Thursday, September 19, 2013

Life in Singapore, 1969

Ian Clark was born in England, he has recently moved to Cardiff, Wales. He took up photography 40 years or so ago in Singapore.
"In the past I took family photographs, portraits and weddings using film, but since starting with digital, I have broadened my subject matter to include macros, flowers, landscapes and general country scenes. I especially like taking early morning sunrise, late sunset shots and experimenting with light. My most recent interest is street photography. I started at long range using a 70-300 zoom, but I am now happy to get up close with 35mm and 50mm lenses.
After quite a few years, I have started using film again. I now have as many film cameras as digital." - Ian says.
Singapore is a Southeast Asian island city-state (and the only city-state in the world that is also an island) off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. On 31 August 1963, Singapore declared independence from the United Kingdom and joined with Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to form the new Federation of Malaysia as the result of the 1962 Merger Referendum.

Singapore gained independence as the Republic of Singapore (remaining within the Commonwealth) on 9 August 1965 with Yusof bin Ishak as president and Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister. Everyone who was present in Singapore on the date of independence was offered Singapore citizenship.

Check out these amazing photos were taken by Ian Clark in Singapore in 1969 with his Mamiya C220 twin-lens reflex camera. They are processed in his darkroom under the stairs.

See more Ian's work on his Flickr photostream.

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