As a professional news and agency photographer my travels take me far and wide through out the world, but I must say Penang is still my personal favourite travel destination. There’s something magical about Penang that keeps me coming back time and time again. As a destination for photography, Penang is second to none when it comes to photo opportunities; there are cultural, religious and best of all food diversity that makes Penang a photographer’s paradise.
If I had to choose one aspect of Penang that I like taking photographs of I must say it is the people of Penang. Since Penang Island is a concentration of cultural and religious diversity it brings out an intense flavour of rich colours, rituals and tradition a photographer longs for.
Georgetown is the epicentre of Penang, this is where I first start off to shoot not only the lifestyle of the city but its soul. I walk around first to get familiar with the surrounding environment and then I pick and choose my subject matter to encompass a story. It’s the people I try to grab first as they are the centre of each ritual or cultural tradition. So by using my selected lens I can concentrate on their soul to compose my story.
Since everything is within almost walking distance it’s no problem to walk over to little India where you feel almost like you are in India. With all the hustle and bustle of little India you could get confused on where to start taking your shots. But if you sit in one place, then the photos will come to you. All you have to do is choose the lens you want to use and shoot away.
So, the next time you want a photo outing take a short trip to Penang and be mesmerised by the sights, sounds and smell of Asia in one small island.