Folhas (2) by Capitão Capitão

Black and white, film, Music, Singapore

It was completely unexpected the call I received in March of 2018 from J.P. Mendes challenging me to create a visual narrative for his latest song. Even though he knew that film is not my preferred medium he was quite enthusiastic about the idea of a long distance collaboration and creating something that would be relevant to the theme of the song. The result is this 6.00 minutes music video entirely shot and produced in Singapore.

Special thanks to Wendy Yee for her participation, patience and dedication to the project.

Short film for the song Folhas (2) by Capitão Capitão (J. P. Mendes)

Shot in Singapore in 2018

Thaipusam Festival in Singapore

Thaipusam festival (or how to get closer with an x100s)

Events, Little India, Singapore, Uncategorized

It all happened so quicky – twenty-five floors up and down plus two, a round table meal and that question from Nicolas, ‘Have you heard about The Thaipusam Festival?’

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Tuesday night training sessions became routine lately, two hours of sweat and fast heart beat and pain. Well, I use to call it pain but I promise after what I saw on Wednesday morning I will never use that word in vain again.

So let me explain a little bit more.

The Thaipusam Festival is a Tamil celebration in Singapore that attracts thousands of Hindu devotees who fulfill their vows through a 4km walk, some of them carrying heavy artifacts attached to their bodies through a complex system of thin arrows and needles that are literally attached to the body, pierced to the mouth and tongue. It’s often described as a strong control over one’s senses but for me, who can’t even stand the thought of an ear-piercing, it’s a whole long agonising process of pain (the real one) and sacrifice.

So if you are sensitive you might want to stop reading now – I hope you don’t 🙂

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It’s often described as a strong control over one’s senses but for me, who can’t even stand the thought of an ear-piercing, it’s a whole long agonising process of pain (the real one) and sacrifice.

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So why did I add the x100s to the title (again)? Well, it was the only camera I took along to the festival as I honestly didn’t know what to expect, I had a busy day and as usual, I try to carry less weight around so the x100s was an obvious choice. A small point and shoot with a fixed lens with good quality glass. The challenge is that it always adds a bit of tension when you need to get closer to your subject, especially when the subject is a person, but I had no choice and to be fair the x100s is still my favorite little camera.

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The challenge is that it always adds a bit of tension when you need to get closer to your subject, especially when the subject is a person, but I had no choice and to be fair the x100s is still my favorite little camera.

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Fujifilm x100s


 

Main Pagoda

The Chinese Gardens

Jurong, Singapore


Last week I saw an image on another Instagram account of a Pagoda in Singapore – the place is called ‘The Chinese Gardens’.

To be honest I had no idea that this place existed. It´s a little bit off centre in an area with very few tourist attractions. I went there just out of curiosity and I found my self surrounded by this beautiful garden and traditional Chinese architecture. I got there really late and light conditions werent the best but still managed to take a few shots. This place deserves more than just a few snapshots so I promise to return in order to give you a more detailed view of its beauty.

 

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Fujifilm X-T2

Fujinon 35mm F2

Samyang 12mm F2