When I heard the news, I did not exactly know how to feel. For many years now, I have spent so many hours camping, and strolling around these streets in Chow Kit, inside and around the main old market building area. So many wonderful shots, so many friendly faces and smiles, so many beautiful moments, now all that's left, are nothing but memories. I do feel sad, because I do not think there will be a place like Chow Kit else where in the world, this is truly a unique location, and strangely, it has defined the look and feel of many of my photographs I have displayed here in this blog. 80% of the close up strangers portraits that have become my favourites came from Chow Kit. The beautiful, diffused yet directional light in a relaxed, easy-going environment made it an ideal place for street portraits, and people in Chow Kit are just the friendliest of all KL streets. It is impossible not to be able to make good street portraits here.
With mixed emotions, I picked up the Olympus PEN E-P5 and the M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 lens, and just walked casually around last Sunday, and shot a few images. Nothing specific I wanted to accomplish this round, just taking my time, in a way, to say goodbye to this place.
I don't think this blog will ever be the same if I have never found Chow Kit in the first place!
A Deserted Market
Portrait of a Stranger
Look at the amazing lighting!
Waiting Area but No Parking
Ok this shot was not at Chow Kit, but a train station, but I quite like this one.
E-P5, and the 25mm F1.8 lens. Fisheye 8mm F1.8 was in the bag, just in case but I did not use it this time.
Sometimes, we think that the streets and the shooting locations are always there and we can come back to them whenever we please. Then one day we wake up and find out that nothing lasts and good things always come to an end, usually sooner than expected.
Don't waste any moment, pick up the camera, go out and make that shot happen!