Something seems amiss here, wrote Luc when I posted this picture first, I am talking about the underlying aggresion that is present. The guy reaching for her backpack being held back by the older gentleman.
And Luc was right. That was the reason for the shot.
A saw a new context when I made the picture. From a totally innocent reality.
Chinese Buddhist temple in Kuala Lumpur. A man waved me in. when I walked by. The temple, in a small alley, was filled with smoke of burning paper. I asked if I could take pictures but there was no one that could answer that question. And nobody that objected. In a room on the side people were having there paper inscripted.
Assembling the November 2017 edition of my experimental “mini” photobook. I found a couple of images I like now, but totally dismissed during the initial pass in November. Good to go back now and then and re-examine all pictures.
My Pavlov reaction to this yellow wall: wait for something to happen. Something to contrast the yellow wall, or somthing to complement its yellowness. I did not even have to wait that long before I saw this man crossing the road towards the house. Unfortunately not too far behind him was his friend, catching up. I just got enough room for this picture.
Painters are refreshing the white interior of the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. On the scaffolding they have built inside they are fooling around a bit. Look, I hear. I see this arm coming out, interrupting the rigid pattern of the white wall elements. He still holds his paint scraper while pointing.
There’s Teh Tarik – pulled tea – Malaysia’s national drink. That is a sweet tea with milk, poured into the cup from as high as possible. And there is Mee Tarik – pulled noodle. To create these noodles, the dough is pulled and folded many times, before being cut. The pulling is done by one specialist, the cutting by another.
I stumbled upon the Elsie Dorfman documentary on Netflix. Great film about a strange, self-directed lady that totally went her own way in photography. Elsie Dorfman had specialised in portraits. Portraits made with the largest Polaroid camera that ever existed: 20 x 24 inch (!).