As he crouched on the airport tarmac to snap the shot, Mr Simon Ker felt the aura that accompanied the Pope.
Pope John Paul II, then 66, was on his first visit to Singapore.
The late Pope had a custom of kissing the tarmac upon arrival. It was that moment that Mr Ker, a Straits Times photographer from 1982 to 1988, knew he had to capture.
Now the photo chief at The New Paper, Mr Ker said: “Throughout my career, I have covered other important people, like politicians, but Pope John Paul II stood out.
“You could really feel his presence.”
The photo is being currently showcased at the We: Defining Stories exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.
Presented by The Straits Times and The National Museum of Singapore, the exhibition charts the history of Singapore through the eyes of photographers from The Straits Times.