january, 2018

31jan6:00 am8:30 amEvent OverThaipusam Festival2.5 Hr Photo Walk6:00 am - 8:30 am SST Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, 397 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123Event Type:Photo Walks in SingaporeLevel:Advanced

Event Details

This event surely has to be the highlight of the year for photographers!

Thaipusam is a fascinating, colourful and vibrant festival where Tamil Hindus show their faith by piercing their bodies and carrying heavy burdens on a 4.5km walk from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Little India to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple on Tank Road.

The festival is an absolute feast for the senses and is the perfect opportunity to develop your travel and people photography skills as you get right up close to the devotees during their preparations for the long walk.

  • Individual Feedback on the photos taken during the walk (via online forum)
  • Complimentary Membership to the Karen Lucas Photography Club, an exclusive forum where you can ask questions, find inspiration, get feedback on your photos, and access members-only events and offers.

We’ll start the walk at the rear entrance to the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and we’ll spend most of our time in the outdoor and indoor courtyards of the temple where the preparations take place and where the walks begin.  We’ll finish our walk on Serangoon Road catching the devotees during their long walk. 

The event will be crowded, making it impossible to move together as a group, so after a briefing session when we’ll go through camera settings and creative ideas, you’ll move off in groups of two or as individuals if you prefer.

Karen will be walking around the courtyards to see if you need help and give you 1-to-1 feedback on your photos (that’s if you can tear yourself away from shooting for a minute!).  We’ll meet up at various points during the walk, and then we’ll finish by leaving the temple with the devotees and doing part of the long walk with them.

Devotees prepare for Thaipusam by cleansing themselves through prayer and fasting which starts about 48 days before Thaipusam.  On the day of the festival they’ll shave their heads and undertake a pilgrimage while engaging in various acts of devotion, carrying pots of milk or, more typically, various types of elaborate kavadi. 
The simplest kavadi is a semicircular decorated canopy supported by a wooden rod that is carried on the shoulders, to the temple. Some devotees have a small spear through their tongue, or a spear through the cheeks which reminds the bearer constantly of Lord Murugan and prevents him from speaking and giving great powers of endurance.  Other kavadis are much more elaborate, and are attached to the bearer by metal hooks on long metal chains.
You’ll have amazing opportunities to photograph the devotees and their supporters during their preparations for the long walk. 
Getting close-up with an ultra wide angle lens will reward you with fantastic photos and you’ll also love zooming in with a longer lens to focus on the details of the kavadis, the expressions on devotees and spectators’ faces, and  the ritual elements and offerings.


On this Photo Walk you'll experience the ancient ritual of Thaipusam, getting very close to the devotees during their preparations for long walk.

Tickets are not available for sale any more for this event!

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Bring a friend OR buy more than one Workshop or Walk and you’ll automatically get 10% OFF at checkout.


wed, 31 jan 6:00am - wed, 31 jan 8:30am SST


Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

397 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123


ADVANCED: This event is suitable for those who are already familiar with the basic camera settings and regularly use Aperture Priority Mode

Gear Required

Digital Camera + Standard Zoom Lens + Your Widest Angle Lens

Group Size

Maximum 4 participants


Karen Lucaskaren@karenlucasphoto.com

Bad Weather Contingency

This experience is not affected by the weather, we’ll go ahead rain or shine!

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