On my visit to Cambodia with the youth volunteers of Rakan Muda in 2006, I spent time in 2 villages, Kampung Kandal and Kampung Thom. During my stay in Thom, the volunteers were busy building a community center. There were kids running all over the place, hugely fascinated by these foreigners in their midst.
It was as if I was afraid and hesitant to have human contact today and instead of going in close and get really connected, I hesitated and kept my distanc
Sometimes I get to take pictures of very interesting characters. These 3 friends were just sitting down in the KLCC Park. I went up to them and asked them if I could take their picture. They didn’t say no (and they didn’t say yes either). They just looked at me with this look. One of them completely turned away from me and wouldn’t look at me. Was it a signal to go away?
Today was a good day for my street portraits and I am getting less inhibited in approaching people. My next approach would be persuading people to get in the right lighting instead of just capturing the portrait where they are sat….
A pasar malam (night markets) is a kind of bazaar food, clothes and ornaments usually held once a week at any location. The the traders there would often rotate from pasar malam sites all over the particular locality.
One of the biggest change in the way I take pictures when I bought My Leica M8.2 was how easy it was to carry around. Gone are the days when I had to struggle with a zoom lens and another one in my backpack. I now carry a small cloth shoulder bag with some tiny M lenses and an extra battery. Not having equipment get in the way is like a breath of fresh air.
I like going back to images taken I’m the past and applying knowledge of new processing technique. I took about 7 pictures of this girl on Cambodia in 2006 and I never really paid much attention to this image. There’s a kind of moodiness to her. A sense of longing.
I always thought the Leica ‘glow’ was a lot of nonsense but I take it all back. There is a kind of glow to the images I take with my M8.2. It’s not in all the images but when it’s there, it’s beautiful.
There are more ‘happier pictures’ that I took in Cambodia during that period but they are less memorable to me. What does it say about me?
‘What’s the ideal camera for you? It’s the one you already have.