Aboard the SG Bus: A Street Photography Project

Yes, indeed. This is a project which I take different bus routes around Singapore and capture street photography. But first, let me tell you what made me come up with the idea.

The Backstory

For the longest time, I have been doing street photography as a hobby. So far, I have captured photographs in different places around the world, but mostly with no theme, objective, intention, or end in mind. Since moving to Singapore to pursue my PhD in International Relations, I made a promise to myself that I will take this hobby more seriously, improve my skills, connect with other photographers, and see what opportunities are out there for me. For the first time, I have joined a photowalk with other photographers and I have also participated in a portfolio review. But then I realized I need to do something more, something better.

Living in Singapore doing my PhD project could be a little bit isolating. I have to be creative in terms of filling my free time, getting hobbies, and maintaining a right amount of social life. As a closet artist with millions of hobbies, I still find myself feeling stuck as to how to proceed with my street photography hobby. I can’t just be taking random photos in the streets, right? Something I have been struggling about as a photographer is to actually go beyond the aesthetic of the photo. A lot of people tell me I am ‘good’ at capturing photos, composition-wise. However, sometimes I myself can’t ‘write’ a story out of them. If I can’t write a story out of my own work, how am I supposed to communicate with my audience, right?

The Concept

So that’s it. I am documenting Singapore from the perspective of a bus commuter. I’m gonna look for stories from inside the bus and share them to the world. Of course, inside the buses are also different kinds of stories, but I’ll save that for my next project. Singapore is known to have the best public transportations in the world, and the best way to see the country’s diverse neighborhoods is through the buses. By taking different bus routes, I hope to capture Singapore’s streets in a way that is both intimate and expansive. Surely, each route offers a different story, a different view, a different slice of life, and I will be framing these from inside the bus windows.

Why the SG Bus?

Buses offer a unique vantage point that combines the intimacy of street-level views with the broader perspective of a moving vehicle, in this case, the Singapore buses. Singapore is a small country, and it is very easy to navigate to as many parts of the country as possible through different bus routes. The same bus routes on different times of the day and different days of the week offer something different, too. Through this street photography series, I aim to communicate to the world ‘the everyday’ version of Singapore.

The Journey

LEG 1: Scenic Bus Routes in Singapore

For the first leg of this series, I have compiled a list of ‘scenic bus routes in Singapore’ listed below:

  • Bus 5 (Pasir Ris to Bukit Merah)
  • Bus 10 (Tampines to Kent Ridge)
  • Bus 12 (Pasir Ris to Kampong Bahru Terrace)
  • Bus 29 (Tampines to Changi)
  • Bus 30 (Boon Lay to Bedok)
  • Bus 31 (Tampines to Toa Payoh)
  • Bus 35 (Bedok to ALPS Avenue)
  • Bus 36 (Changi Airport 2 to Tomlinson Road)
  • Bus 65 (Tampines to Harbourfront)
  • Bus 67 (Choa Chu Kang to Tampines)
  • Bus 70 (Yio Chu Kang to Shenton Way)
  • Bus 97 (Jurong East to Marina Central Terminal)
  • Bus 100 (Serangoon Interchange to Ghim Moh Terminal)
  • Bus 103 (Serangoon to Yishun)
  • Bus 117 (Punggol to Sembawang)
  • Bus 138 (Ang Mo Kio)
  • Bus 143 (Toa Payoh to Jurong East)
  • Bus 145 (Toa Payoh to Buona Vista)
  • Bus 167 (Sembawang to Bukit Merah)
  • Bus 172 (Choa Chu Kang to Boon Lay)
  • Bus 174 (Outram Park to Boon Lay)
  • Bus 191 (Buona Vista to Media Circle)
  • Bus 200 (Buona Vista to Kent Ridge)
  • Bus 518 (Pasir Ris to Bayfront)
  • Bus 857 (Yishun to CBD)
  • Bus 858 (Woodlands)
  • Bus 925 (Woodlands to Choa Chu Kang)
  • Bus 970 (Bukit Panjang to Shenton Way)
  • Bus 975 (Bukit Panjang to Petir Road)
  • Bus 980 (Sembawang to Lor 1 Geylang)

Join Me as I hop on the SG Buses! 🙂

Please, please, follow along as I document this journey through Singapore’s streets from the SG buses. I promsie that each post will feature a new route, new faces, and new stories, all captured from where I sit on the bus (which is most likely at the front row of the upper deck). Join me as I explore the vibrant, diverse, and ever-evolving city of Singapore, one bus ride at a time. Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences as we embark on this ‘photographic adventure’ together.