I'm a Singapore event photographer; specializing in corporate events, weddings and birthday parties.


Singapore Mosque: Masjid Al-Iman

  • Nikon D7000, 35mm f1.8
  • At f2.8, 1/4000 seconds, ISO 100. Should have stopped down a bit, 1/4000 seconds for a building is ridiculous. 
  • Aperture priority, auto white balance, center weighted metering.
  • Picasa: Auto contract fix.
This is a new mosque, opened in 2003. Between Pending and Bangkit LRT stations. Mosques in Singapore are overseen by MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura: Islamic Religious Council of Singapore):


"In Singapore, where Muslims constitute a minority living in a society undergoing far reaching changes, the mosque stands as an important bulwark of Muslim identity and community integrity. Mosques have not just played a vital and meaningful role as the focus of religious activities, but also as centres for Islamic Learning and Social Development.
"Mosques in Singapore are currently managed by volunteers, refered to as Mosque Management Board (MMB). There are specific units within Muis which oversees the administration of Singapore Mosques in general."

"Masjid" means mosque in Malay and Arabic.The strange thing about studying Malay, is that you end up learning some Arabic too. And Malay is about 90 percent the same as Indonesian. When I was staying in the south of Singapore, I could pick up Indonesian TV. I could understand the news broadcasts, but the colloquial language was barely decipherable. Within formal Indonesian, there were some strange and not so strange differences. In Malaysia, the government is called "kerajaan," which literally means "kingly" but just means "government." In Indonesia, they refer to the government as "pemerintah," which means "ruler."

This is a surprisingly difficult photo to take. Too many other buildings and distractions, hard to get a clean shot. Move in too close, and there's a mess of cars parked along the road outside. Move too far away and you get a HDB apartment block looming over it. 

That's part of the fun of photography. It's not just a matter of snapping anything that comes into sight. It takes some effort, judgment, and luck. 

Note again, how important the tree at the corner is. Take that away and the photo becomes more plain.