Photography by Ruth Lee
As I edit and browse through this last photography post taken in 2014, I think to myself how fitting it is that I ended it with a trip to a museum. As a former art student and a huge appreciator of the arts, I am almost always taking time off to visit a museum or two with Ruth, a public space which we are both at home in. We have been slowly making our rounds around all the art spaces in Singapore and it is so fortunate that as a Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident we are allowed to soak up most art galleries in our city free of charge. Ruth loves museums even more than I do, and it was her brilliant idea to visit the Peranakan Museum which we had never set foot in before. I remembered Peranakan culture as something I used to study with dread back in the day during Literature class, and all knowledge of it since then cast aside, however Ruth is part Peranakan and that fueled my interest to restudy this hybrid culture with a more enthusiastic mindset this time.
Purely due to the beautiful graffiti we chanced upon right beside the museum exterior, we decided upon an impromptu fashion shoot featuring the graffiti as a backdrop. As we all know one thing leads to another, and obviously being avid photography nuts we ended up with a huge set of photos. It is interesting to note that I am almost always dressed in casual clothes such as these on my days off exploring art or nature, as opposed to my usual dressy made up self in town. A simple tee, shorts and a pair of sandals are all I really need, lending a freedom of ease and convenience that I sometimes forget to give myself.