November 23rd, 2017
If a photograph freezes time to capture a special moment, then the location where said photograph is taken becomes special and significant as well. Family photos are symbolic of the passage of time, but unlike their subjects, some photography locations appear to be preserved from it, freezing at a point in a bygone era. These spots become just as important as the photographs made in their presence, as they retain precious family memories that evoke feelings of nostalgia, warmth, and love. For your next session of outdoor family photography, we recommend some of these venues that time seemed to have forgotten.
With Art Deco architecture, shophouses, and public flats, Tiong Bahru is an eclectic mix of timeless nostalgia. Immersing yourself in one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore, it is hard not to feel like you’ve stumbled into a commune in the 30s and 40s. It is also wonderful how despite the influx of cafes, bars, and restaurants in the area, Tiong Bahru manages to remain quaint and charmingly frozen in time. Good photo hotspots in the area that reflect the character of the neighbourhood are the beautiful murals on the wall at Keppel Highline Residences, and the many art deco blocks the area is synonymous with.
As the call to prayer sounds over Sultan Mosque in the evening, you are immediately transported back to the time Kampong Glam was a rustic Malay enclave. The neighbourhood still retains its architecture and vibe, with shophouses given a new lease of life inside while keeping their dated shells. Overlooking them is the majestic Sultan Mosque, with its Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture remaining unchanged over the years. Home to the Malay aristocracy in 1819, Kampong Glam’s unique historical charm makes it a dream place to capture a slice of history, culture, and familial bond all in one photo.
Tucked away in the secluded greenery of Seletar West Farmway, this kampung zoo is a blast from the past to a time when things were unplugged and simple. Older members of the family will delight in the rustic environment and memories of a slow paced living, while the kiddos will enjoy feeding geese and horses. Photography at the Animal Resort not only reflects the ever changing nature of society, it also shows that kinship stands the true test of time. (Check out our Kids’ fashion spread in the Nov/Dec issue to see more photos from this spot!)
For a family photo oozing with old world charm, Portsdown Road is the place to be. A trip down the complex of black and white houses from a colonial past is like a walk down memory lane itself. The gem of the area is Colbar, a former canteen for British army officers which has preserved its old-school appearance and furnishings since its opening in 1953.
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