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Urban ascent

Words: Joel Chia
Photographs: Joel Chia
Mar 06, 2019

Urban ascent

Word: Joel Chia
Photographs: Joel Chia
Mar 06, 2019

“Growing up in Singapore, I have always been entranced by the beauty of this city, where high-rise buildings and lush greenery are set within an urban landscape. I set out to capture Singapore from a different perspective, with the goal of inspiring others around me to take a step back and see things from a different angle and a wider perspective. This promises to leave you in awe of what an everyday common space can be. I hope this series will inspire everyone to see the beauty in each day and everything that comes with it, no matter how big or small.”

A public fitness corner, nestled amongst the lush greenery of a neighbourhood estate. With a national goal of health promotion, most town councils, parks and nature reserves around Singapore often provide exercise equipment that are free for the public.

A favourite Singaporean pastime is gathering in outdoors space to mingle with friends with good food and drinks as the cherry on top.

Parts of Singapore’s sun-kissed beaches are transformed into a playground for volleyball enthusiasts. This man-made court is free for public use as long as players book in advance.

Secluded beachfront island living on the popular Sentosa Island located off Singapore’s southern coast.

This is one of the few five-star hotels on Singapore’s southern coast. It offers modern day resort facilities and service that guarantee a luxury experience.

The basic structures that connect a bustling city day in and out. Capturing Singapore’s highways at night allows the fast moving cars to give off beautiful light trails.

Visitors can explore this island through a connecting bridge, allowing them to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city in no time.

The largest of its kind in the world, this floating platform at Marina Bay can hold up to 9,000 people. The seaparate stand, which sits fully on the shore, can hold approximately 30,000 spectators.

The Sentosa Express is a monorail line connecting Sentosa Island to HarbourFront on the Singapore mainland across the waters. Built at a cost of SGD140 million, development started in June 2003 and was completed in December 2006. While on the monorail, Singapore’s coastline can be admired from a bird’s eye view.


The Fountain of Wealth was listed by the Guinness Book of Records in 1988 as being the largest fountain in the world. It is located in one of Singapore’s largest shopping malls, Suntec City. Given that Singapore has a lack of roundabouts, this shot was particularly satisfying. It’s hard to beat the rush you get from admiring the perfect symmetry of full circle!

Joel Chia
is a highly motivated self-taught photographer with strong work ethics from Singapore but travels the globe frequently for projects. Specialising in aerial photography, his work has received recognition both locally and internationally. More of his works can be seen on www.facebook.com/idroneman


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