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Local Lens: Reflections of Singapore’s Changing Cityscape

To see more of Singapore’s diverse architecture through the lens of a local, follow @_yafiqyusman_ on Instagram.

“The places I can go are limited,” says Instagrammer Yafiq Yusman (@_yafiqyusman_) of his tiny island-nation home of Singapore, “but the photo possibilities are limitless.”

Yafiq, who studied architecture in college, enjoys capturing Singapore’s rapidly evolving urban landscape through puddles left by the city’s tropical climate. “Singapore is a modernized country, but there are still places where you can see the olden days,” says Yafiq. “The alleys in Little India, China Town and Boat Quay are a few of my favorite spots and great for puddle shots.”

For more modern photo opportunities, Yafiq favors Raffles Place, a square surrounded by the city’s tallest buildings. And for those seeking respite from Singapore’s fast-paced metropolis, he suggests tracking down a hidden reserve called Punggol Beach. “The best time to visit is during the sunset. It’s beautiful.”

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 600 mock coffins were displayed in the Palestinian city of Ramallah to commemorate those killed in Gaza since Israel’s offensive began on July 7. In a demonstration organized by the Ramallah Municipality, hundreds of Palestinians carried the coffins, wrapped in Palestinian flags and labeled with the names and ages of those killed, through the city and then placed them in front of the United Nations headquarters.

 Photos: Thomas Dallal

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A Palestinian man looks at a neighbouring house which was damaged in an Israeli air strike that killed two children, in the northern Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

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A Palestinian man looks at a neighbouring house which was damaged in an Israeli air strike that killed two children, in the northern Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

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Relatives of Palestinians, whom medics said were killed in Israeli shelling at a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, mourn outside a hospital morgue in the northern Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

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Relatives of Palestinians, whom medics said were killed in Israeli shelling at a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, mourn outside a hospital morgue in the northern Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

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At least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza clash with soldiers and border police at the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, early on July 25, 2014. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

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At least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza clash with soldiers and border police at the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, early on July 25, 2014. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)