Pardon the hilarity but Melbourne Shopping Malls have officious mall guards that try to stop any photo taking for notional privacy reasons - that doesn't happen in Kuala Lumpur. Over the years, the general middle class (if there is such a thing), has moved away from the tropical hot and humid street scenes to the aircond cool, cleaner shopping malls so mall life has become real life. That means a large part of what we call street photography - moments of human interaction and quirks is at the shopping mall.
A bunch of shots given the Single Frame Cinematic Treatment courtesy of DxO Filmpack.
It's been a topic of conversation on how digital photos and movies have that antiseptic, unfeeling, lack of empathy with the scene. Which is why true film shooters keep wanting to shoot film. I've been walking around this "lived in" set of shophouses and I have shot film and digital at such scenes in previous years - they've come out meh - either the capture wasn't right on sharpness, depth of field or mood. This set attempts to envelope this visit's shots in a film like mood in terms of organic colouration, tonal feel. No, I'm not going to add fake Grain, JJ Abrams Star Trek Flare, Light Leaks, horrendous Vignettes. Not just yet.
Mother looks on, behind me as I mess around, shooting the pendulum of the grandfather clock. Time passes in a different way as I come to keep company with her for three weeks every year. She varies between lucid conversation and repetitive patterns. She's progressively lost interest in the world around her and anxiously awaits homage from anyone she can call upon. Once in a while, there is a breakthrough though as we sit together, facing the same way
Something old, Something New This is a part of #PetalingJaya that is being re-invented and in transition. The venerable Cold Storage building (who remembers that name anymore) housed several memorable shops and then there was the double row of shops outside, with this public carpark. The building has been demolished and a new one is taking its place, the shops look dilapidated but the IT Mall is of interest to me. Up market premium establishments are now across the road in Jaya 33 and sister building.
From top of the carpark one can see the layers of different buildings of different eras.
I don't know where this post went. I guess it's the iconic frangipani. Sweet, seductive ladies, the old fashioned way, in white floral summer frocks, white open toed shoes. Waft of perfume on the light breeze. All that.
I chanced upon Brandon's Humans of New York recently through an FB video/ad - he's doing awesome work in #streetphotography - his additional ingredient is he interviews the people he portraits and writes the interaction in the post. Enjoy
I think, these were the common lilys that were planted on small town traffic roundabouts so ubiquitously when I was a kid. Mum used to call them "flowers from cowpats" (roughly translated) - I don't know why she called them that. This #Simplify treatment reminds me some long forgotten style of painting #tamanBotani
It's amazing how in many countries, we're so dependent on our automobiles. You sit there, in a queue, waiting for the brake lights of the car in front to extinguish, you sit there, staring at the traffic cameras at the toll gates. Then you take the precious little things home and keep them safe behind metal gates in case they, uh, run away.
What do you need for a life? This is from a block of flats on the side of the Silk Highway in Selangor, Malaysia. The Astro dish is ubiquitous - although this is a paid commercial service unlike the free-to-air national TV stations, it's often a must. Someone has an air-conditioned place for rent (it's humid and hot otherwise). Guess you need some curtains, more to filter the daylight than to block motorists looking in?
Dang! Don't you just get frustrated with an old brain? I thought I had left my trio set of 46mm diameter of single element close up dioptres in Melbourne and brought the wrong 37mm diameter ones, so was shooting flowers and plants from way too far back. Guess what? I did bring them but some oppurtunities have passed. Ditto with bringing some filter adapter rings to mount ND filter on my lens but kept leaving them in the house...... Pfftt.....
The wood / weatherboard nature of the construction and the dilapidation shows years of lived life. Who knows what or who has stepped through its doors and looked out its windows. It must be still inhabited - there is Astro satellite TV mounted above the porch.
I've known Kuan since our Uni days - coincidentally when we were in our first years of work, we were in the same company. I moved to Oz, he didn't. The past few years, when I visit Malaysia, he's made the effort to bring me out from the urban, concrete jungle to the softer green areas, out of air conditioning to the natural heat and humidity. I like that, quite a few others prefer to chill in the airconditioning and synthesised environments of the shopping mall.
Yesterday, Kuan and Ooi Leng, his wife wanted to sight some Palas Palms (he plans on growing a few) so off we went to the Botanical Gardens in Putra Jaya, the federal administrative centre of Malaysia.
We found some shade and I asked them to sit for me.
For many, it's Valentine's Day. It's also Chap Goh Meh for the Chinese. I was down in Sungei Wang Plaza for something else but here, I've paid homage to the Den of Computer Parts, Phones, Cameras and other electronic Miscellania. Thanks old friend +Ronnie Tan.
By the time I had started working life, shopping malls and skyscrapers were dominating the #KualaLumpur scene. Concrete, cars and petrol fumes were stamping their prescence where formerly humans walked. New shot but not that new a scene. #monochrome#blackandwhitephotography
I have old memories of Malaysia - often my shots were with modest equipment when I was in school. Kuala Lumpur has changed a lot, modernised, westernised in the areas where the middle class and the tourists now frequent. But reality still lurks, in the old streets. This is a new photo but for me, the feel is timeless and the symbols classic. #streetphotography#monochrome#blackandwhitephotography
I guess everything's big and tall when you're small and I thought the trees were tall and the fruit big - many were roadside or hillside and we could have a fun time spotting for them and harvesting them from wild or other people's overhanging branches. With the urbanisation of Malaysia, this activity is I suppose for those kids in the smaller towns and villages. This photo is of the dwarf variety, easily grown in the small gardens of the urban folk. I like the fruit just as is, raw but of course, you find it now, pickled, juiced, dipped into rojak sauce and so on.
The Glen Waverley #ChineseNewYear2014 was different from the other sites - in fact, the way Melbourne CNY festivals are organised, each suburb and organising committee has the freedom to do their own style. On a day of Extreme Fire Danger, the Dragon and Lion Dancing was quite subdued (for the time I had a look). There were the tradtional stage performances of different cultural troupes and heaps of families with young children, eating in Kingsway.
A family friend was saying that the Melbourne Chinese New Year season coincides with really hot summer days. She prefers the more sedate and cooler aidconditioning at home. I figure, following the dancers is the most I can do to appreciate the work and effort that many of these members of associations and volunteers put in. #ChineseNewYear2014
Well, it's out of the window but the outside is burred :)
I was fascinated by the fly mesh - the focus is on that (no Single AF Point on this camera, in fact, it epitomises the idea of Point and Shoot - I've even shot it blind for flower close up in bright light low down on the ground when you can't sight the optical viewfinder (yes, it has an OVF) nor can you see the LCD clearly.
The solar toy is slightly blurred - it was in motion of course and focus distance would be too close but having it blurred directs your eye towards the mesh - the mesh is typical of old houses and that summery feel.
Then I thought I would slap on a border, and the drop shadow seems to emphasise the cobwebs in the bottom right corner (yes, I know, I've got to make an effort to clean that out, not in Photoshop, the real cobwebs).....