SPACES/ URBAN HERITAGE • MAR 2017
My search for a fresh new perspective on the growing set of urban architectural photography has finally pushed me now to unfamiliar grounds. The fear of heights proved to be no deterrance in turning me into a pilot of the cute little yet powerful flying machine we call the Mavic Pro. With drone photography came videography as well since stills alone are no justive to the grand view from above. And so the past month proved to be a month of new learnings and experiences. And I'm looking forward to experiencing the city in a new light.
URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2016
I may still be hanging out in Chinatown once in awhile but that's mostly for cafe-hopping nowadays, so it's nice to once again bring my gears along for another round of street photography, this time in the company of a fellow photography enthusiast by the name of Ivan.
Heartpatrick's cuti-cuti Malaysia kicks off in Year 2016 with a drop-in to my favourite Malaysian town for an ex-colleague's wedding. Still charming as ever, and the discovery of newly opened homestays and other f&b establishments mean more reasons to be back, hopefully soon.
One of the most vivid experience of a recent short weekend getaway to Ipoh was the discovery of Waller Courts, a collection of low-cost flats built in the 1960s of which remaining residents are mostly a handful of senior folks still quietly going about their daily lives. If you have an old folk waiting for you somewhere, it's time to go home.
The ongoing visit to this charming town has resulted in the need to do a set 2, focusing mainly on the visit to Sekeping Victoria, and the famous wall murals, of course.
After all the exploring and camwhoring overseas, finally here comes a travel album right from our beloved homeland. Penang has always been held close to my heart, with its vintage collecton of old shophouses and an excellent line-up of mouth-watering hawker fare round just about every corner. For a photographer who's into the old-school charms and quaint neighbourhoods, I guess I can never go wrong with Georgetown. :)
It's so fun to be able to shoot in bright sunlight again, with no constant drizzle and moody skies like those from central Vietnam or The Hague to worry about.
Raub wasn't as old and weary as I have expected it to be, but like any other small towns, it's got its fair share of stories to tell and people's lives to document down. And I'm glad to have done that in the good company of my fellow photo gang.
Having just been with me for one proper shoot, the Canon 10-22mm UWA now replaces the Tamron 17-50mm as my all-time favourite lens with its interesting rendition of perspective that definitely helped to dramatise my little Raub tale. :">
From a weekend in JB during a recent wed AD coverage comes this little collection of urban shots of this forgotten jewel, the southern most tip of the asian continent, though most people refers to this city as the backyard of Singapore. Well it's not without its charms definitely, and oh the food! I didn't know JB packs such a gastronomical experience. At least that was a pleasant surprise. :)
Doing a groupie walkabout shoot in my beloved city with my fellow photog friends, that's an overdue activity that I have set aside for far too long.So it's nice to finally be able to pick up the darn camera and chuck all my models aside so I can concentrate on capturing the spirit of our urban life.
817pm is the first album in this series, and what better place to start this off than our charming Petaling Street on a busy Friday night.
The shots shown here are done entirely on a Sigma 50mm f1.4. Also participating in this shoot are Steven Goh, Gene Kok, Peter, Josh Chua, and Miaow Miaow
What better way to celebrate our National day than to publish another set of photos from the urban heritage series, this time from Brickfields. Recent redevelopment activities, coupled with the bustling KL Sentral hub has unfortunately stripped this neighbourhood of alot of its charms, but it was nevertheless a fun experience with fellow photokakis. :)
URBAN HERITAGE • DEC 2016
The U-shaped 17-storey tall pkns flat in Kerinchi may have graced the neighbourhood skyline for the last four decades, yet it now stand like a dwarf among its other spanking new neighbours, oblivious, or perhaps defiant to the wave of rapid urban development that is bringing vast changes to Kerinchi. I've been wanting to explore this place for the longest time, so am glad that I finally found time during a stretch of holidays to tease some memories out from the charming structure.
URBAN HERITAGE • OCT 2016
Pulau Ketam's glory days as a major fishing village hub may be fading, but beyond its piers lies a collection of colourful houses that are quite the attraction themselves. Was invited here for a weekend getaway to document the charming urban story in conjunction with the upcoming Art Festival. So I shall let the photos speak for themselves then.
URBAN HERITAGE • APR 2016
I'm a city boy at heart. The bustle of the urban jungle excites me, its various dizzying interplay of architectural elements and their inhabitants sprawled out like a treasure throve of pleasant discoveries, keeping my wandering mind entertained.
Follow me as I explore the various neighbourhoods around the Klang Valley region in this ongoing series of images that hopefully will let you see the city in a completely new light.
URBAN HERITAGE • JUL 2015
As the fading trades lose in limelight to new hipster cafes, chic homestays and other artsy establishments, the revival of the Jonker neighbourhood marches on as I start a second set on one of my favourite Malaysian cities.
And the infatuation continues.
I'm increasingly interested to consider this charming town as the place to retire in. :">
The Taiping experience is not complete without a visit to its charming lake district.
Often over-shadowed by her big sister, Bukit Mertajam may not come with a UNESNO heritage site tag, but the folks leading their everyday life here are just as genuine, and the experience just as fulfilling.
