I have been receiving a consistent trend of feedback from my Malaysian readers and friends, and they consist of both photography related comments, as well as non-photography related responses. I was told that I have portrayed Malaysian streets and citizens rather... how would I put it... in a depressing and miserable sort of way. With lots of homeless people, beggars, and all sorts of other social issues and difficulties which are rather rampant in this beautiful country of mine. I, as a photographer, do what I can to capture those truths that many chose to ignore. However, Malaysia is still a beautiful country, with beautiful people, and I love it to bits. I have often been requested to shoot at more "urban" streets, at places where people do not look so displeasing!!
I have been exposed to all sorts of weird street photography trends lately, and some of them have made ingress towards my own shooting style unexpectedly. I have also widened my circle of street shooters, sharing and learning from more local photographers, when it comes to shooting. It is interesting to be see, learn and experience the diverse culture and variety of styles being adopted in street photography. It is prudent to always keep an open mind, and explore new things once in a while. I am particularly drawn to a few friends lately, namely Luke Ding and Scott Chung, and they attacked BEAUTIFUL subjects in particular. Of course they shoot the streets like any other street photographers do, but their choice of subjects were beautiful !! It was so refreshing to see their work after going through my own shots (which is full of ugliness on the streets, ok lets not go there), where they showcase the completely different and opposite of what I have been shooting all along.
Since I have been tagging along them for quite a bit recently, I have been intrigued to see what they see, and shoot what they shoot.
All images in this entry were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 lens
I actually enjoyed myself shooting in this session !!
It was a very different experience from my usual shooting. I positioned myself at a few corners, where the busiest human traffic would be in late afternoon, and as the beautiful subjects walked by, whichever that managed to catch my attention (either wearing something attractive or unusual, or anything that is insanely good looking) I would just make the camera click. I opted for 50-200mm lens for the reach. Now please do not start with the oh you must use this lens and must use that lens lecture. This was probably one of the most relaxing shooting session, yet I felt really good at the end of it. It only lasted one hour, and who said street photography is time consuming?
I think the most important for any photographers (new of experienced) would be to keep an OPEN mind. Always push yourself, and when you have the opportunity, try something new. Staying stagnant and be self-content will not get your very far. Are my shots in this entry good shots? I do not think so. It is different from my usual shooting style but hey, change can be good, and willingness to change is another important trait not to be neglected.
I shall make more effort to shoot at more "city like" scenes. More photographs to come.