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An Intense Spiritual Experience

Create: 07/19/2017 - 09:54
St Anne's Church

The Saint Anne's Feast is a very unique cultural experience. Although it is a Catholic event, you are likely to see Hindus, Taoists, Buddhists, Protestants, atheists, Vietnamese and people of various faith or non faith from Penang attending. I asked them and many said it was about receiving blessings and also they like to be immersed in the spiritual side of the rituals. On another year, I saw a Muslim girl in tudung who stood out and I asked her too. She said she was the Chief Minister's photographer and was there early to snap her boss's arrival.

Pretty and Petite

Create: 07/17/2017 - 00:56
Pretty and Petite

I met these two strangers at St Anne's church in Bukit Mertajam in 2004, I think. I wrote in a blog post captions as reproduced below. Fortunately, I always send by mail for Instagram posting and over the years, every post was archived in Gmail, including the attached pics.

The Manila Cathedral

Create: 04/27/2017 - 14:27
The Manila Cathedral

 I walked around the building for inspirations.

See here for over 1000 hotels in Manila.

Saw a big puddle of rainwater and waited for church goers to come by. I captured their reflections and that of the church in the water.

Included part of their feet to screw with the viewer's mind. I then inverted (vertically flipped ) the picture. In theory, you can also hold the camera upside down.

Multi Faith And JB

Create: 02/19/2017 - 12:31
Multi Faith And JB

Three years ago I caught the sending off or launch procession for the Chingay Festival from the temple in town to the prayer site off town. The JB Taoist procession passed near the very old Catholic church.

I positioned myself and waited for the juxtaposition of icons from the two different faiths. The annual event took place this morning. There was another religious harmony factor involved which I found out when I visited the church a few days later.

Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 5

Create: 12/17/2016 - 21:17
Methodist Church Mantin

This time, a Methodist church, also on the main road. Photography Tip: Since the floor is not level, I turned on framing guidelines under settings. It allowed me to keep the verticals and horizontals aligned.This saved much time that may be required to fix crooked framing later.

Asus Zenfone 3, ISO 50, f2 , 1/1100 sec.

#streetphototography #mantin #village #hakka #urbex #methodist #church #christmas #documentary #kampunghakka #asus

Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 3

Create: 12/17/2016 - 14:54
Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 3

I am attracted to old architecture. Many Catholic churches from the turn of the century incorporate neo-Gothic design with tall spires and ample windows and vents for an airy interior.

Asus Zenfone 3, ISO 50, f2 , 1/1100 sec.

Where is Kampung Hakka Mantin? Map and directions at MyCen Maps: http://www.mycen.my/kampung-hakka-mantin/

#streetphototography #mantin #village #hakka #urbex #abandoned #dilapidated #documentary #church #windows #architecture

Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 2

Create: 12/17/2016 - 14:16
Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 2

Unexpected difficulty was trimming the exposure to control the highlights and judging via the phone screen under bright sun.

Asus Zenfone 3, ISO 50, f2 , 1/1250 sec.

#streetphototography #mantin #village #hakka #urbex #abandoned #dilapidated #documentary #hibiscus #flowers

Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 1

Create: 12/17/2016 - 13:30
St Aloysius Church in Mantin

Kampung Hakka is located directly opposite the church I first photographed in 2003. And thus began a new, unplanned,documentary series photographed exclusively with the Asus Zenfone. Along the way, I'll also discuss the merits and challenges of using a phone camera solely for such a task.

Asus Zenfone 3, ISO 53, f2 , 1/3400 sec.

Where is Kampung Hakka Mantin? Map and directions at MyCen Maps: http://www.mycen.my/kampung-hakka-mantin/

#mantin #village #hakka #urbex #abandoned #dilapidated #documentary #church