A lookback

A lookback at some of my photos on assignment as a Straits Times / The New Paper photojournalist. All images are my own, and hosted on Flickr.

PureVolume shuts down in 2 days’ time. It was a happy place for musicians in a nascent Web 2.0. Web 2.0… I’d nearly forgotten the term until my best friend reminded me when I dropped her a text earlier today.

“Found my PureVolume… and the password!”

“What’s that?”

“It’s like myspace, features targeted at musicians.”

“Lol nice”

“It’s closing down April 30th, one of those sites from our generation that didn’t make it.”

“Haha, what was that? Was it web 2.0? I dunno I anyhow say. There was a time all these words meant something.”

I used to make music and upload my recordings to the site. It was also where I discovered bands such as UnderOath and Armor For Sleep.

I’m feeling a mixture of dread and nostalgia – knowing that Flickr might suffer the same fate in time to come. Everything is truly only for one time and one place.

Uncle Seng Chee
April 30, 2008 – Uncle Seng Chee, then 87, cleaned toilets for a living. He lost a finger and a thumb in an industrial accident. He would be 97 today if he is still alive.

Aug 9, 2008 – National Day Parade in Singapore. Thousands gathered in a union-led event to form a giant national flag with red and white plastic inflatables and LED lights.

For Burma
May 10, 2008 – A heartbreaking moment for ASEAN as Cyclone Nargis rips into Myanmar. Devotees pray at a temple in Singapore.

May 23, 2008 – A construction worker perched on a rooftop pauses as he takes a photo of a brilliant sky. I was on assignment scouting for dodgy massage parlours that illegally offer sexual services in Yishun, Singapore.

Passages Of Time
June 2, 2008 – The former National Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. It has since been demolished to make way for the new billion-dollar Sports Hub.