Street Performers – Motionless in Bukit Bintang

Street Performers

I love walking around in Bukit Bintang area in Kuala Lumpur. There’s always something interesting to see and to photograph. I went there last week armed with my camera and came across this street performer. He was covered in silver paint and sat there motionless for more than an hour at a time. People would stand (or sit) next to him, put their hands on his shoulder in all manners of poses but he just sits there.

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Sunny…..

Sunny Day

Sometimes I try to imagine what life will be like without the sun and then realise that there will be no life without the sun. As a photographer, we learn traditionally that taking a picture in the mid afternoon sun presents us with lots of problems. But me being me likes to throw tradition and convention out the window. I like this image. Have to break more rules……

Canon EOS 3
50mm f/1.8
Ilford Delta 100 EI 100 Perceptol 1+3 11 mins 24 deg

Thaipusam 2009 at Batu Caves

Thaipusam 2009
A devotee suspended on hooks attached to the skin of his back

I went to watch the Thaipusam celebrations at Batu Caves yesterday. What an experience. Batu Caves is the location of the world’s largest shrine to the Hindu God, Lord Muruga. The place is normally a quite place but for 3 days of the year, it is a scene where 1.2 million Hindu devotees would congregate.

Many devotees would have spent the previous 40 days adhering to a strict vegetarian diet and engaged in meditation and prayer in preparation to take part in the Thaipusam procession while chanting ‘vel-vel’ as they walk the procession route. Other followers view Thaipusam simply as a day for thanksgiving, or for the atonement of the sins of the past year.

Batu Caves
Batu caves on a normal day

Thaipusam 2009
Batu Caves during the Thaipusam celebrations

Cleansed of all worldly comforts and pleasures by 40 days of abstinence, they carry a kavadi (the simplest way to explain kavadi is that it’s a sort of mini temple to the gods) up the 272 steps at the entrance to the Batu Caves and place him inside the temple within, which is dedicated to the Lord Muruga.

The devotees often have needles piercing all over their body. In some of these pictures, you can clearly see the skin being pulled taut.

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Save Palestine Graffiti

The mood of the day- Graffiti on Palestinian Situation

Its interesting to monitor this wall. I have not got a clue when they do the painting and am tempted to keep watch so I can take pictures of the artists. Its a good indication of what the people’s current sentiment and focus are. You can catch this wall at the temporary open air car park in Bukit Bintang…

Graffiti at Bukit Bintang....

Bukit Bintang Graffiti

Canon EOS 3
Ilford Delta 100 EI 400
D76 1+3 20 mins @ 24 deg c
Scanned in Canoscan 8800F

Horses and Holgas…….

 Guard Horse

I took my Holga out for a spin the other day. One of the things about using the Holga is that you need to throw everything out the window and just press the shutter. You’ll get a picture but whether its a picture you want is a completely different matter. I find this image to be beautifully captured by the Holga. The heavy vignette just adds to the mood. This was taken in broad daylight wit the sun at its bestest bright….

Lucky 100 SHD EI 400 D-76 1+3 22 mins @ 24 deg c

Another raging sky

Another raging sky

Well. I finally got a batch of Ilford Delta 100 (50 rolls to be precise) and am now trying to get the hang of it. I am still trying to get the best combination for developing purposes. Ilford ID-11 is great value for money but I’ve read that Ilford Perceptol gives better results in terms of grain and sharpness.

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Featured Portraits – Danic

Portraits - Danic

Sometimes the best portraits I have taken are the ones which had the least preparation, the least amount of thought and the least amount of expectations.

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In the woods

In the woods

Leica M6 TTL
50mm Summicron f/2.0

This came from an extremely under developed film. I scanned it and push levels up in CS3. Although the image quality leaves much to be desired, it still retains my original vision when I took the shoot. 2 people walking in the woods. Pity about the developing. Sigh…

Believe it or not this is in KLCC Park.

Lamp posts

The Highway-2

I took these series of images from the car whilst driving back home. A bit precarious I know. All I did was to set the camera on aperture f/8 and focussed at the hyperfocal distance. Using the sunny 16 rule, I set the shutter at 1/250 (2 stops over the 1/100 at ISO 100 and giving 1 stop back for the cloud overcast). Hoping that the windscreen wasn’t shown I simply aimed in front of me and clicked.

The Highway

Maybe a tad over exposed as there are no details on the sky but i think it works here. I love the way the lamps on the lamp posts is still visible.