The Night We Never Met 一个夜总会最后的夜晚

December 14, 2018 2018年12月14日

Cities change at a rapid clip. Blink and your favorite spot is gone. You’re lucky if you even get a chance to say goodbye. When you do get fair warning, you’ve got to make the best of the time you have left. Club Hawaii has weathered the constant upheaval of Singapore’s development frenzy for so long that some claim it’s the oldest remaining nightclub on the island. But time is creeping up on it, too. While it’s not closing its doors, it will get a significant renovation.


城市总是以超乎想像的速度在变化,一转眼,你最喜欢的那个地方可能就消逝不见了。如果你有机会能向它说再见,那你是少数的幸运儿,但一句诚心的忠告:你最好充分利用这段所剩不多的时间。

夏威夷夜总会(Club Hawaii)长期下来随着新加坡狂潮般的发展,经历了许多改变。这一间有人说是当地历史最悠久的夜总会,正日渐月染地受到时间侵蚀,虽然没有关闭营业,但一场重大的改造正在计划中。

That news caught the attention of AikBeng Chia, a photographer who first experienced the venue back in 2000 but didn’t return for over a decade when he started shooting then. Hawaii had remained in a sort of stasis, and the impending change triggered a sense of nostalgia for him. With the owner’s permission, he set out to immortalize its unique vibe before the old made way for the new.


这个消息引起了 AikBeng Chia 的注意。当时已经是一位摄影师的他,在 2000 年第一次来到夏威夷夜总会,自此已经十多年没有来过。这座俱乐部一直处于停滞的状态,迫近的改造计划引发了他的怀旧感。在获得老板同意的情况下,他想要在一切被翻新之前,把这里旧有的独特氛围转化为永恒。

Worn orange booths, red cushioned walls, rainbow LEDs: he captured all of it, this whole familiar space that envelops a cast of characters he’d grown to consider friends. A largely elderly clientele listens to a collection of female singers on stage, many of whom immigrated from China. Some customers busy themselves at the pool table or huddle up at the bar. Others lounge in the booths. “It’s filled with characters,” Chia says. “From loan sharks, bookies, and gangsters to retirees, uncles, and aunties. It’s an interesting mix.” He shoots them in various ways, either with their permission after sharing a beer (or two) , or sneaking shots without their knowledge. “Obviously, I can’t photograph the gangsters,” he laughs.


破旧的橙色摊位、红色软垫墙、彩虹 LED 灯——他捕捉到了这一切。这整个熟悉的空间充满一群朋友般的角色:一批听众主要是老年人的女歌手在舞台上演唱,台下大多是来自中国的移民。有些顾客在台球桌上忙碌着,或者挤在吧台。有些人就在位子上小歇一会。“它充满了各种角色。” Chia 说,“从放高利贷的人、赌博公司的人、流氓、到退休人员,叔叔和阿姨。这是一个再有趣不过的组合。”他会用不同的方式拍摄他们,在分享一两杯啤酒后获得许可,或是就在他们不知情的情况下偷偷拍摄。 “当然,我没办法拍到流氓。”他笑着说。

The series is entirely digital, and he adds grains and color grade to give it the feel of film. Since film is a dated medium, it immediately evokes a sense of the past. Maybe that’s why people often refer to film as “warm.” It may be heretical to shoot digital that looks like film in some circles, but Chia is unconcerned with purist nitpicking. Photography is a form of therapy for him.


该系列全是通过数码处理,他加上更多颗粒感和后期调色,赋予了胶片的感觉。由于胶片本身就是一种过时的媒介,它能立刻唤起了一种怀旧的气氛。也许这就是为什么人们经常感觉胶片拍出来的照片“温暖”的原因。用数码相机拍摄却去模拟胶片,这对于一些在摄影圈的人来说可能是异端,但 Chia 并不关心这种太矫枉过正的挑剔。摄影纯粹是他的一种治愈自我的方式。

As a professional illustrator, Chia felt stuck creatively, so he decided to pick up photography in 2008, at age 40 using an early model iPhone. And he got hooked. Today he uses a Leica Q digital camera, but he’s still fond of shooting with his iPhone (now an XS Max). “Photography is a way for me to manage my depression,” he says. “Sometimes it works, sometimes not.”


2008 年,当时40岁的 Chia 作为一名专业的插画家,他觉得自己在创作上遇到瓶颈了。于是他开始使用早期的 iPhone 去拍摄,从此他就迷上摄影。今天他使用的是 Leica Q 数码相机,但他仍然喜欢用 iPhone 拍摄(现在他用的型号是 XS Max)。“摄影是我控制抑郁症的一种方式。”他说,“有时有效,有时不行。”

He shot the Club Hawaii series in collaboration with filmmaker Nicky Loh. They call it The Night We Never Met, because each started the same project without the other’s knowledge until they coincidentally bumped into each other in the street.


他与电影制作人 Nicky Loh 合作拍摄了夏威夷夜总会系列。 他们称之为《我们从未见过的夜晚》(The Night We Never Met),因为两人都在双方不知道的情况下开始了这个项目,直到他们在街上巧遇彼此。

Although it’s about a single nightclub, it speaks to the city at large: “Singapore is constantly changing. Recently a 100-year-old flea market closed down to make way for commercial buildings. So this is Singapore.”


虽然这个系列只关于一个夜总会,但它想传话的对象是整座城市:“新加坡不曾停下改变的脚步。最近,一个有百年历史的跳蚤市场为了兴建商业大楼而关闭了。新加坡就是这样的地方。”

Websitewww.aikbengchia.com
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Contributor: Mike Steyels


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Instagram: @aikbengchia

 

供稿人: Mike Steyels