A double yellow line road marking means different things depending on where you’re at. In Singapore, this means that no parking is allowed at all times. Violate this rule and risk being fined S$70 (approx. 40€ / US$50).
The theme of this week’s Photo Challenge on Daily Post is “yellow”.
The first thing that came to mind was “doubleyellowline“, a series of concerts that was started by a friend and his like-minded peers who wanted to give budding music talents in Singapore a platform to be seen and heard. The accompanying tagline was “Don’t Stop, Keep On Moving”.
I was roped in to support as one of the two concert photographers. I was happy to help as it was good practice for me to photograph an unfamiliar situation. Plus it gave me the opportunity to openly take pictures of people, something which I was, and still am, hesitant to do.
I also wanted to support Singapore’s local talent even though I was unfamiliar the music that the bands performed. Through my makeshift ear plugs (which were just bits of tissue), it sounded mostly like
grunge rock and punk noise to me.
After a while, the bands started to look the same through my lens. I walked around the stage looking for new perspectives. Sometimes looking down…
Other times, getting down on my knees.
I was more interested in photographing the production crew at work than the bands themselves.
After all, the bands already had many eyes on them.
Because I was an appointed photographer, I felt at ease taking photos of everyone at all times.
It was fun capturing candid moments that were happening behind the scene.
It was also inspiring to see the passion that this group of enterprising young people had for music.
This was back in 2005. I had a Canon EOS 300 and the photos you see here were shot using different films.
I don’t remember what film I had used. I like the texture of the black and white photos, which I believe were shot on one roll of film. I think it might have been a Kodak T-Max 400. What do you think?
These pictures were taken almost a decade ago. It’s interesting to look at the contact sheets and see my photographic approach during the concerts. Especially since the pictures were taken with film and it was not cheap (for me) to develop the film, so I took one shot of most scenes.
While I don’t think that the photos that I took during these doubleyellowline concerts were remarkable, they form a special collection and I have fond memories of those moments.
A good reminder to “don’t stop, keep on moving” as well as to stay committed to one’s passion.