A photographer based in Singapore has given the highly gentrified neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru the cinematic Wong Kar-wai feel: Saturated, pensive, and pregnant with ambiguity.
Same photographer who shot Tiong Bahru earlier in 2020
The photographer, Nikko Pascua, 28, hails from the Philippines.
He has been based in Singapore for a few years now.
Pascua previously told Mothership that he wanted to capture the things that he felt "give life to Singapore but are often overlooked".
In a previous set of photos on Singapore, he wrote: "Often, Singapore is labelled as boring, with nothing much to do after you’ve been to the Marina Bay area and Sentosa. But if you know where to look, this city will always have something more to offer."
Pascua, who does food photography by day, said he had wanted to portray Singapore through the lens of someone who had lived here for over two years.
He previously also shot Tiong Bahru and put up those photos in February 2020.
People in photos
And there is also a reason why he composes his shots to always contain a human element by having people inside.
With people becoming one of the subjects of the photos, the audience immediately feels like there is a deeper narrative and have someone to relate to.
Lifelong passion for photography
Pascua has been dabbling in photography since he was a kid.
He started out with film cameras and has since progressed to sophisticated DSLRs.
"I love pictures and how they serve as documentations of moments," he explained.
All photos via Nikko Pascua