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colours of singapore: flowers

June 29, 2013  in flowers, inspiring places

Colours of Singapore by Sania Pell

The tropical colours of Singapore were amazing as we passed through gardens and areas like Chinatown and Little India: Hot pinks, citrus oranges and acid greens, sky blues and metallic golds. Flowers were everywhere, popping out against the urban landscape along roadsides, in parks, temples and for sale on market stalls.

 Flowers in Singapore by Sania Pell

 Flowers in Singapore by Sania Pell

 Flower in Singapore by Sania Pell

Flowers in Singapore by Sania Pell

Flower in Singapore by Sania Pell

Detail of a flower in Singapore by Sania Pell

I’ve loved using a close-up macro lens and playing with depth of field since I bought my first 35mm SLR film camera whilst at art college, and flowers are my perfect muse for this kind of abstraction. I can’t help myself and find wherever I travel I am drawn to photographing flowers, so in Singapore I was in heaven.

 

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orchids & architecture: singapore

June 11, 2013  in flowers, inspiring places

Orchids and architecture in Singapore by Sania Pell

Singapore was the most wonderful place to stop over on our way home from Australia. We broke up our return journey with a two day visit to this amazing city. We had heard some reports of it feeling a little sterile, but we found it fascinating and absolutely loved it. They have embraced modern architecture (we felt as if we were part of a science fiction film set at times) and, in contrast, other parts of the city felt like you were immersed in the old mysterious Orient.

Orchids and architecture in Singapore by Sania Pell

Orchids in Singapore by Sania Pell

Orchids in Singapore by Sania Pell

Our first stop was the newly opened Gardens by the Bay. The Cloud Forest dome was fantastic with a 90 foot waterfall cascading from the man-made mountain inside, mossy trees nearby and walls filled vertically with an enormous range of tropical plants and flowers. There must have been every type of Orchid in all shapes, sizes and colours. The mists were ‘switched on’ at various times and the whole dome enclosed you in its artificial cloud which my children absolutely loved. The Flower Dome next door was also wonderful.

Orchids in Singapore by Sania Pell

The Cloud Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore - by Sania Pell

The Cloud Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore - by Sania Pell

Orchids in the Cloud Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore - by Sania Pell

In the Cloud Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore - by Sania Pell

Orchids and architecture in Singapore - by Sania Pell

There were also towering, tree-like sculptural metal structures with plants growing upwards around their trunks. The walkway linking these metal trees allowed great views across the gardens but even these towers, which felt high from the top, were dwarfed by the huge hotel next door – The Marina Bay Sands.

Architecture in Singapore - by Sania Pell

Architecture in Singapore - by Sania Pell

Ships anchored in Singapore Bay by Sania Pell

We walked through the Heritage Gardens, over the foot bridge and took the lift to the 58th floor observation deck where the view was out of this world, across the city and out over the bay; tankers in the shipping lanes below us looked like ants and the sheer volume of them was unexpected.

I love the juxtaposition of tropical flowers with modern buildings and Singapore did this so well.

 

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ABOUT SANIA

Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a contributing stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for 16 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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