Went for a photo shoot at the Esplanded with a few offstoners today, and we were so shocked that photography is NOT allowed INSIDE the building, INCLUDING the open air rooftop which oversees the skyline and sea.
The moment I stepped into the open roof top, a young chap who was the security politely told me that no photography is allowed. I just sorta said, "okay".
While he was away, we took a few more shots. Another photog far away is even setting up a tripod, and 1 level below, another photog is also shooting. He soon came back and told us no photography allowed. His boss did not tell him why, but he was just told to tell visitors that no photography was allowed in the compounds. But shooting the building from OUTSIDE is allowed. Absurd.
Thinking that maybe only SLR-types were not allowed, we watched what would happen to a family taking family snaps. Same thing, he walked up to the family and told them that photography is not allowed.
The irony: While making our way out of the building for a cuppa, we saw a Kodak Express lab under construction. Why open a lab when there's no photography allowed? So that people can buy film then shoot OUTSIDE?
I find the whole thing strange, as the Esplanade is supposed to be the Centre of the Arts for Singapore. And photography IS considered an art form right? What's with the management of the building that they must so strictly enforce a "no photography" rule in the compounds? Why spend $600 million building the building then, when you don't even allow people to take photos of the building from the open rooftop (and possibly the courtyard as well) ?