St John’s Beautiful Side

Photo 2 of 2 – You might be wondering. What’s this island that I’ve been to exactly? It should be fairly common to most of us in history, as it was previously used as a quarantine station back in the 19th century.

This quarantine station was used for cholera cases that was detected among the immigrants in 1901 and much later, it was also used to quarantine victims of other diseases. In the mid-20th century, the island was used for other purposes, such as drug rehabilitation centre and in 1975, it was transformed to be a short getaway with small houses for overnight stays.

Given the restricted ferry timing, I know that there won’t be any opportunities for sunrise nor sunset. I had to work with what I had to make my compositions much more appealing, deal with the harsh sunlight in the middle of the day to minimise the amount of overexposed elements. The good news that day was, it rained for the first 20mins or so when we arrived! When the rain stopped, I finally had that perfect balanced lighting, much more interesting and dramatic clouds to create a powerful composition. It was really beautiful.

While the island may not had interesting history to it back in the days, I’m glad I manage to pull out a beautiful side of it with the help of nature. When all the elements come together, even a seemingly boring and uninteresting place, can also be incredibly stunning.

So with the two pictures I’ve selected (the link to the previous one here), it brought two different feeling that are closely related to travel. Just looking at this picture, wouldn’t it be so awesome if you could just get on a plane and drop yourself off somewhere on a beach, chilling out with the best cocktail made by a nearby bar? I think it already fired up the desire to travel now!

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Photo: Singapore, Saint John Island


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