Documentary Photography – Hidden Door


The first door i capture in Chinatown.

Hidden Door is over a year long term project of documenting door around Singapore back lane. These doors are “hidden” behind the shophouses where not many people likely to venture.

I was extremely fascinated and attracted by the vivid colors of the Hidden Door. Only able to shoot on weekend as most business are not operating. The back lane tends to be less rowdy, and most importantly the door is closed.


I find it serene whenever i look at this. A different point of view from the usual hectic environment in the city.

However, the temperate in the back lane was much higher as there is no shelter to shade me during the documentation process. The heat can gets really nasty as the space between the walls are not spacious at time. Sometimes i came across oil ventilation that blows downward, puffing a nasty smell around my torso.


Mops hanging on the gate.

What inspired me going was the creative design structure, the material of the door, and the various intriguing details of the overall surrounding.

A little cat could be sleeping at the door steps, clothes hanging at the door front, flower pot that is in-front of the door, words and numbers spray on the door, there are many exciting details for viewers to go in-depth if looks closely. Behind every anonymous door lurks possible myriad tales of childhood, romance and history.


One of my favorite image. The contrast of this images with the small details around. Was wondering is this cat sleeping or sun basking?

I have documented over 500 door images around this tiny island, and is still on-going. As time flies, business change hand, demolish of building, cement the back door. Change of color, replacement of another door. Nothing is forever. But these pictures will be the memory of the past, present and future.

Currently am still uploading Hidden Door images to my website. Feel free to check it out.

These doors will be available for limited edition prints, customers or corporate companies who are interested do let me know. As i need new funding for future projects.

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