Photo hacks for Instagrammable arts spots
For a natural, soft spotlight effect in your photos of the colourful Muscat Street murals, be sure to visit the place in the earlier half of the morning. (Photos: Claudio Chock)

Photo hacks for Instagrammable arts spots

It is official: Singapore is the 10th most Instagrammable country in the world. The accolade was conferred by the online travel publication Big 7 Travel in its recent survey.

The ranking, of countries around the world, was based on the volume of social media hashtags for each destination, as well as votes from the publication’s readers and a panel of travel experts.

Singapore might be a “little red dot” of a nation, but we certainly have no lack of picturesque corners and attractions, from the state-of-the-art Jewel Changi Airport mall to the lush greenery of the new Jurong Lake Gardens and the many hipster cafes that dot the island.

So, if you are looking for an Instagrammable spot to snap new #OOTDs this weekend, check out our three picks and tips to perfect your snaps. May the “likes” be ever in your favour.

Haji Lane

Why visit: Home to hipster cafes, hole-in-the-wall boutiques and stores selling spices and fabrics, Haji Lane also boasts stretches of colourful street art and wall murals. Don’t miss the new mural Boogie in the Dark (above) by Nicia Lam, Yullis Lam and Novena Angela. The vibrant artwork depicts sea creatures at an underwater disco-themed party.

Photo hack: Stop by the popular attraction in the morning before 9am, to beat the crowds and get clean shots. Also, the early bird catches the worm – the soft morning light casts a gentle spotlight on the murals, such as those in Muscat Street.

LASALLE College of The Arts

Why visit: The tertiary arts and design school, designed by RSP Architects in Singapore, comprises six organically-shaped glass buildings linked by soaring sky bridges. Its architecture has bagged prestigious architectural awards, including Building of The Year at the 2008 Singapore Institute of Architects Architectural Design Awards. The campus is open to the public, except for its classrooms and studios.

Photo hack: To get the best shot of the sky bridges linking the buildings, take a wide-angle shot and frame it such that the lines of the building’s architecture converge towards the subject, or you.

National Gallery Singapore

Why visit: The beautifully restored former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings make the National Gallery Singapore, which occupies the space today, an #OOTD magnet. But it is not just the architecture that is stunning, the museum is also filled with lots of eye-catching art, which can make for interesting snaps.

One example is the installation, The Other Wall, by Aung Ko and Nge Lay, from Myanmar. The work comprises houses, foliage and objects covered in gold as a reference to Myanmar’s moniker of the Golden Land.

Photo hack: Posing with art doesn’t have to be stiff or tricky. Find a work you like, then engage with it like you would, naturally. Pictures of one admiring the art usually photograph well. If the work is interactive, the shot could also be of you touching or (gently) handling the work.

Details on admission to the National Gallery Singapore here.

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