November

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.

Groningen, November 2017
Groningen, November 2017
November 2017
November 2017
November 2017
November 2017

Street meat

Not for the weak stomach.
Meat delivery in the streets of Kuala Lumpur, early in the morning.

Meat delivery, Kuala Lumpur
Meat delivery, Kuala Lumpur

Yello

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.

Kuala Lumpur, January 2018
Kuala Lumpur, January 2018

Look

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.

National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

Pulling noodles

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.

Fresh noodles are a big thing.

Mee Tarik, IOI City Mall, Kuala Lumpur, January 2018
Mee Tarik, IOI City Mall, Kuala Lumpur, January 2018

Elsa Dorfman

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 (!).

https://www.netflix.com/nl/title/80145699

Motorbike delivery

About to enter LOKL for a “western” breakfast, but first some pictures of this street. A motorbike turns into the street and parks just beside me. The driver jumps off, takes a bag from his bike and disappears inside the restaurant. Only then I examine the bike. Takes pictures and wait for the man to return, hoping to get a more interesting shot, with bike and driver. I fail, the pictures are no good.

This one is ok, I think.

Fully packed transport motorbike in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fully packed transport motorbike in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sikh temple Kampung Bahru

I am allowed in the Sikh temple, in Kampung Bahru. A gurdwara. A man sitting on a bench in front of the temple waves me in. He does not say much. Take off your shoes. And also your socks. We wash our feet. Then take the elevator, one story up. He leads me into the prayer hall. It is quite dark. There is not much to see except for the shrine (sorry can´t find a better word – they don’t call it a shrine). He leads me into the hall and gestures I can look around. Not much decoration. One man is praying, or meditating. I can take a picture. I count on my image stabilization.

Gurdwara - Sikh temple - in Kampung Bahru, Kuala Lumpur
Gurdwara – Sikh temple – in Kampung Bahru, Kuala Lumpur

The national mosque

The National Mosque is open for tourists. Actually, they are very well prepared to accommodate tourists. You queue up for  djellaba after you have taken of your shoes. You will get a purple djellaba, if there as still enough of them. The number of available djellaba’s basically regulates the number of tourists in the mosque. There are only about 30 djellaba’s available. When they are out of stock, you can’t get in and you will have to wait for another tourist to come back and hand in the djellaba. When you have one, you will try to closed in with the sewed-in but warn-off Velcro. Girls put on the hoody.

National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
Tourists in purple djellaba in the National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
Tourists in purple djellaba in the National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

The building is a large pillared square, all white. You walk to the prayer area over the square. If you are no Muslim, you can not enter the praying area. Tourist can watch from the side but not enter.A few people are praying. Standing ventilators blow warm wind through the hall. Workers are busy refreshing the white paint on the outer walls.

Workers at the National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
Workers at the National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

I make a picture of the reflections.

National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

Petaling Street corner

Petaling street is the go-to place in Malaysia for fake stuff. Rolex watches, Nike shoes, Louis Vuitton bags, what have you. Personally I find the place not so interesting. Tourist and merchants do not bring the best in themselves to bear in this place.

A little away from Petaling street is more interesting. These two pictures were made on the street corner of the end of Petaling. I took the picture of the motorcycle, liking the man’s pose. The light went green and traffic started moving. I stood there a bit thoughtless. The bus passed. A Buddhist monk looked me in the face. I smiled, he smiled. He waved. I took a picture.

Motorbike waiting for traffic light at Petaling street, Kuala Lumpur
Motorbike waiting for traffic light at Petaling street, Kuala Lumpur
Buddhist monk waving at me near Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur
Buddhist monk waving at me near Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

Street butchery

If you are early in the street of KL, you can not only watch the Pudu market. Also you find other interesting deliveries taking place to supply the shops and restaurant with the goods for the day or the week.

What I found a few times is the delivery of meat. Meat is delivered in trucks. Open trucks. There’s no western hygiene. The trucks stop in the streets to deliver the products, just-in-time. The meat is fresh, the animals have just been killed,  and is cut in large chucks: legs, shoulder, intestines, but also the heads, everything.

Butchers in the streets of Kuala Lumpur
Butchers in the streets of Kuala Lumpur
Butchers in the streets of Kuala Lumpur
Butchers in the streets of Kuala Lumpur

The butchers and traders were happy for me to take a picture, even to pose. The more interesting picture are obviously when they do not pose.

Two photobooks: Tokyo (Moriyama) and The Street Photographer’s Manual (Gibson)

I bought these two photobooks in Kuala Lumpur. The bookshop Kinokuniya is based in the shopping mall under the Pertronas twin towers is an excellent bookshop with a respectable supply of quality photobooks. Actualy better than what I have seen in the Netherlands in any bookshop.

The first book is The Streetphotographer’s Manual by David Gibson. It is what it says it is: a manual for the street photographer. Gibson has an interesting wide view on what street photography is (not just close-up-Bruce-Gilden-style portraits). He provides interesting guidance and views on how to shoot more creative and interesting street photo’s. The book also includes profiles of well-known but also unexpected photographers: Trent Parke, Erwitt, Elliott, David Salomons, but also our own Caspar Claasen, and Jack Simon.

Tokyo by Moriyama and Street Photographer's Manual by Gibson
Tokyo by Moriyama and Street Photographer’s Manual by Gibson

The second book is Tokyo by Daido Moriyama. This books consists of 2 quite different parts: a color part and a silvery-print black and white part. The black and white part, the second half of the book, is printed with a special technique in which the white of the photos is printed with a silver-like color.

I very much like the color part of the book. I guess many people will detest Moriyama’s pictures of ordinary things. Also here he starts out with a picture of women’s shoes, or rather of the soles of women’s shoes. I find that very entertaining. It’s immediately clear what you can expect from the book. The balck and white part I find less appealing. Too much staring to find out what’s going on. But only the color part is already worth the money.

Treedom in KL

Once you start looking you find interesting tree and bushes growing everywhere.

A series?

Roots of a plant on top of a building finding their way to the ground floor
Tree, Kuala Lumpur
Tree, Kuala Lumpur
Tree, Kuala Lumpur
A hole in the fence for a tree branch in Kuala Lumpur
Tree, Kuala Lumpur
Dining under a large tree in Kuala Lumpur
Plant growing in the rainpipes of a building in Kuala Lumpur
Plant growing through concrete wall in Kuala Lumpur
Tree, Kuala Lumpur
Tree, Kuala Lumpur
Tree, Kuala Lumpur

Massive reconstruction works at former Pudu prison, KL

Massive reconstructions going on after the former Prison Gate in KL. I made a couple of pictures trying to capture the size of the work. (It was a day with strange overcast weather. (My camera, Lightroom and me struggling with this light…)

January 14, 2018, Kuala Lumpur. Works at former Pudu jail.
January 14, 2018, Kuala Lumpur. Works at former Pudu jail.
January 14, 2018, Kuala Lumpur. Works at former Pudu jail.

Pudu Market

Visited Pudu market in Kuala Lumpur (business trip – only photo-tourist in the weekends).

Great place. People can’t stop smiling and making gestures at the camera… So what.

Reflections

There might be a series in these types of pictures of reflections. Here in Egmond aan Zee, my go-to “streetphotography” place.