Back in the 1960s and 70s, Bugis Street in Singapore was renowned for its nightly gatherings of flamboyantly dressed trans women. These parades slowly dwindled during mid-1980s after major urban redevelopment in the area.
In this portrait series, I wanted to recreate the sense of glamour characterized by the Bugis Street era, and approached trans women in the Rowell/Desker Road vicinity where a substantial portion of the community has since shifted.
I wanted to photograph them in their environment, and we chose street corners that were just a stone’s throw away from where they typically hang out. The ladies posed themselves, and the resultant series was a collaborative effort.