Marie Dailey

Marie Dailey Uncles and Aunties - MARCEL


In Singapore, and many Asian cultures, it is customary to address men of an older generation as ‘Uncle,’ and women as ‘Auntie.’ This warm expression conveys a sentiment of trust and respect.

This photo series captures the typical Singaporean ‘uncle’ that can be spotted relaxing around the Hawker Centers and HDB public spaces.

This image is entitled Marcel, which is French for the distinctive kind of undershirt the man is wearing. He is photographed in a temple doorway, observing a religious ceremony, cigarette in hand. His demeanor is relaxed, even contemplative.

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