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Shophouses of Singapore - Q&A with Tatyana Kildisheva

We are super excited to be working with the brilliant photograher and author, Tatyana Kildisheva. This week, we take a break from our Christmas "to do" list and have a natter with Tatyana as she tells us all about how peranakan culture and the shophouses of Singapore inspire her art.

How did you get into photography?

I was always fascinated by shapes and colours and drawn to photograph architecture.

What inspired you to focus your art around peranakan culture and what fascinates you about Singapore shophouses?

When I moved to Singapore, I was captivated by the unusual architecture, very unique to this region: traditional Chinese shophouses with european architecture elements - pilasters, ceramic tiles, terracotta roofs, festoons and swags.

What captivated me, is the combination of immigrant Chinese and Europeans with local builders and architects, being inspired by European architecture, but building in a traditional shophouse style, which produced beautiful structures that we see today.

Singapore eclectic shophouses went above and beyond with distinguishable decorative features that retained their authentic charm that we marvel at even now.

Do you have a favourite house or street to shoot?

Blair Road, Koon Seng Road

What are your Xmas plans?

I'll be enjoying spending time with my family and friends

Your art would make the perfect Xmas gift - is there still time to make a purchase?

Yes, there is always time for last minute gifts, please don't be shy to contact me!

Tatyana's beautiful fine art shophouse photography is now available to buy online here. For a limited time, you can purchase 4 prints for the price of 3! All art will be hand delivered by Tatyana herself so you can ensure delivery before Christmas!

If you have any questions about Tatyana's pieces or you would like to purchase some of her gorgeous work prior to Christmas, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

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