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Photo Essay: Chanèl van der Merwe’s pastel hued Singapore

While she was in Singapore in May, Chanèl van der Merwe’s photographic eye was drawn to the pastel colours of the buildings and interiors. These soft pinks, blues and yellows quickly became her main focus. In playful opposition to how crowded Singapore can be, Chanèl’s images experiment with the idea of making the city look almost deserted through stark framing and by honing in on one or two figures going about their daily routines – sweeping, walking, shopping, tidying, catching a train. The observational series shown here presents tranquil human moments unfolding against a pastel-hued Singapore, painting a picture of the city that stands in wonderful contrast to what a typical Google image search might reveal.

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