Mob mentality gets a flash of inspiration


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Adam Goi

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As seen in Sunday Times today.

Mob mentality gets a flash of inspiration
By Helmi Yusof

It was just an ordinary set of escalators outside Popular bookstore in Orchard MRT station.


The waving and yelling lasted only a few minutes. -- BRYAN VAN DER BEEK
But yesterday, at 2.10pm, 12 Singaporeans rode up and down them three times, waving and yelling.

The group of 20- and 30-somethings comprised lawyers, teachers, journalists, advertising executives and others who did not know one another.

But together, they formed a flash mob - a group of people who have been alerted via e-mail to gather at a particular place to do something silly, and then quickly disappear.

The phenomenon, which apparently began in New York in June, has since spread to nearly every major city in the world.

In one incident, hundreds of New Yorkers perched on a stone ledge in Central Park making bird noises.

In London, 60 people gathered to simultaneously peel bananas.

In Cape Town, 150 converged to quack like ducks.

In Singapore, 50 gathered at the open space above Raffles Place MRT station on July 17, and set their mobile phones ringing non-stop for what they called The Spontaneous Orchestra.

Most of these activities lasted for no more than a few minutes, so that they would not disrupt the normal flow of activity at the venues.

Like organisers elsewhere, those here indulging in such past-times prefer to remain anonymous. Media coverage worries them.

'We don't want the authorities to panic for no reason and choke the whole thing off,' said one.

'We're just trying to have some harmless, spontaneous fun.'

Yesterday, people using the Orchard underpass stopped and stared at the whooping group.


Older folk passed loud disapproving remarks; tourists sniggered and took snapshots, and two teenagers argued with each other over whether they should join in.

But even as they decided, it was all over.


The so-called flash mob had melted back into the crowd as quickly as it had formed.
 

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Wooo how about simultaneous flashing :) It would be pretty fun.

16 shots with flash hiak hiak...

"1000 cs members line up along orchard road and flashes with camera. Causing accidents because flash blinds drivers"

Hiak ... evil..
 

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I would suggest that we all stand in the biggest circle we can form and then take a shot in Wide angle, combine them and see a circular panaramic aka MATRIX ... of coz.. let's all FLASH our flashes @ the smae time and disappear.. heehee..... :D :devil:
 

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Hmmm.... howzabout synchronised flashing at
1. Esplanade (Sat evening 8pm)
2. PP (Wed evening 7pm)
3. Chinatown (Sun morning)

Title it "Attack of The Roving Flashers"
:devil:

Better that - everyone wear CS tee, line in black-white-black-white pattern some more.... :bigeyes:
 

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nah, you guys wouldn't be able to resist bringing along all your wide-angle, telephoto, macro, wireless triple flash, 3 different tripods, etc etc, the police will get there way before you can even drag your gear 15 metres :bsmilie: :sweatsm:
 

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hwchoy said:
nah, you guys wouldn't be able to resist bringing along all your wide-angle, telephoto, macro, wireless triple flash, 3 different tripods, etc etc, the police will get there way before you can even drag your gear 15 metres
Hmmm... you're right.

So have one titled "Go Go Power Rangers" .... :devil:
and another "Shadow Flashers".... :angel:
:blah: :blah: :blah:
 

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Actually we discussed that in IRC, we suggested having Darren to fire off his flash while we set our speedlights as slaves, then our flash will fire together with his. Kewl eh? Then we'll tie togu at the merlion there and get him to pose as Darren fires LOL.

CS best gathering :)
 

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OK maybe try this…

we get two hundred (each with a speedlite) and two members,

the two hundred members with speedlite line up in two straight rows, and fire their flash in sequence, ala the provost rifle display.

and the remaining two members stretch out a big banner saying "Welcome ET". :think: :think: :think:

ps: camera body, tripods, and other accessories STRICTLY DISALLOWED :bsmilie:
 

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Hmmm.... I tot the idea is to be and remain anonymous, but how anonymous can you be when the identity & strength of this photographic community is already known. Very easily implicated, perhaps would work better if the stage at esplanade amphitheatre is set for a syncronous display of choreographed 'flashing' :(
 

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Obzervr said:
Hmmm.... I tot the idea is to be and remain anonymous, but how anonymous can you be when the identity & strength of this photographic community is already known. Very easily implicated, perhaps would work better if the stage at esplanade amphitheatre is set for a syncronous display of choreographed 'flashing' :(
heh....maybe put up a banner with a disclaimer "We're not from ClubSNAP" fine printed near the bottom??.... :bsmilie: ...heh
 

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togu said:
Let's sit outside centrepoint and eat BCM together.

PS. Bring your own BCM
lol. :bsmilie: That one too common lar.

I second the group flash idea...but got to think of some innovative way to pull it off....heheh. ;p
 

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AdamGoi said:
Are you thinking of what I'm thinking?

Maybe it's time for Clubsnap to cook something up! :D

Any ideas? :angel:
HI Adam, I like the idea. Lets meet up in one place and take random photo for 1 minute then all disperse. :)

Its weird but fun to try! How about this weekend
 

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