Travel inspiration for 2017: Botswana
Life in mono
Most people might be familiar with Alwyn Chong as the owner and managing director of multi-label skincare and fragrance store Escentials, but for the next three weeks, visitors to Leica Galerie Singapore will get to see a side of Chong that emerges when he turns his camera lens on the world.
Stunning black and white photos of Botswana grace the gallery space, serving as snapshots of Chong's 15-day trip in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, where he traversed over 400km by canoe. As with any adventure worth shouting about, this trip saw Chong digging his own toilet, rowing himself towards an ever-receding horizon, and surviving a zebra stampede. Even the best-laid plans go awry, it seems, and Chong discovered early on in his trip that he had forgotten to pack extra camera batteries. However, that didn't stop him from capturing the dramatic landscapes, wildlife, and local communities in Botswana with his trusty Leica M Monochrom — which ran on a single battery right up to the final moment of his trip.
If Chong's photos are arousing your wanderlust for Botswana, here's a tip from him: "Just go. Don't plan too much."
The exhibition will be on display from now to 5 February 2017. Leica Galerie Singapore. 328 North Bridge Road, Raffles Hotel Arcade #01-18. All profits from the photo book and prints go towards giving the gift of sight to children in Africa