Saturday, June 7, 2008
Take time to dance in the sun
This is a picture of social life within a kampong settlement. This picture by Yip Cheong Fun, like all his kampong pictures in the old days, is not just a mundane record of the past; as a documentary photographer, his passion is to record life and measure the minutest transformation of the social scene and fabric of life. Here is an unusual and rather informal social gathering for dancing and merriment at Tanah Merah in the late 1950s. It's not for a special occasion like weddings - it's just some kampong folks relaxing on a Sunday morning. Such events existed. They represented the harmonious social mingling amongst kampong people of whatever origins - a symbol of relaxed and peaceful lives in our Singapore kampongs in days gone by.