Objectifs’ next exhibition features photographs from an 80-year-old cleaner turned amateur photographer
Revisit Singapore in the ‘60s and ‘70s with ‘Passing Time’, Lui Hock Seng’s first photography exhibition
Everyone has a unique visual eye — and within the frame of a camera lens, it could take you places in the past, present or future. Take Lui Hock Seng, for example. The amateur photographer will have his first exhibition at Objectifs next year, after the story of his hobby made headlines last year. The 80-year-old is a cleaner at the Singapore Press Holdings by night, but by day, he brings along his camera for photography excursions. A self-taught photographer, he's been taking photographs of Singapore since the '50s, and even worked as a part-time event photographer for weddings, dinners and funerals in the '60s.
The former mechanic's exhibit at Objectifs will feature more than 30 black-and-white photographs showing Singapore from the '60s and '70s. It's a study of past lives through architecture and the subjects who inhabited it. An interest that peaked while he was a teenager in the late '50s, Lui's lens have captured areas such as the Merdeka Bridge, the Teochew Market at Clarke Quay, the old Tanah Merah Village, Kusu Island and Redhill brick factory. His camera of choice then was a Rolleiflex mechanical camera, a gift from his brother.
Check out this blast from the past through photographs that prove talent knows no boundaries in age.