everyday life. Furthermore, it is in Singapore, the place I live. Hence, to me, it might be boring so I don’t have the inspiration to shoot, etc.