Large cities have long enjoyed wonderful reputations. There’s something oddly soothing about the constant flow of people and machinery throughout the day. More recently, people have become increasingly enamoured by the shimmering glass facades and lightscapes of bustling commercial centres. However, a trip outside of the city centre is often equally or even more rewarding as these cities retain traces of the ruggedness they bore before their rise.
Singaporean photographer Aiksoon (@aiksooon) heads beyond the business and financial districts of his country to capture life beyond the glimmers and glamour.
Open-air markets and provision shops are still choice spots for some to stock up on fresh produce. These stalls have kept up with the times, offering cashless transactions alongside the friendly service they are known for.
A man wheels his trolley outside the Abdul Gaffoor Mosque
Trading for fresh produce is still an integral part of many citizens’ daily lives in big cities. It’s as ingrained as religion in many parts of the world.
Apart from fresh produce, certain types of food items are perennially popular. Take street ice-cream for instance. Not exactly gelato, but still irresistible (take our word for it).
Of course, if walking down open-air streets in the heat and humidity doesn’t appeal to you, you could buy a service and enjoy the view from those trishaws. However, we’d warn that most of the city’s sweaty and slightly oppressive charm is lost this way.
Aiksoon shot all the images above with the OOWA 15mm lens. Shop here.