Tan Teng Niah

Tan Teng Niah - Singapore

Tan Teng Niah – Singapore

For my last post from Little India in Singapore, I’m featuring a building that is famous but is not Indian at all. Called the House of Tan Teng Niah, it is the last surviving Chinese villa in Little India. It was built in 1900 for a Chinese businessman.

As you can tell, it’s a dramatically colorful structure that stands out in a district that already has a healthy amount of color. When I made these photographs, I didn’t know of its significance. Gaudy and unusual, it just begged for photography.

Tan Teng Niah - Singapore

I’m not the only tourist that thought this was photo-worthy, with several snapping images, usually with smartphones, of course. This photographer in the center, however, was serious enough to sport a dedicated camera. From what I can see, it appears to be a Fujifilm in the X-T lineup.

Tan Teng Niah - Singapore

Finally, here’s one more of the most dramatic second floor, made with the Olympus PEN-F. The first two photographs were post-processed JPEGs made with the Canon G7X Mark II compact.

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