Film Diary is a series to showcase a roll of film shot with a camera in the same day. For this third article, I am showcasing Ilford Delta 400 I shot in June 2017.
Location: Dakota Crescent
Camera: Leica M6
Lens: Carl Zeiss Biogon 35mm f2.8
Film: Ilford Delta 400 @ISO400
Developer: Kodak Tmax Developer
Scanner: Epson V600
Dakota Crescent, a public housing estate in Singapore, was built more than half a century ago. But it will be torn down for redevelopment. As I like to document Singapore, I visited this place again, this time round, with 399 vacated households and only one remaining. Maybe their new house was not ready.
How does it feel to live in an empty neighbourhood?I came to Dakota Crescent in December 2016, at that time, most residents had already moved out. The junks were every where. However, this time, the whole place was empty, not many junk was spotted.
We were shocked to see 2-3 cat corpses lying around. Maybe they have been starved to death, hopefully it’s not foul play.There were also several people who stopped by just to feed the cats. There was a pile cat food cans at a corner. Whenever I see cats, I get very excited. They’re so cute!
In June 2017, there were still many cats roaming around this estate. But no cat was spotted when I went back a few days ago (September 2017). I think they were being relocated by cat welfare organisation.Look at the sharpness the Carl Zeiss lens gives and the contrast & shades of grey Ilford Delta 400 can offer. All of the stairs of the blocks in Dakota have been sealed to prevent people from accessing. As there’s one household still living there, one block remains accessible.
We went up and there’s one vacant house which the door is not locked.If you haven’t visit Dakota Crescent, make a trip there asap. After the shoot, you can also enjoy the nice hawker food at Old Airport Road Hawker Centre, which is just opposite the estate.
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