Frustrated at not having the means nor the time to travel overseas, I decided to visit touristy places in my own country (Singapore), and discovered a whole new perspective of viewing home.
To make my travel escapade truly authentic, I scoured malls, mom-and-pop stores, and supermarkets for local souvenirs that tourists would normally buy as a token of their trip here in Singapore. I got fridge magnets, postcards, toys, paperweights…anything that resembles popular tourist spots was fair game. These artifacts would later on determine my travel “itinerary”.
With a La Sardina in hand, I embarked on my solo journey to various local attractions as determined by the souvenirs I bought prior to the trip. The idea was to shoot these objects against the real thing as the backdrop. For example, I held a paperweight of the Merlion, a popular water-sprouting landmark in Singapore, against the real thing at Fullerton and got these:
Then, I went to the Singapore River, a historic waterway that shaped the early days of the country’s trading and shot a magnet of a bumboat against the modern watertaxis used to transport tourists today.
In Chinatown, I used a toy lantern to depict this ubiquitous Chinese object.
And how can I not use postcards? Here we see the Sultan Mosque in Arab Street, and the renowned Raffles Hotel in City Hall.
So there you go. One of my most memorable travel escapades of 2011, if not THE most memorable ones, happened right in my own city. I highly recommend everyone to try this out in their own country. Not only is it fun, it also gives you a newfound appreciation for the things/places we often tend to overlook.