Just about a few days ago while I saw a fellow Malaysian photographer, Ming Thein posted on his blog about his photography work being exhibited in Leica Store Starhill Gallery, Malaysia, and there would be an opening reception earlier this evening. I thought to myself it was a great way to start the weekend, by immersing myself with some amazing photography work done by Ming Thein in prints, and mingling with some like-minded photographers here locally. Ronnie and his lovely wife, Carolyn joined me and attended the opening reception earlier this evening !
If you have not heard of Ming Thein, you are surely missing out a huge part of the online photography community. Much like myself, Ming also diligently reviews new photography gear, but he is not just restricted to Olympus. Unlike myself presenting my reviews from a perspective of an ordinary photography enthusiast, Ming Thein shares his opinion from a professional photographer's point of view. I strongly admire his macro photography work, especially his work with watches where he employs various techniques such as composite image (focus stacking) and setup of multiple wireless flash units for advanced lighting control. He has an international audience and he conducts photography workshops as well. Recently, he was the chief judge of the prestigious Maybank Photography Awards.
Do visit him if you have not at his blog here (click).
The man himself, Ming Thein.
The title of the exhibition is Diametric opposites: East and West, where Ming Thein presented his photography work in two different parts - first series of images being taken in the span of four years, from various locations during his time in Europe, while the second series of images were being shot within one hour during last year's Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves. The first series of Europe images were shown in black and white, while the Thaipusam series were all in full, glorious rich color. It was the contrast and contradiction between the two series that added drama to the overall presentation.
I spotted some really awe-worthy images by Ming Thein in the exhibition, and my only complain was those images were printed too small, the print size did not do justice to convey the "grandness" of the photographs that they deserve.
The exhibition runs from 18th January till 18th February, so if you are in KL, do check it out at Leica Store Starhill Gallery !!
It is a Leica event after all. And I was shamelessly shooting with my Sony.
Food and Drinks
For some reasons they just stopped talking and looked at me.
Albert (a strong Sony user, spotted with an A99) and Raja Indra Putra
Ming Thein, together with the two friends I came to the event with, Carol and Ronnie
To Ming Thein, congratulations man !! It was enjoyable seeing those amazing work of yours being printed and exhibited. Also keep up the great work in maintaining your blog and making it such a great place to visit. Your photography and writing are truly inspiration to many everywhere, and I am proud to have known you.