February 2012 Archives

The tale of the Petaling Street chestnut

There are many things Petaling Street here in Kuala Lumpur is famous for. Knockoff hand bags and belts, pirated DVDs, fruits of every kind, foods of every kind. And then there is the venerable chestnut stall. Shiny brown chestnuts heaped in high mounds, waiting for their turn to be roasted. Then, of course, is the roaster itself. Spinning and spinning, slowly making the chestnut such a wonderfully tasty treat. The very best nuts crumble and melt in the mouth at the first bite, like gorgeously rich textured butter. Only at Petaling Street.

Chestnuts

Spinning chestnuts

Shazlina Suffian

It's just easy to take photos of some people; what makes a person "photogenic" is hard to define, but for me it's a propensity for the photos of this person to be pleasing, easy to view and moving. In this particular shot of my colleague and good friend, there is a delicate quality in the light that mixes well with her features, creating a soft "halo" effect. A halo, how apt.

Shazlina Suffian

A beautiful lady in a hijjab

Part 3 of 3, Maybank Awards Night 2012

Maybankers came to the awards night dressed in their best, especially the ladies, some of whom look like they spent several hours on their setup. Makeup, clothes, the little little details that make beauty an art. 

A lady

The serenade of Anuar Zain

Part 2 of 3, Maybank Awards Night 2012

Last year, the Maybank Awards Night saw Faizal Tahir as the main act. This year, Anuar Zain took to the stage to the delight of crowd. He belted out a good set of songs, including his hits, "Sedetik Lebih" and "Ketulusan Hati". The crowd was very appreciative. Besides his vocal ability, what endeared him to the audience was his natural ease and self-confidence. Equally at ease in control of every corner of the stage, or a simply sitting at the top of the steps, or coming within feet of his adoring fans, he just oozed charm and charisma. We were eating out of his hands, like warm, mushy putty.

Anuar Zain, Incomparable

Adibah Noor, MC extraordinaire

Part 1 of 3, Maybank Awards Night 2012

For the 3rd year in a row, the affable Adibah Noor was the Master of Ceremonies. I think what makes her so good is her ability to build an instant rapport with the crowd, even with people who are seeing her for the first time, even for people who have seen her many times before. Fresh, able to remain constantly relevant -- that's a God-given talent, uncommonly delightful.

Adibah Noor, MC extraordinaire

Colourful cacti

Lest somebody say that the Volume of Interactions is devoid of colour. :) Allow me to present you with Caryophyllales!

Cacti

Learning expressions

I believe that the brain is a computer. It receives and processes and stores data in a similar way a computer does. I've heard that a bunch of scientists somewhere are trying to invent a computer that recreates the manner in which a brain works exactly. But unlike humans, computers do not have expressions or faces. Yet.

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Geartalk: Soft and dreamy

While a corner to corner photo in razor sharp focus has it's appeal, the distinctively soft, creamy and dreamy bokeh you can find in shots like the one here of Mia can be fantastically attractive as well. Just focus on the eyes, snap and let the physics of light and depth of field work their magic. Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm f1.4, with only available light.

Mia Eryna

My sun, the moon and the stars

I've spent the last 10 minutes looking at this blank screen trying to describe the way this photo makes me feel. Every time i start a sentence i hardly get 10 words down before i delete it all and start over, on a different tack. It's made me realize that it's really difficult to describe the truest form of love -- the type that you have for your child. I'm going to stop trying now, and let this picture speak for me instead. Love you, son.

Rayyan Harris

Behind bars

Children are not yet conditioned to hide their emotions. When they are hungry, they will cry. When they have poop in their pants, they will cry. When they fall down and scrape their knees, they will cry. Adults take this minor irritants on the chin with stoic expression. Even when they are dropped behind a set of bars.

Behind bars

Rabbit Mac

I'm reminded of those T-Shirts that say, "I went to Hawaii and all i got was this T-Shirt". That's exactly how i feel. I spent 3 hours last night, shooting photographs at the Malaysian Social Media Week 2012 concert, and all i got was this photo. It's not that the lighting was bad, or the subjects difficult. For some reason, i was just not feeling the mojo, and when that happens, nothing does. If you get my meaning. At least, the music was good.

