“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Gandhi
Sometimes, you just need to take a moment to appreciate your surroundings; to discover that a change in perspective is all that’s necessary to reveal a different side to the world you thought you knew.
When was the last time you felt no hurry in doing something? When was the last time you allowed yourself a temporary escape from the binding chains of everyday life? For many Singaporeans, it has probably been way too long – and it’s not healthy.
When was the last time you visited any of Singapore’s reservoirs? A slow stroll down a quiet path listening to the sweet chirping of birds can be plenty therapeutic in contrast to our busy work schedules. And if you’ve never been to the reservoirs, perhaps I can convince you why it’s a good idea to pay a visit to our beautiful waters.
As an avid cosplayer, I’m constantly on the lookout for new photo shoot locations in Singapore – because everywhere seems to get old after a while. From the water fountains at Marina Barrage to the Super Trees at Gardens by the Bay, it appears at first glance that we’ve run out of places to shoot at in Singapore.
And that was when I stumbled upon photographer Sofadzil’s works – stunning photos of SG landmarks that have been carefully manipulated to take on a tranquil wintry effect.
It took me awhile to realize that these are actually photos of our SG reservoirs. In another set of photos, we see a different perspective to Bedok Reservoir.
I also came across a spectacular image of another water body – Changi Boardwalk – taken by the same photographer (view more of his works here).
It’s almost hard to believe that the photos have been taken in Singapore – the land of eternal summer. But yes, we do have beautiful places like these. It’s astounding how the world can seem completely different when we actually bother to stop and pay attention.
The world is a beautiful place; everywhere can be stunning in its own way. And the beauty of photography is its ability to capture that precise moment played out by the hands of Mother Nature.
If you can spare just a bit of your time, why not share a slow stroll by the waters with your loved ones this weekend? You might be discover something new about the world around you.
*The photos are also featured in the #SGBlueSpaces book that is readily available at all public libraries. Do check it out if you have the time!
By Vivian Tan