32-year-old American man recreated photographs his dad took in S'pore almost 30 years ago

We've really come a long way.

Nyi Nyi Thet | January 25, 2019, 06:26 PM

Singapore has changed a lot.

Sometimes we get too caught up within the change that we might not notice how stark it is.

That's why this particular group of pictures might be quite the eye-opener.

Adam Snyder is an American man who've been living in Singapore since 2013.

His father, Joel Snyder, spent some time in Singapore during the late 80's and early 90's.

While here, he took some really cool photos.

Almost 30 years later his son, Adam, came to live in Singapore as well.

Adam's father sent him several small albums of pictures he had taken way back.

Pictures that were taken with a disposable camera (IKR?).

These particular photos were taken in late 1991 to early 1992, as pointed out by Marcus, who noticed the UOB building was halfway built, which placed it around 1992.

Adam told Mothership he "kind of took a look through them, thought they were cool, and put them aside".

His father passed away in 2014.

A few years after that, Adam had an idea to juxtapose the images with up-to-date pictures of the same places his dad took.

He initially posted it on his private Facebook and Instagram accounts, but decided to post it on Reddit Singapore on January 25, 2019.

Here are some of the juxtaposed pictures.

Jalan Besar/ Kelantan Road

Image from Adam

He also appeared to wait for a bus to give even better juxtaposition to the picture.

Very nice detail.

Ann Siang Hill

Image from Adam

Sri Veeramakaliamman temple

Image from Adam

Boat Quay

Image from Adam

UOB Plaza

Image from Adam

Masjid Sultan

Image from Adam

Arab Street

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Central Business District

Image from Adam


Image from Adam

Marina Bay

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Fullerton Road

Image from Adam

Fullerton Bridge

Image from Adam

Adam made an interesting observation that the tree there right now was probably that sapling back in 1988.

Ditto for these trees.

Image from Adam

He also gave this shot of the difference a map goes through in 30 years.

Image from Adam

You can check out his Instagram here, where Adam says he might be posting more of such pictures in the future.


Check out more of his snaps here.

All images by Adam Snyder