Despite quite a few visits to Singapore since I was eleven years old, I don’t think I had ever come across the beam-structured Read Bridge until just before Christmas last year.
I was on my way to India and had very little time to spare, because I was only in transit for a day and a half and I wanted to shoot as many old-world images of the prosperous island-state as I possibly could. (Some of those photographs can be seen at Turn The Corner, Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter and Open And Shutter Case.)
I was advised to spend some time at Clarke Quay and thought I’d be in and out of there in about twenty minutes. Yeah, right. From the moment I wandered in and shot some frames of a man washing down a glass-topped tourist boat, I probably spent close to three hours there.
I was captivated by the array of colours and sights at the riverside attraction. Comprising a huge array of restored warehouses, restaurants and nightclubs, the area is named after Sir Andrew Clarke, the second governor of Singapore.
Some of the brightly-painted junks moored at the mini-harbour also serve as restaurants, while others are used as sightseeing ferries for tourists. I thought about taking a quick trip on one, but there was so much colour and activity (and so little time) that I chose instead to walk around the whole area, exploring every nook, cranny, street corner, laneway and sub-precinct.
The light was moody, with thick grey cloud and little more than fractured sunlight, so the vibrant colours of the walls and windows were relatively easy to capture.
I walked several kilometers that day, shooting hundreds of frames. But no, I didn’t have any time to put my feet up. Next time I’m there, I’m sure I’ll find myself sitting by the dock of the bay.
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