YMCA’s Y Photo Club puts Peranakan culture in focus for Giving Gala exhibition


Some past and present beneficiaries of the YMCA’s Y Photo Club community service programme went out for a very special photo shoot on Saturday (25 August) at Kim Choo Kueh Chang’s Boutique Gallery on East Coast Road.

Accompanied by YMCA volunteers, these beneficiaries from the Association For Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Tanglin School photographed the various Peranakan artefacts on display at the Boutique Gallery, from colourful Peranakan clothing to traditional Peranakan furniture with intricate carvings.



Y Photo Club alumnus Solomon Low (in grey) with a volunteer.

Y Photo Club alumnus Solomon Low was all smiles during the shoot.

“I see a lot of things, old stuff. I actually like it! I used to be in Y Photo Club. I feel happy to be back. It has been quite a long time,” said Low, adding that he plans to volunteer as a mentor for the new Y Photo Club participants next year. 

Anthony Tan, APSN’s teacher-in-charge for Y Photo Club, said he invited Low and other past Y Photo Club participants to come for the photo outing because this group “seldom gets the opportunity” to shoot, after they leave Y Photo Club to make way for a new batch of students.

He explained that the programme gives his students valuable opportunities to refine their photography skills, but there are limited slots available, so they try to “give more students a chance to participate” by only keeping each batch in the programme for a year before rotating them out.

Selected photos from this special shoot will be exhibited during the upcoming YMCA Giving Gala 2018 fundraiser on 22 October at PARKROYAL on Pickering. Mdm President Halimah Yacob will be the Guest-of-Honour for the evening.

Funds raised through YMCA Giving Gala goes toward sustaining our community service programmes such as Y Photo Club.

Come join us for an evening of good food and good company for a good cause! Find out more: https://www.ymca.org.sg/givinggala/home/ .

Curious about their photos? Here’s just a sample. The rest will be revealed on event night!


A photo of a traditional porcelain stool with a floral motif. (Photo courtesy of Y Photo club participant Joshua Tay)


Colourful kebaya on display, adorned with intricate costume jewellery. (Photo courtesy of Y Club alumnus Solomon Low)

We also want to take this chance to thank Kim Choo Kueh Chang Pte Ltd for allowing the group to shoot at their premises. We’ll be having a very yummy collaboration with them very soon so stay tuned!

Written by Han Wei Chou