As mentioned in my previous post, there are two shots at Semakau Landfill that i liked very much. One was the close up shot of the bulldozer and the other was this:
What makes this shot so special was the backdrop of Singapore’s Central Business District. For reasons i could not explain, there is this one spot at the entire Semakau Landfill where the CBD is magnified. You won’t be able to see the magnified CBD on other parts of the island, not even if it is nearer and on the same axis like this photo below (pardon the wrong color balance), taken at about 100m nearer to the trucks.
Our final-year project photography shoots ALWAYS require us to travel to ulu (remote) parts of Singapore. In terms of the most ulu part of Singapore, you don’t have to look further than Semakau Landfill, an island several kilometers away from the Harbourfront area and that’s very far away by Singapore standards.
This photograph was meant for The Food Waste Recycling Dilemma story, which talks about how organic waste along with general waste are incinerated and disposed at Semakau Landfill using bulldozers and trucks. Eventually the photo made its way into my photo essay on the Carbon Food Print.
Sounds easy? Not until you have to be at Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal at eight in the morning to travel there via a small boat, only to spend the entire day there and ONLY to encounter rain… but i digress. The shot actually required some luck. In the words of Henri Cartier Bresson, it was a moment the subjects, composition and lighting happen at the right time at the right place to make the shot possible.
Singapore aims to be a green city, but its people have not yet learned the need to recycle food waste
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