Photo Essay: UNDERPASS, by Teng Kiat

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Definition (Merriam-Webster):  a crossing of a highway and another way (as a road or railroad) at different levels; also :  the lower level of such a crossing

I am intrigued by the spaces beneath our  underpasses.

In Singapore where space is a premium, these are swathes of isolated pockets of unused spaces or are they?

I prefer to explore these places in the absence of people.

In the absence of people, i  wonder what goes on in these spaces, who are the “owners” of these spaces?

Are these spaces ultilitarian in function or a sanctuary where people return. A public space or a private space?

Or are these spaces claimed by spirits or the indomitable spirit of nature?

As i explored the places, the reality seems to fade away and the imaginary world  takes over.

Welcome to the realm of the underpass.

Photographs & Text: TENG KIAT | Music: Tah Choe Gooi

UNDERPASS, by Teng Kiat was made during the IPA Mentorship Program. Click to view: More Mentorship Projects.

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