It was one uneventful public holiday in Malaysia which I stumbled upon an Indian ritual of coconut smashing which I have never heard of before. Growing up in Kuching, East Malaysia (Borneo) where Indians are the minority there, I was not very well versed or exposed to their culture and tradition. Hence it was quite an interesting sight for me, for the first time, witnessing an interesting ritual of coconuts being smashed just outside a Hindu temple at Petaling Street. Joining me this session was Kenyrl Loke.
I did some digging, and this was no doubt a practice done in conjunction with the coming Thaipusam (Sunday 27h January 2013). This is the beauty of living in Malaysia, we have multi-cultural background, hence photography opportunities never run scarce.
All images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital 50mm F2 macro lens.
I must admit I was not doing my best in this shooting session, mainly because I was shooting blind. I did not even know (at that time) what I was shooting !! I did not understand the ritual, or what the procedure and steps were. Not knowing anything was very hard to focus my camera on the subject matter. There was a story to tell, and I did not even know what the story was.
Nevertheless, I just shot as I wanted to. Sometimes it did not matter if your shot did not turn out to be that international award winning worthy kind of photograph, just immerse yourself in that moment, and make the camera work. I was glad I chanced upon this ritual, my understanding and knowledge about Hinduism has been expanded and I appreciated their beautiful and vibrant tradition.
Oh and... I almost forgot how sharp that Olympus 50mm F2 macro is.
Thaipusam is coming. Anyone shooting?