Rabbit Mac

Architectural shadows

Spotlights are incredible sources of light, not because they are so bright, but because they can be directed, they can be controlled, and you can have many of them at the same time. Cross the beams, across solid objects, and magic happens.

Shadows

Amir Faiz

The cousin (?) of an ex-boss, there is something distinctively pleasing about his face; there is symmetry there. A hint of playfulness in the smile, and the rugged assumption of a thin, stubbly beard. Intelligent eyes, and if feng shui is to be believed, a rather prominently rounded nose that indicates a "wealthy river" in this man's present or future.

Amir Faiz

Brother and sister

There is a lovely symmetry evident when a brother and sister stand next to each other. It's hard to explain, exactly. More a feeling, that they belong together, are together, joined by the relationship of blood. 

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Geartalk: iPhone 4S super-awesome

Convergence occurs when many elements combine to make a whole that is greater than it's parts. In technology terms, it means making less do more, combining the function of several gadgets into a single item that does everything that the individual items do, and in some cases, does it even better. Such is the cases with the iPhone 4S, and it's amazing camera.

Granite

The Pianist

I've always had a thing for elegant hands. And just as the eyes are the soul of the face, so are the fingers to the hands. Some professions sculpt hands into works of art. Or is it the other way around where some hands sculpt their professions? One such art is the art of music, playing the piano in particular. The graceful flow of fingers over ivory notes, bringing out majesty, emotion and power. Yes, indeed. Does art make elegance, or does elegance make the art?

The Pianist

Insecticide

Part 3 of 3, Cameron Highlands, 2012

Visiting the BOH Tea Farm at Cameron Highlands was an inspiring experience. Hundreds of acres, stretching across rolling hills as far as the eye could see. Tea tea tea. To keep things humming along, were an army of Indian workers. The ones i met were about to start their daily chore of spraying insecticide on the tea. They were happy, laughing and talking amongst themselves in a carefree manner. Carefully mixing the chemicals for their task, it was obvious they took pride in their task.

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Raju's Strawberry Farm

Part 2 of 3, Cameron Highlands, 2012

Sitting atop a hill along the windy road just after Brinchang, is Raju's Strawberry Farm. It's been run for years by a man, named Raju (obviously), and sprawls across several acres, over slopping hill tops. The strawberries were still young and green when i visited, but already quite plump in size. Raju himself runs the store, which was busy that day. Customers formed a long line to buy his famous strawberries. Sour sweet, large blood red diamonds, some the size of your fist. He generally spreads fresh whipped cream over them, topped with raw honey before serving. Simply divine.

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Ayam golek madu

Part 1 of 3, Cameron Highlands, 2012

The night air was cool, almost frostily so. It felt like a cold spring day in Sydney Harbour. But, this was Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. 2000m above sea level. What do you do when you're cold and hungry? Ayam golek madu, honeyed slow roasted chicken, is the answer! Sold at the night market, Brinchang. The one meal where you can get warm just waiting for it to be cooked.

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The burden

Part 3 of 3, Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Otherwise known as the kavadi. No photoset of Thaipusam is complete without a photo of a devotee with his kavadi, his burden. His offering in exchange for the granting of his prayers to the Lord Murugan. Heavy and unwieldy as they may be, they seem as light as a feather for the devout. No pain, no blood, no distance too far to carry. 

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Busy chaos

Part 2 of 3, Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This photo almost got pushed into the reject bin, but it grew on me the more times i looked at it. So many problems with the composition -- the haunting stare of the little girl is too far away, it's way too busy with too many points of interest, the foreground and background don't seem well defined. Where does this photo "begin"? Then i started looking into it with context, the setting, the people, the chaos caused by both and common interactivity between them with the rubbish all over. The juxtaposition of the human fallout and the sobriety of the religious event.

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Entering a trance

Part 1 of 3, Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur, 2012

The expressions on the faces of devotees who bear the kavadi during the festival change rapidly during the day. From anger, to tears, to sadness, to happiness, to crazed eye bulging explosions. The burden of the kavadi, the pain, the incessant drum beats, the smoking of raw cigars -- it puts them into a trance.

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Indian plantation worker

Visited the BOH Cameronian tea plantation today. Quite a fantastic setup. For as far as the eye can see in every direction are rolling hills of tea. And to keep things humming along is a literal army of Indian workers. From the harvesters, to the factory workers, to the ladies manning the tea shop.

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