Domestic blindness

Charlene journal 12 Comments

…is a bitch. Half the time i think my job as/the whole point of being a photographer is to find life in the blindingly ordinary, the stuff I don’t think about, ever. Because if I can’t see a different possibility, then I can’t ask another to do the same. You gotta do the work, you know? This place above? I walk through that concrete portal everyday. To eat at the hawker center, to catch the bus or train, to walk out into the world, and to come back home through it. 80% of us in this country walk through spaces like that everyday. The void decks of our public housing apartment blocks contain waypoints of our daily lives. And they too can bring out blockbuster …

Void deck, Tampines

Charlene Small Stories 2 Comments

Singapore. The void deck, the empty ground floor level of the public housing that 85% of Singapore lives in, is unique part of life here. A space like this is where I learned to ride a bicycle, to skate, to give play to my imagination. It’s where weddings and funerals happen. It’s a space to gather, to seek shelter, to pass through, to rest. In being a void of living, it allows space for life. Random factoids: My Mum lives in Tampines, a suburb of Singapore that not too long ago, was a forested home to villages, farms and sand quarries. Residents were resettled to make way for the construction of the a satellite township that today houses around a quarter of a million people …