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.
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.
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.
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…
Army engineers taking a rest after their bridge building efforts. Heroes of the day for me.
Leica M6 TTL
50mm f/2.0 Summicron
Fujicolour Pro 400H
50mm Summicron f/2.0 at f/2.0
Fujicolour Pro 400H
I went on walkabout today and went to Central Market hoping to see some unique characters. You can see a lot of artists here who make a living doing streetside portraits. This is one of them.
Men On Guard at KLCC Horses On Guard at KLCC The Olympic Flag Spectators watching the event China’s flag in KLCC Rain can’t stop me Malaysia was given the honour of receiving the Olympic Torch in conjunction of the coming Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. It poured and poured and poured with rain and I …
I took this image during my 2008 Tour of India’s ‘Triangle’ of New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. This one was taken at Jama Masjid in New Delhi. It was mid-afternoon and the sunlight was very nicely diffused making it perfect for these kind of images. The challenge in getting these kind of images is to …
This man was kind enough to let me take pictures of him while he was hanging out. I like his expression and wished I had taken more….. Canon 1D Mark III EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L at 70mm f/2.8 1/60th ISO 200 Aperture Priority
After over a month of coming back from Cambodia, I have had a chance to reflect on the photography and the images I took. Well over 5000 pictures were taken and I believe I have a few real keepers that stands out. This is one of them. Taken with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS …
Bukit Bintang is one of the commercial districts of Kuala Lumpur. Being one of the oldest shopping centres, it is smack in the middle of Kuala Lumpur and is one of the must go area for tourists. Every weekend, a group of people will congregate in one of the corners and play the didgeridoo. I’ve …