Flash mob in Orchard

Flash mobs are not uncommon in big cities. They are even less so at the busiest parts of these cities. However, I did not expect to encounter one when I took a brief walk along Orchard Road.

The theme of the day appeared on its own. Hats. I did not expect to snap so many photos of people wearing interesting hats.

Self-portrait of photographer Jen Xi

Self-portrait to get myself started. I walk past this mirror every day. It is part of the playground below my home.

Woman with a large cap and man with a small cap

This large-beaked hat kicked off the series of hat shots.

Two men wearing caps

Three persons walking along Orchard Road

There is a hat in this shot but it was the seen and unseen stare behind the shades that caught my attention.

A couple wearing matching hats

Not only do they match their hats, they even match the way they place their shades!

A cameraman wearing a cap

Wearing a cap is useful if you need to mount a GoPro camera on your head. This camera man was taking videos of skaters doing stunts. They ended being a nuisance to the public walking along the busy street.

Then I got distracted.

Amateur video crew

When three cameras are set up like this and point at the same direction, you know something is going to happen.

A group of Indian dancers in a flash mob along Orchard Road

A group of Indian dancers in a flash mob along Orchard Road

A group of Indian dancers in a flash mob along Orchard Road

A group of Indian dancers in a flash mob along Orchard Road

A group of Indian dancers in a flash mob along Orchard Road

A group of Indian dancers in a flash mob along Orchard Road

A group of Indian dancers in a flash mob along Orchard Road

A group of Indian dancers in a flash mob along Orchard Road

A group of Indian dancers in a flash mob along Orchard Road

I was wary of getting into the frame of the video cameras so this was the closest I could go. Many people whipped out their smartphones and cameras to take photos or videos of the mob, as you can see in the background of the shots.

Then, it was over as abruptly as it started.

My time for shooting was up and I had to go to another appointment.

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