Seremban is not your usual weekend getaway, but in the company of fellow buddies, anywhere can be a location for some great camwhore session. :">
The state of Selangor brings about images of hectic city living, swanky modern neighbourhoods, squeaky new malls, and the likes of urban developments. Yet just a little venture off the beatan highways brings us to sleepy little towns where charming chinese coffee shops, rusty mechanic outlets and old indian barbers still thrive. This is a collection of photos from our recent exploration into these quaint towns forgotten by the wave of modernity.
If you're into photography, don't just wait for the next flight out to warm your cameras up. Go embark on a heart-warming discovery that is just a short drive away from KL, and discover for yourself this warm bunch of sweet oldtown folks that are always willing to stop, smile and pose for you, and share a little joke or story, or two.
The momentum has gathered among the photog kakis for our urban walkabout shoot, so this weekend finds ourselves among the last minute Raya shoppers at the bustling Jalan TAR areas. Absolutely enjoyed myself soaking in the festive moods and the antics of happy people. :)
And as with most of my recent travel album, it won't be complete without a collection of fun portrait photos of my camwhoring travel buddies. :)
Here's an album that celebrates the invigorated senses I feel everytime I drop by the KLPac and Sentul Park area, what more after a refreshing downpour on a peaceful evening.
URBAN HERITAGE • AUG 2016
Kampar's revival from a sleepy ex tin-mining town to its current thriving self is definitely a tale envied by many. The setting up of TAR College in 2003 and subsequently UTAR brought with it a fresh breath of development and buzz driven by the growing undergrads population. This short weekend getaway was mainly to capture some family snapshots for a cousin whose daughter attended the convocation at the university. I took the chance of course to explore the old town area as well, of which highlights included the old bus station and apartment complex nearby.
URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2016
As I continue my venture away from the touristy path, the exploration of the charming island opens up new possibilities as I put on my urban explorer hat to go deep into Penang's set of low-cost apartments. And for those who dare to take the ascent, the high floors of these easily accessible housing units also hold a rather sweet reward - the most gorgeous seaview best admired during the golden hours of sunset.
URBAN HERITAGE • JUN 2016
After having spent a few hurried weekends here and there and then leaving the city each time with a heavy heart that I had once again only scratched the surface of its true potential, it's truly a blessing to have the opporturnity of spending one full week in my favourite heritage town of Malaysia.
It was definitely time well spent, to be able to slowly uncover, digest and document its every charming nook and cranny, perhaps a new-found peculiarity here and there, or to strike off that cafe on my ever-growing list of must-see, just allowing myself to fall in love all over again with Georgetown, I simply couldn't have asked for more.
URBAN HERITAGE • MAY 2016
Due to the lack of proper planning in my previous few trips, I was consistently out of luck for catching Sekinchan during its most beautiful season, so this trip was carefully planned to time with the golden harvest, of which sights certainly did not disappoint. The pleasant discovery of a new charming homestay called Farm Ville added to the surreal experience that Selangor is capable of this magical trip despite the place being just roughly an hour's drive from the city center.
This marvellously muhibbah market is the perfect place for beginners to practise their street photography skills.
One day very soon, any visit to Ipoh will not be complete without checking in to Sekeping Kong Heng, this absolutely charming little retreat nestled in a quiet corner of the bustling oldtown center.
I hold a dear place in my heart for the heritage area of Jonker Street and its surrounding neighbourhood. This collection of beautifully preserved houses and its fading trades are a marvel for the lenses no matter how many times I come here. It's my first urban heritage playground outside of Kuala Lumpur, and has been the backdrop of a few prewedding portraits that I have done in recent years.
The sleepy town of Sungai Lembing hums with the constant reverie of a distant past, one dominated by the tin-mining activities many decades ago. As the last of the miners rolled out of town, live goes on for the remaining folks, amidst shophouses that are now permanently shut, automobiles left to rust and houses that crumble into piles of rubble.
Yet there is a certain nostalgia in the air that just refuses to be shut off. It swirls with the little whirlwind of dusty leaves in the deserted roads, accompanies bored-looking seniors whose main activity includes sitting around the front of their ever-welcoming homes waiting for time to past, and it tickles the handful of kids who call the stream and the main street their playgrounds.
And so the story of this quaint little town lives on.
Another return to the colourful chinatown of Kuala Lumpur with my favourite photo gang. Shot to death, indeed, yet I still manage to find a fresh perspective to document down on every visit, be it a portrait shoot or a walkabout journalistic one. Petaling Street never disappoints. :)
Continuing my recent's infatuation to explore, uncover and document charming urban stories from different Malaysian cities and towns, the journey in December 2010 brought me to Muar, a place well-known for its hawker delights such as otak-otak and "or-jian" and decades-old shophouses.
From the Heartpatrick's urban heritage series comes this second collection of snapshots, this time right from the clutter of the Pudu wet market on buzzing Sunday morning.
Gosh if you need to practise your photography skills, you can't go wrong here! Not only are the vendors friendly, they're truly not camera-shy at all! Don't be surprised if you find some dying to pose for you (even though you don't want them to), and striking conversations with you to find out more about your shoot.Heck I even got to distribute all my namecards to the folks.
God bless all you kind people. :)