Ramchand Ramesh

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A photograph captures the moment, however fleeting it may be. The difficulty is being able to describe the soul of this moment so as to tell the story behind it. The angle of view, the point of focus, the composition, the framing and the timing all play a part in expressing this moment. Aperture, exposure time and ISO speed are some of the variables that affect exposure and in a digital camera, an array of millions of tiny light cavities record this image as pixels of information with hue, tint, shade, saturation, light intensity, color and tone. In the words of Henri Cartier-Bresson, “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” Ramchand Ramesh is a business strategist and technology consultant whose pastime is art and photography.

Trip into Wessex Estate

Published July 2nd, 2012

Wessex Estate is a secluded group of buildings close to Portsdown Road in Singapore. Affectionately called 'Black and Whites', they are of a style once commonly used to house European expatriate or colonial families in tropical colonies, typically the Southeast Asian colonies of the British Empire in the nineteenth century.

In Singapore, they were built from the 19th century until World War II. The style incorporated elements of UK's Arts and Crafts and Art Deco movements as well as the need of wealthy expatriate families for airy and spacious family homes. Black-and-Whites were built by wealthy families, the leading commercial firms and above all, the Public Works Department and, in the case of Wessex Estate, the British Armed Forces.

Many still serve as residences and, with renovation some have been converted into commercial buildings such as restaurants and bars.

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