Wow another week done. The year is going light speed. It’s almost June. The sun sets here in Perth around 5pm which severely limits shooting time. I chose the image above because I like the layering of the foreground and background element by the three bald men. Plus the stories a viewer could make between the three characters in the frame.
As you can imagine I shot alot around bus stops and took the bus quite abit this week for the brief. (I wasn’t very creative with the whole theme)
I’ve definitely gotten more interesting characters I have taken a photo of in the past but you can only take what the universe dishes out to you in the realms of street photography.
Here it is folks. The fish I caught from the week of “shooting”
But sad to say I haven’t really been fishing alot though as I changed my approach lately on these weekly missions. I’ve tried to make photography part of my chores, and daily routine rather than it being the primary goal.
But I think there is something about deliberation and focus. It breeds work ethic, and makes you look and confront the fear that is in street photography, ie photographing strangers. Without focus, my lizard brain was alot louder, giving excuses, fear mongering it was easier to listen to.
What Steven Presfield calls “resistance” won. I am afraid to say, I became lazy and comfortable and nonchalant with what I was doing.
So from Week 20, I’ll be more deliberate, and purposeful with the project. To once again be actively looking for moments, engage with people and be open to the potential no’s and failures in order to get to a worth while image.
I am still playing catch up with my Project 52! I haven’t forgotten just sorting out photos etc.
Anyhow, selections from my unplanned trip to KL. I was suppose to go back to Perth but decided to extend my holiday and join my friend in KL for an extra 5 days. Stayed around Bukit Bintang so there were quite alot of malls/shopping centres around. I believe they call it the “Golden Triangle”
I am not a fan of malls, very sterile environment catered to consumption. I did go check them out though as my friend wanted to shop abit whilst their. I find this a trade off when travelling with other people who have no interest in photography. Luckily I was able to still get some photos in between walking.
Looking at the images from KL, there seems to be a sense of building and progress. Everything seems to be on the up and up.
Construction work all over as well as vendors setting up nightly for the markets at Petaling Jaya aka Chinatown.
I spent abit of tiime at Petaling street. Took lots of frames of people setting up their stalls. Wish I stayed longer to see it operating at night.
Another place which I enjoyed shooting was KLCC park behind the Petronas towers. They have a large kids pool which is a huge potential for street photos. You can achieve alot of layering here. Just need time, patience and of course luck.
Sorry for the sudden absence to those who follow the blog but I have been away on holiday to Saigon and KL over the past 11 days with three my friend’s . I did not have time to post or edit the images from my trip whilst away so the blog got left behind…
I found Saigon exciting and photographically, a gold mine. It took me about a day or two to get used to the amount of data and information Saigon has compared to Perth. But once I got acclimated, I started to shoot 😀
Word of warning about Saigon… There are lots of bikes… and I mean a hell of a lot! They weave in and out of traffic with ease, magically avoiding cars and each other.
I highly recommend getting on the back of one of the Grab or Uber bikes to get around. It cost less than a dollar to get around the City and it is way fun to do.
There is an internal rhythm of the City by the way traffic works in Saigon, it is quite a sight to see.
I could also feel an entrepreneurial spirit from the Vietnamese people. Lots of corner street food stalls, make shift start up joints and people selling small goods on the streets.
One of the things that really blew my mind was that I found no begger on the street. Everyone sold something or provided a service rather than ask for a handout. I could feel a sense of pride and work ethic embedded in the culture.
Being born and raised in the Philippines I couldn’t help but compare the two asian cultures. The Philippines doesn’t have the unity or drive to better one self which I have observed from the Vietnamese. The place is full of corruption, syndicates and crime. (although the Duterte seems to have slained most of the drug dealers) It is filthy and chaotic. I do plan to visit sometime in the end of the year to see family. Doubt the place has improved but photographically it is an interesting place to shoot.
Anyways, back to Vietnam. We mostly stayed in Saigon except for a bus trip to the Cu chi Tunnels where we learnt the brutal history of the Vietnam war. The Vietcong were an innovative bunch, brilliant engineers and creative/scary trap makers. Great to see the innovative mindset has been transferred into the creation of new types of Vietnamese food these days 🙂
If you haven’t visited Saigon, get yourself there! We were able to get return tickets for about $210 aud flying with air asia. Absolutely ridiculous. Already looking forward to doing it again next year but with less partying and more photographing.
Finally my justification or little blurb about the featured image. I chose the image as felt it evoked a dark undertone, which I see as a reference to the Vietnam War. Although the City I have visited is now bustling and full of life, historically there has been alot of death, destruction and displacement of the Saigonese when the American’s lost the war. Lots of people from Saigon who supported the allies fleed and ended up in America, Australia and other countries, most not being able to track or see the families they have left behind. Just a sad reminder no one really wins a war.
Top pick for my 09/52 last week for the theme soft. I really like the driver and passenger’s annoyed/angry expression in contrast to the soft afternoon light. Other explorations and images below. Amazing what “soft” light can do to an image. It gets addictive shooting in soft light. I am going to miss it once winter comes and the days get shorter.