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The 60s meets the future; Singapore Harbour

October 11, 2012

50 years ago my Grandfather stood on a bridge and took photographs of Singapore harbour up-river. I found these the hardest pictures to replicate as almost nothing in this area of Singapore is the same to identify the locations from. Fortunately the midde-aged gentleman who ran my hostel was able to identify the spot from the tiny little clock tower in the middle of the picture. It happens to be the only thing left standing from these photographs.

Unfortunately, the clock tower was covered in scaffolding and even the original bridge is gone so I could not replicate the exact angle.

One thing I can absolutely guarantee is that if my Grandfather had turned 180 degrees he would have seen the river mouth and more wooden fishing boats rather than this contemporary vista…

It has to be said though that the best view of Singapore is available from the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Singapore is such a fun city to take photos of that here’s a few more just for kicks:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2012 4:58 pm

    That looks absolutely amazing!! Jealous!

    • October 11, 2012 5:19 pm

      Thanks bro! Every night the Marina Bay Sands hotel does a lazer light show that you can see anywhere in the harbour, I thought of you! You’d have loved it. x

  2. October 11, 2012 5:41 pm

    Tracking that clock tower down was amazing. Was your hostel manager suitably amused by your historical photographs? I have heard several people saying that Singapore is now totally built over and has been completely spoilt. Well from what I have seen, I beg to differ! Modern architecture can be brilliant and it certainly looks like it in your photographs.
    I am wildly jealous, particularly as mum now wants to travel west to Canada, rather than east to the more interesting lands. Would I be right in guessing that the Singalese are not infected by the Thai “when-ever” disease?

  3. Sethina permalink
    June 28, 2015 1:16 pm

    What an iridescent picture. The fare from the pedestrian side to the metropolis side must have reduced the fareway to a lagoon in the first uppermost picture.

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