A trip to the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.
Here is the first of my review the Gulf Photo Plus 2014. For me it was almost like a pilgrimage because I’ve read so much about it from David Hobby’s blog. David was instrumental in getting me back into photography after a fifteen years absence. He had nothing but praises for GPP and honestly, it was everything it advertised to be and more.
The orang laut (literally sea people in the Malay language) are nomadic tribes who live all around the east coast of Borneo, straddling the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Some fare better than others. Some have gone ashore and assimilated into land-life. But this group that I met have no nationality, thus for better or worse, have to live at sea their whole lives, either on boats, or on stilt houses around small islands. No running water, no electricity.
Sometimes the photographs where you try the hardest just doesn’t work. Sometimes, the ones that work is surprisingly simple.
Xinen called me the other day. Turns out Hossan Leong is doing a show at the Drama Centre to celebrate his twenty years in showbiz. He needed a happy jumping pose for the poster and flyer designs. Hossan is a friend, but our friendship was sorely tested by the 50th jump. The poster came out great. But his quads and hamstrings, not so much.
Coincidentally, 20 long years is also how long I’ve been away from photography.
A collection of various portraits and studies.