Red Tampines BTO becomes photoshoot venue, photographer shows beauty in eye of beholder

Very nice.

Gawain Pek | March 08, 2023, 01:21 PM

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Amidst all the recent hoo-ha about the red BTO block in Tampines, one Singaporean photographer saw the design choice in a different light.

To preserve "what's left of the half whitewashed lobby", he decided to head down to the block with a couple of buddies to have a photoshoot there.

The results? Pretty darn aesthetic.

Modern BTO meets Y2K look

In the Instagram post uploaded on March 4, photographer Jayden Tan shared the product of the "spontaneous photoshoot" at the red BTO block in Tampines.

Tan's models were dressed in outfits that reminded one of "The Matrix" movies, which matched the 1990s aesthetic the ceramic-tiled lift lobby gave off.

The warm-toned hues of the photos, as well as flash bursts, completed the look.

According to Tan, the photos were shot on film.

Specifically, he was shooting with the CineStill 400d film, in case any photography aficionados are curious.

Here are some of Tan's photos, judge them for yourself:

Photo via @jaydenation/Instagram.

Photo via @jaydenation/Instagram.

Photo via @jaydenation/Instagram

Tan also posted a clip on TikTok featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot:

@jdenation A super spontaneous night out with #cinestill400d featuring @Glenn Goh & @rui 😎😎 Thanks @terryterribleee for the BTS 😘 #640B #tampinesgreenvines ♬ original sound - Cam Kirk Studios

Maybe just a wrong shade of red?

In the captions, Tan made clear which side of the red BTO divide he is on.

"[To be honest] the red BTO block is totally a vibe, if you get it, you get it."

However, he mused that perhaps it is the particular shade of red which put people off, being one that may not have been "palatable for the general public."

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Tan's photos succeeded in winning praise from users on both TikTok and Instagram:

One commenter reckoned that Tan's photos might help people fall in love with the lift lobby design:

However, not everyone was convinced:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

Interestingly, Tan's photos were posted online the same day another local photographer lamented on Facebook about the public feedback on the BTO block's design.

Top image via @jaydenation/Instagram, @jdenation/TikTok