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    Situated on top of a hill along Tyersall Avenue, off Holland road. Surrounded in thick vegetation, lies a forgotten century-old palace, which is … Read More
    Situated on top of a hill along Tyersall Avenue, off Holland road. Surrounded in thick vegetation, lies a forgotten century-old palace, which is not chartered on any modern maps today. First occupied by lawyer William Napier who, in 1854, built a house on it named Tyersall. Sultan Abu Bakar bought over the land and built a grand mansion known as Istana Tyersall in Singapore, 1892. He was the 21th Sultan of Johor, “the father of modern Johor” in the 19th century. Known for his diplomatic ties between different rules, his display of wealth and influence have gained himself access to the European society which eventually play an important mile stone in Singapore today. Istana Tyersall, designed in Corinthian styled architecture, combines not only gothic and classical motifs, but also Indo-saracenic elements. It is one of the first residences in Singapore that was powered with electricity, and furnished with extravagant ornaments and furniture. The grandest home built in Eclectic Victorian style. Istana Tyersall, however, was destroyed in a fire in 1905 due to faulty electrical wiring. Today the Istana have gone quietly into oblivion, swallowed by Mother Nature day by day. Documenting a true documentary without distortion in my photographs. I've decided to document the past glorious history by using film negative, which portray the truth natural image. Film negatives are light sensitive thus creating unexpected noise and effect, as well as the infinite shades of grey. Appreciating film photography is metaphorically similar to appreciating our history when we were part of Malaya back then. “study the past if you would define the future.” - Confucius Read Less
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