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5 Minimalist Backdrops In Singapore For Kinfolk-Level Photoshoots


Minimalist Backdrops For Your Next Photoshoot

 

Make way for the next big movement to grace your Instagram feed: minimalism. With its pared down palette, minimalist backgrounds are simple enough to make your outfit pop and still achieve that clean aesthetic.

Thankfully, you don’t have to rely on just the solid colours of your office wall to achieve this effect. Head over to these locations and add a tinge of sophistication to your next IG post by playing around with the patterns and colours.

 

Monochromatic Elegance

 

1. Tampines Ave 9, Blk 491 - 496

 

 Minimalist - Tampines Ave 9 Facade

Located just a stone's throw away from Tampines North Primary School, Blocks 491 to 496 in Tampines Avenue 9 are unique in that they are painted in a high-contrast black and white.

This Tudor-inspired colour scheme was voted by residents to replace their previously brick-red facade. 

tampines hdb void deck

Notice how the lines of the diamond are perfectly parallel to the railing behind it. The geometry helps make the matte black stand out even more, resulting in a stunning image. 

 Minimalist - Tampines Leading Lines

The walls and ledges nearby provide strong leading lines so use them if you’re looking to add some depth to your photos.

 Minimalist - Tampines Holding Hands

On her: ck Authentic ($339) On him: ck Steadfast ($439 - Leather strap)

How to get there:

By bus: Take Services 28, 29 or 293 from Tampines Interchange and alight at “Blk 496F”

 

2. CHIJMES

 

 Minimalist - CHIJMES Male

 Minimalist - CHIJMES Facade

CHIJMES was known as the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus and once housed the oldest Catholic girls’ school in Singapore. After being gazetted in 1990, the entire complex underwent extensive restoration and transformation works. 

Now, it serves a lifestyle hub where the visitors can partake in an array of activities - like dining in ethnic restaurants and attending recitals - in an area filled with rich history.

 Minimalist - CHIJMES Female

 Minimalist - CHIJMES Spiral Staircase

Supporting the Gothic-themed arched linkway are beautiful capitals adorned with floral trimmings. Together with the spiral staircase, these look like something out of a Tim Burton movie.

How to get there:

By MRT: Within walking distance from City Hall and Bras Basah Stations

By Bus: Take Services 2, 12, 33, 147 and 190 and alight at “Aft Chijmes”

 

Solids + Symmetry

 

3. Kampong Kapor Methodist Church

 

 Minimalist - Kampong Kapor Male

Right across Rochor NPC is a building so white, you’ll think you’ve just seen a piece of heaven. Kampong Kapor Methodist Church has the distinct honour of being Singapore’s first Peranakan church and was gazetted for conservation in 1989 as part of the Little India Historic District.

 Minimalist - Kampong Kapor Symmetry

Right behind the church is a gorgeous pure white wall you could use for your shots. Notice how the crosses are perfectly aligned with one another. Experiment with symmetry to bring about a sense of balance to your photos.

 Minimalist - Kampong Kapor Couple

 Minimalist - ck Whirl

Her watch: ck Whirl ($369)  

 Minimalist - ck Steadfast

His watch: ck Steadfast ($439 - leather strap)

How to get there:

By MRT: Within walking distance from Little India, Farrer Park and Rochor Stations

By Bus: Take Services 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 131, 139, 147, 857, NR6 and alight at “Broadway Hotel”

 

4. The Porcelain Hotel

 

 Minimalist - Porcelain Hotel Facade

Standing out from the shophouses along Mosque Street is a boutique hotel that certainly lives up to its name. The pure white facade of the Porcelain would make anyone believe that it was carved out of its namesake.

 Minimalist - Porcelain Hotel Pillar

Add some symmetry and depth to your images by utilising the pillars in front of the hotel.

 Minimalist - Porcelain Hotel Stripe

For those hoping to add some slight colour to their pics, The Porcelain’s walls have a patterned black stripe lined down at the middle that complements the surrounding white. 

 Minimalist - Porcelain Hotel Exterior

How to get there:

By MRT: Within walking distance from Chinatown Station

By Bus: Take Services 51, 63, 124, 174, 186, 851, 961 and  and alight at “Opp Hong Lim Cplx”

 

5. Marina Square Maze

 

 Minimalist - Marina Square Maze Aerial

Nope, this is not a still from the next “Maze Runner” movie. The Marina Square Maze is technically an emergency fire escape route but that has not stopped Instagrammers from using it as the backdrop for their #findingmyself posts. 

Tip: Fair warning, if you’re gonna take a wide shot like this, make sure your friend has steady hands as the vertical drop is very high.

 Minimalist - Marina Square Maze Wall

Tip: The maze is perfect for close-up shots as its walls are smooth and have clean leading lines. 

 Minimalist - Marina Square Maze Centre

How to get there:

Make your way to Marina Square, Level 2 and exit through the door nearest to Samsonite (#02-81). Walk straight down the pathway till you see a door marked “Stair 30-D-1” on your right. Enter the door and you’re now in the maze!

 

Complete your look with accessories

 

 Minimalist - ck Steadfast + ck Plate

His watch: ck Steadfast ($439 - leather strap), His necklace + ring: ck Plate ($109 - Ring, $139 - Short Pendant Necklace)

Now that you’re familiar with some beautiful backdrops, you can start your foray into minimalist photography! Of course, it helps to dress up for your shoots and no outfit is complete without some accessories.

 Minimalist - ck Authentic

ck Authentic ($419 - PVD Yellow Gold, $339 - Stainless Steel)

Add that dash of refinement to your portraits by pairing your outfits with the latest collection of Calvin Klein timepieces and jewellery. These beauties come in sleek monochrome making them a perfect fit for every occasion, especially minimalist photoshoots.

 Minimalist - ck Plate

ck Plate ($109 - Ring, $169 - Matt PVD Black Closed Bangle)

Guys, make your outfits extra #lit with rings and chains from the CK Plate range.

 Minimalist - ck Authentic

Her watch: ck Authentic ($339)

Ladies, enhance your #ootd with a Calvin Klein Authentic timepiece. Delicate, yet captivating, Calvin Klein’s latest range will add a touch of modernity to your ensemble.

 Minimalist - ck Supple

Her earrings: ck Supple ($109)

 Minimalist - ck Supple Thin Bangle

Her bangle: ck Supple ($119 - Thin Bangle)

Find out more about CK’s latest accessory range here 


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