Reflecting on a bygone era

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Madam Sophia Lim, 60, is tending to a customer at her salon at 3.34pm. Stepping into Jit Sin Beauty Salon - with its old-school posters and rusty mirrors - is like travelling back in time. Old-style businesses like these are facing hard times with the advent of quick and convenient services priced at $10 for a 10-minute haircut.

Located along Lorong 25a Geylang, Madam Lim's shop was opened in 1967 by her elder sister. Originally from Johor Baru, Madam Lim joined her sister in Singapore when she was 16 years old, and has been in the hairdressing business for 40 years. She now runs the shop alone and serves mostly regular customers.

This photograph was shot using the Leica M10 digital rangefinder camera with the Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2.0 ASPH. lens.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2017, with the headline 'Reflecting on a bygone era'. Print Edition | Subscribe