Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Anniversary: How to survive Trick Eye Museum

On Friday, 19th June, it was our Trick Eye Museum's 1 year old celebration. Were you there? Or did we missed each other? 
1 year back, I pretty much missed their opening so it was great this time round I got a chance to join in the fun and experience it for myself.
Grab the Gold Key
I hoped you actually went on the anniversary itself because who every one who visited them that day (valid tickets required) will have a chance to win 1 of the 10 Gold Keys (worth S$300 each) that is locked in the Giant Baby's Cage, the iconic exhibit (which unfortunately I couldn't take any photo with it cos there were so many people crowding around it!)
On top of that, all visitors will also receive a specially designed tote bag that day. Stamps are available for you to personalise them. I have so much Tote Bags already so I didn't try my hand at it. Plus, as you all know, art isn't really my thing. Art museum is a separate issue. But me...attempting to create art pieces, the effect would be disastrous.
Asian Ariel
Since the event is already over, I thought this post apart from wishing Trick Eye Museum a happy happy birthday, I should share some of the tricks on how to actually get decent photos from the time there. I spent about an hour or so there, although it felt I was there for so so long. 
So without further ado, let Asian Ariel share with you some tips on making the most out of your tickets there?
Awkward Shots
1. Good shots come from some discomfort
Sad as it may sound, it is the absolute truth. In some of my photos, I attempted to look graceful, but the photos came out looking pretty ridiculous like I have a twisted body or have contorted limbs. Guess I was more of the trick in the Trick Eye. Half the time, you need to experiment your moves or follow the guides or the people in front of you. If you want to try to be creative, be prepared for some heartbreak or a good laugh as you see yourself morphing into a deformed human. My Mum LOLed her heads off at some of my photos!
Best Actress Award
2. And the Best Actress goes to...
Act like your whole career depends on it. You want the photo to be realistic, don't you? And trust me, it takes a lot of courage, tossing aside any image you possibly have to get into the role. Show fear, grace, horror, love within moments. Single person shots are still alright, but the more people you, the harder it is to get the cast to coordinate. I am unfortunately paired with somebody who doesn't want to be too involved in his role. 'Can you please be more serious not...." screeched a high-pitch irritated young lady. Talk about irony, this is supposed to be entertainment, isn't it? Hahaha.
Alignment Issues
3. Soul Mates in photography
I don't know how my BF can make such angle errors. How can a tight rope be bent!!! Shouldn't the body be at least aligned? The thing about going with guys is that they don't care about such details. This actually make or break the photos. Imagine putting myself all out, acting so hard and the photos come out like Zzzz...It is just frustrating. So go with someone who has the same vision as your and will tell you to make some adjustment when required, cos at the end of the day, it is all about the photos, Yea!
4. The Law of Nature is your worse Nightmare!
Some things can't be helped, like gravity. Great acting but my skirt gave the game away. Of course, it really depends how sharp you are. The BF felt this shot got "nothing wrong what!" But to counter gravity, perhaps you might want to note a few points on dress code. Say no to dresses and skirts. Go for hugging clothes and tube tops. For guys, it really doesn't matter that much. Heels are not preferred. I ran around the place bare-footed. Liberation at its finest.
Happily Ever After
5. Surely you want to take with me?
The problem when you go in pairs or alone, who is going to help you with the photos? I suggest group dates if you are more introverted. You can of course always ask strangers for assistance. But if you are opting for this route, don't go during the off-peak. Remember those days where people were complaining about the queues and others getting in their photos, having nobody conveniently around is a lot worse. This is definitely not a place you can take selfies. 
Just Keep Taking
6. will get what you are here for
Last but not least, the perfect time to exhibit perseverance. If you don't stop taking, you are bound to get that display picture shoot. Shoot a hundred arrows, at least one will hit bullseye ba? Also, don't restrict yourself to iconic exhibitions. Just because, other people look good in it, doesn't mean you would. Take it, Try it, Keep Taking, Keep Trying, pretty much the best advice I can impart you with.
Lighted Exhibition
It really pays to be a friend of Trick Eye Museum. In future, I hope they will have new exhibitions that make use of light effects. I think that would be really cool. So meanwhile, if you are visiting them, do take note of my tips and tricks. Tell me if they are useful? :) 


  1. Hello ForFunk, thank you for visiting Trick Eye Museum in Singapore and hope you had great time with us. We would like to share some of your photo at TEM in our blog for English speakers ( If it's ok with you, please let us know. Thank you! :)

    1. Your photo will be featured in our blog sometime in this week. So please do check our blog by end of the week. Thank you!