A drug and liqour store in the old part of Johor Bahru
There's a recurring modern tropical aesthetic, of grubby plastic, scratched aluminum and eroded paint that sometimes makes quite painterly combinations, like something out of the Color Field movement. The erosison and decay of the bright colors making them more interesting.
I had in mind the color of old school exercise books- the ones that weren't kraft paper colored, but a blue/gray/green color. It hovers between eau de nil and duck egg blue and grayed by time. When I visited the exhibition about the golden age of Singapore Cinema at the Singapore Art Museum, I was reminded that these colors were also the color of old cinema tickets which I photographed and became the resource that helped to develop the background 'paper' image for this site.
The old part of Johor Bahru. Run down, dillapidated. The odd Rothokoesque color fields of the painted buidings unique to this region, unappreciated.
While many are shuttered, there are still businesses that still cling on, tailors, bakers, mattress makers and a handful of cool kids trying to recolonize the neighborhood with clothing stores and hangout joints. The shop where I bought my school supplies back in the day is still there.