Surreal image featuring Potong Pasir HDB block one of world’s best pictures shot on iPhone

Photo: Darren Soh via Apple
Photo: Darren Soh via Apple

Singaporean photographer Darren Soh, the man behind those gorgeous architectural images of iconic local buildings we told you about this summer (and that very cool picture of a massive lightning storm), is once again being recognized — this time on the world stage, courtesy of Apple.

The tech giant yesterday released the list of winners for its Shot on iPhone Challenge, naming 10 individuals from around the globe who managed to capture brilliant photographs using the smartphone’s camera. Proving the adage that the best camera is the one you have at hand, Soh’s winning shot — a reflection in a puddle of an old HDB block in Potong Pasir — was captured on an iPhone Xs Max.

At first glance, it looks like one of those surreal images created by processing it through a painting filter app, but a longer look proves otherwise. According to Soh, he took it at a recently washed basketball court of a community club in the neighborhood.

The shot earned him warm praise from Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller, who lauded the Singaporean photographer’s composition.

“A reflection that looks like a painting, two worlds have collided,” Schiller wrote in an Apple Newsroom post.

“You are compelled to think about where and how this photo was taken, the bird flying in the corner provides the single sign of life in an otherwise surreal composition.”

With the win, Soh’s photo will soon be featured on billboards in various cities around the world on top of having it shown in Apple retail stores and its website.

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