Monday, June 9, 2014

What makes Black American music so great pt1.

My late grandpa used to show off his turntable by playing loudly to the tune of American, British and local musics. The sound can be heard to 4 or 5 houses away left and right. Those were the days before videos kill the radio. We were fed to the music of Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder to Anita Sarawak. The days before heavy metals were unheard off, before techno. Lyrics were simple, easy to understand and chorus always in the middle. I was a little boy then but I was sure of one thing, my love for black American songs. The Supreme were goddess of music, Michael was beyond entertainer, Quincy Jones gave us the beat and Stevie....the blind artist, his music was so enlightenning. Let me tell you about Stevie.... Stevie Wonder was born in May 13, 1950, as Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan . He has been blind since shortly after birth. A child prodigy, he has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century. Wonder began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica, drums and bass. Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of eleven and continues to perform and record for Motown as of the early 2010s. Among Wonder's works are singles such as "Superstition", "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You". and albums such as Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. He has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and received twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist, and has sold over 100 million albums and singles, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists. Today, Wonder is an inspirational to all, young and old, a handicapped that does more than he can give.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Lagenda Dato Dol Said

That was the theatre title I went tonight despite of bad health (fever). The story is a part of Malaysian history and telling of how a small district called Naning (now Alor Gajah) adjacent to Malacca and Negeri Sembilan (Rembau) refused to surrender into British Imperialism (1773-1849). The first battle in 1831 was won by Dato Dol Said, unfortunately in 1832 Naning was lost to the British. The first lost of the British was a total embarrassment as a super colonialist British fails to dominate a small but unified Malay district. The whole production was too ‘quiet’ in my observation, the characters were using monologue all the way to the end which i find too hard to digest for a war epic like this. Although Ungku Haris performance was an eye opener, him playing all of the characters including Dol Said’s wife is something out of ordinary, only Eddie Murphy in Nutty Professor can survives successfully every characters in a movie still with the help of Janet Jackson. Most of the time the stage is too empty except when the British Soldiers and the Nanings were fighting. I guess, the mood was assisted by good music score. Theatrical effect wasn't a big budget ‘Puteri Gunung Ledang’ but an attempt to fly ala kung fu movie was there. Lighting can be improved as it was passive lighting during the whole show, lack of colors to heightened the mood. The smog machine shouldnt be used too liberal especially in unnecesary scenes. I find some of the script repetitious and failing to carry any emotional weight. The story telling was so flat that suspence and cliffhanger was non existence. Overall, the show was a good one and thank you for giving me a refreshing history lesson tonight.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Amateur but a great friend/brother.

Posing casually

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The catwalk - runaway

Designer - NorArfah Batik and Naini Kifli
Models - my models for that day.
Photographer - myself

Batik by Norarfah.

Muslimah theme by Naini Kifli.

Our catwalk team can be booked..

Thursday, April 28, 2011


What is portraiture? Before taking photography seriously, I never would have used this word. And even during the time when I was photographing professionally, I would have only said that I shoot people. Maybe it was simply because portraiture demanded more from the photographer and I wasn’t going to be pinned to the term. Or maybe because the glamour photography that I was doing was not what I considered to be portraiture. I never categorized my work to such detail. I was shooting human and I was interested in form, texture, and of how light fell onto the body and face.

For me, the face, if it was to be in the photograph, must be natural, and the expression had to come from the heart, not the head. It makes a lot of difference in the end and I can see through an image for what it is, and for what it’s not. I think now, after shooting as much as I have on the face and body, I have a better idea of what the word portraiture is about, and it has to do with a realm of photography that I find very challenging, yet exciting. It is not easy, but for some reason, I find it very natural.

Every person I photograph is different in how I approach a shoot. Some need time and a great deal of patience. And others, I just need a moment or two. Photographing the essence of a person requires trust and vulnerability. Trust because this person who holds the camera up to you might be then asking you to take do something, or photograph a side of you that you might not consider flattering, or maybe it’s because I am asking you to be yourself, and many people, haven’t a clue as to who they are. And vulnerability because there has to be something there fragile in that giving of one’s self the scrutiny of the camera, to the person on the other side, may it be me, or you. Vulnerability is a desired trait in the shooting session, as only then, that we can get inside the person.

But what if we have a photograph whereby the model looks directly into the lens, with intent, with conviction in his or her eyes? I believe we then move onto portraiture, whereby the individual character or persona becomes a part of the photography. This is where I feel my photography becomes very interesting, because the photography is both about the acceptance of the individual for who he/she is, for their inner being, and for what their body is. There is no detachment or separation of the body/persona connection. What I particular find engaging is if the person I am shooting will allow their ‘self’ to be what it is, and if their facial expression is at complete ease with the photographer. The eyes, again, are the tell-tale sign of that acceptance. A third element that fascinates me even more is when there is a feeling of vulnerability in your subject/model’s eyes. Vulnerability because the model has offered him or herself to you, and to their audience. They have bared of their self for you, to enter their private world. This is the kind of portraiture that excites me. It is not about control on my part, but on the models’.

Photography style

Many people ask if they can come to my photography sessions to learn, to see what I do. And how is that I can capture the human body the way I do. Frankly, I don’t do much, except set up the lighting and shoot. I pretty well leave most of the work to the model. I let the model decide what they want to project to me. Tell me what you want to say! And I’ll try to photograph it.

What most people then don’t have a clue about, is in editing and deciding what to do with the photographs after a shoot. I have told my students to take many photographs of whoever it is, and decide later when editing, what is a good photograph, or a bad one.

Forget about the photo-shop manipulation. Just pick out the ones that strike your eye as good. We have a thing called a computer and software that makes it all so easy for us. Then go back and re-edit!

When I find a photograph I really like, the image will speak to me. What it says is nothing about how I photographed the work, or what I did to make that image look right. It transcends description of how the light falls so ever gently onto a person’s face, or of how the posing was so good and that the model great. When a photograph is ‘right’, there are no words to describe the process or behavior of elements that make up for what it is. All too often we have to justify why an image is good. The only reason we need to say so it to prove or validate ourselves (or others). And we need to qualify our own needs for who we are as long as the photo satisfies a part of my intellectual, emotional and spiritual psyche. I hope you see some of that I share.

Of course, I am talking about photographs that are meant for personal usage, when you have control over what you think looks good, and you have to please no one else. Only then, will you have developed a ‘style’ to what you do. Not everyone will agree or like what you do, but be open to honest, good criticism.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Well Aaron is a friend...I dont represent him as he has his own agency...this is the pic I shot of him.

The person behind the lense
The personality in facebook - just as human

Malaysian Models
The group in facebook.

The page in facebook

The other photos

email -

Behind the scene

part 4


The person