Minimalism (… a therapy)

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For the last few months I have been stroke by an urge for anything minimalistic in my photographs.

Minimum number of subjects, minimum colours, and even more recently a phase of white on white pictures (with just a little bit of textures and shapes). So of course, as a photographer, it could be my current school of thoughts (that sounds so cool and romantic right ūüėČ )….

and then again as a mom of now 4, living in a perpetual mess (visual, but also the noises, …) that could be an inconscient therapy…. my soul trying to resist the chaos by creating a little bit of cleanliness in my world!!!

In any case, here it is….

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The art science museum of Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore.
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A frangipane flower on the floor, in the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.
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A fake window on a real green wall in Chinatown, Singapore.
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A row of silver mailboxes on a white wall, in Tiong Bahru, Singapore.
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Birds flying in a sample of street wall art in Singapore.
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A stack of white coffee cups on a white background.

 

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Discovering Singapore: Tiong Bahru

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Hello everyone :-).

I’m excited! I’m motivated! I will go out and shoot more !!!

I don’t know about you but when I know that I’m staying for a while somewhere I get a little “lazy” about visiting my new home. I always tell myself “there is plenty of time for that….”. But¬† then, before I realise it, several years go by, and it’s time to move again. So this time, I will go around and visit Singapore, one neighbourhood at the time (and yes I hope I’m here for several more years!).

So last week I decided to go for a stroll in Tiong Bahru.

Tiong Bahru is a hipster neighbourhood of Singapore, in the Central region of the city-state island.

This is such a lovely neighbourhood. First of all, it’s extremely peaceful – you have the impression to have been suddenly “teleported” (yes, I’m a little bit of a nerd…) to a little village in the countryside. There are a lot of pedestrian paths, bikes, greenery…

Then you notice the art deco architecture (far from the modern high rises from the downtown area or the high rise HDBs). The buildings are small, with spiral staircases, rounded balconies and storage areas on the ground levels (holding charming old rice cookers and bikes).

The predominant color is white with some touches of green from the vegetation and some amazing wall paintings (art paintings can be found all around Singapore so I will do a different post just on that subject).

And then, maybe because I’m french, I noticed the amazing smell from the bakeries and coffee shops! :-). All of that makes it your perfect neighbourhood for a morning stroll on the week-end (and there is a nice playground just behind the market, which makes it even more perfect if you’re visiting as a family).

PS: By the way, do you know the meaning of “Tiong Bahru”??? Well, according to Wilkipedia it means “New cemetery”…(thi√≥ng¬†Ś°ö ‚Äď Hokkien for “cemetery”,¬†bahru¬†‚Äď Malay for “new”)…you’re welcome :-).

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And then they were four…

During the last year I have not been very active on this blog (or in general :-))… I was busy with something else… and he was born last month ‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•.

So I may not have a lot of new travel pics to share right now but a little bit of life.

 

The King of the Market!!

Last week I spent a few days in Bangkok and just had time to wander around a little bit and do some major tourist attractions: mainly The Great Palace, Wat Pho and the Flower market (blog posts coming soon…).

I was exciting about seeing some grilled scorpions, terrified of spotting some grilled giant tarantulas and dreaming about the floating markets…

Unfortunately (except for number 2, for which it was quite a relief…) I did not have enough time to do that, but I still made it to an adjacent small street market.

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Bangkok © Catherine Houston

 

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Bangkok © Catherine Houston

 

And the obvious King of that market was…. the Red Pepper!!!

red… small… strong…. it¬†was everywhere….

Spicy food anyone ??? ūüôā

 

Singapore – Sea Side

This morning I discovered a nice low-key nature reserve park in Singapore .

– The Labrador Park Nature Reserve –

If you’re looking for a nice walk near the seashore, far for the crowd, that would be a good option for you.

 

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LabradorPark © Catherine Houston
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LabradorPark © Catherine Houston

The park itself is quite small, and to really appreciate it at its best I should probably have been there at sunrise, but it was nonetheless¬†a very pleasant walk on the coast. Easily accessible from LabradorPark MRT station (although finding the way from the station toward the park was trickier than expected… but then again my orientation skills are not very sharp!!),¬†you can then walk you way along the coast toward the Harbourfront MRT station, passing on the way the very nice Keppel Bay area and it’s peaceful marina.

Enjoy your walk  :-).

A week ago … in Chinatown …

About a week ago, after days of non-stop rain, I finally managed to step foot (and camera) in Chinatown to photograph the final preparations for the Chinese New Year (“CNY”) Celebrations, a not-to-be missed festive season, right here in Singapore.

As usual, I arrived at Pagoda street “early” in the morning to enjoy the still almost empty streets, and the setting up of the first stalls, witnessing the calm before the storm.

Just an hour later, a mix of tourists and locals Рand their cameras and grocery carts Рstarted to fill up this very colourful part of the Red Dot, the former group looking for new experiences (discovering and sometimes tasting exotic food or enjoying a rich cultural experience) and the latter doing some last-minute shopping for CNY celebrations.

 

Suddenly, I saw it … a rooster was getting ready to crow!! ūüôā

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CNY2017 © Catherine Houston
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CNY2017 © Catherine Houston

Happy Chinese New Year!!

My Paris (in Black and White)

Paris in Black and White

 

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My Paris © Catherine Houston

 

Paris,

Just a name, just a city,

But¬†which has made for a long time such an impression on people, even the ones who just dream about it…

It’s a tourist destination, symbol of romanticism and love.

It’s a concentrated of History, with not only museums but walls, houses, neighbourhoods filled with histories.

It’s a big city hosting¬†millions of people studying, working, living.

For me it was first a big, loud (way too much in the North) city were I spent a summer a long time ago working as a¬†research student in a lab in a well-known hospital.¬†I felt crushed by the city at the time, feeling only the monotonous rythmes “metro-boulot-dodo” (train commute – job – bed time, and repeat).

Then years (a life time??) later I came back and spend a year with my family in the center of the city and I learned to love it. I discovered Paris by foot (I admit sometimes quite painful with a stroller!!).

My Paris, became my paradise for Street Photography.