As a photographer, i tend to walk around many places in Singapore, searching and exploring for new story or particular thing that catch my attention. For the past months. I realize there are many places in Singapore have this pair of stone lions in front of their shops. Since am lacking of idea, i thought this would be another wonderful documentary serial project to work on. Documenting interesting stone lions around the tiny island.
Previously, “Hidden Door” series bought me to various alley in Singapore to discover interesting and color door. “Chinese Guardian Lions” will bring me to the front. I thought of making this an on-going process to share with everyone during the course of the shoot.
The Chinese guardian lion or Chinese stone lions is a unique animal to the Chinese’s tradition since the Han Dynasty. A pair of stone lions, male and female can be often seen in front of the Chinese imperial palaces, imperial tombs, temples during the pre-modern China.
The positioning of the male lion is on the left with his right paw resting on a ball, and the female on the right with her left paw fondling a cub. The lion was regarded as the king in animal kingdom, representing power and prestige. These stone lions were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits.
In today modern society country, such as Singapore. These lions also stood in front of shops, private residences, restaurant, high-rise building, offices and so on. With one lion sitting on each side of the entrance.
The “Chinese Guardian Lions” will be shared concurrently with viewers rather than waiting for the whole project to end. Am curious to see what are the interesting “lions” i can capture, and perhaps an interesting story.