Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Photo Workshop : Paris In The Fall

Weekend Street and Architectural Photography : October 2 - 4, 2009

Photographing Paris in the autumnal light is magical. Avoiding the cliche images, we take you roaming the back streets of Montmartre to the abundant and colourful street markets, elegant passages and austere city jardins, the grandeur architecture of Paris calls out to be photographed. Bookings accepted now.

This workshop is for photographers wishing to hone their street-photography, adopt new visual styles in architectural studies and low-light photography..and of course, sampling Parisian cuisine!

For more information, itinerary and costs, please click here

Monday, April 27, 2009

Open window to the future

After 10 days of intensive assignments, slide show reviews and talks, with 4 nights spent in the relative 'comfort' of the Nanga Sumpa longhouse and meeting its 28 families, we emerged from the heat and bug infested jungle of Batang Ai into the civility of the Kuching Hilton to debrief and unwind (hot showers!). Our host, Philip of Borneo Adventure prepared a sumptious dinner at his home for the group, after which we had a slideshow presentation of the Top 100 images of the week from each participant. (Look here )

Our pilot workshop closed with farewells from the lobby of the Hilton this morning, only to return with a bigger workshop program for 2009/10 with some exciting venues being this space!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


The annual Arts For Grabs weekend is round again at The Annexe Gallery, and since the KL Photoawards 2009 is exhibiting the finalists for from the 7 - 23 May, I am organising the following events. For registration, send me an email at :

Saturday & Sunday, 9th & 10th May : 2 - 3 pm


Gallery Talk Session 1/2 & Review of portrait images 2/2

Steven Lee attempts to define what contemporary photography for portraiture is, and will walk through the 46 finalists of the first KL Photoawards 2009 on show at The Annexe Gallery. He will present tips and techniques for the photographer and explain concept, planning and execution of a portrait session. Participants will have 24 hours to plan and photograph a portrait session of their friends or family, and return the next day to show, discuss and receive feedback of their newly photographed portraits.

Steven Lee is an award winning freelance photographer based in the UK, noted for his photo-documentary books Outside Looking In : Kuala Lumpur and Malaysians. He runs, which involves
travel photography, publishing, exhibition, photography education and workshops dedicated to the personal advancement of photographic objectives for all enthusiasts. He is the initiator of the first KL Photoawards 2009 for contemporary portraiture.


Sunday, 10th May : 5 - 7 pm


Have you ever been afraid of photographing strangers? What equipment should you use? How do you maintain distance and yet obtain great street images? Learn techniques and tips on how to shoot effectively and safely in the street directly with Jimin Lai, ex AFP and REUTERS photographer. Jimin will take a small group onto the streets of Kuala Lumpur to capture scenes and people up close. He will demonstrate composition, angle and approach on how to photograph striking images. Limited spaces available : Register early

Jimin Lai is an international freelance photojournalist, a speaker, trainer, and a Mac user. He was formerly Chief Photographer in KL for Agence France-Presse, Senior Staff Photographer for The Star daily newspaper, and Stringer for REUTERS. He is most sought after for his photography workshops and corporate work.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


10-Day Malaysian Borneo photography tour and workshop : Group size 12

slphotoworks and Andy Craggs World Photography are jointly hosting a specialist travel photo-workshop to develop and enhance your photography skills, focusing on personal portfolio development, with one-to-one mentoring.

We will be exploring the historical city of Kuching and its environs, visit open-air markets, travel up river by open longboat to settle in a jungle lodge, and live with the Iban inhabitants of the Nanga Sumpa longhouse. There will be ample opportunity for experimentation: photographing busy markets, people and faces, city centre, colonial architecture, ethnic activities, jungle landscapes and wildlife... further details to come

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Entry 012 : Happy Malaysia Day

Photo © Lim Li Ling

September 16 is Malaysia Day, have a Happy one!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Entry 011 : Progress report

Hi Jo, Li Ling, Roziah and Jerrica,

This is a short post to say that everyone involved in the photography of the Mural has completed the picture taking bit. I owe all a sincere thanks in making the effort to approach this project thoughtfully and as systematically asyou have done. Li Ling and Joanna managed to gain access to the Berjaya Times Square offices overlooking the Pudu Jail to obtain some bird's eye view shots of the entire prison from that angle. I have also contacted an art reviewer Farah Ismail who manages the Aicon Gallery in London who, being Malaysian also, has indicated that she would be happy to write a brief review of the painting in terms of the art and aesthetics of the entire mural.

As for tracking down the original ex-inmate artists, we have had no luck as yet. Once I receive all your images I will begin the layout design.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Entry 010 : Jailbirds in action!

Update 24 July 2008 : To all that are participating in this project, lets complete all picture taking by the July 30th, edit them down and send me a CD of your photos by the first week of August. Email me for postal address. Can?

The Pudu Jail mural project is underway. Li Ling and Jerrica and I met up early on Sunday morning last weekend at Berjaya Times Square's Starbucks and walked to Jalan Pudu/Hang Tuah to begin photographing the mural.

I worked on the 64 panels along Jalan Pudu starting from the far end, whilst Li Ling photographed the walls on Jalan Hang Tuah. Jerrica, using her Canon point'n'shoot photographed the grafitti and stains more closely along that flank and the 'padang' elevation also. All in, we shot for over an hour and a half, amongst the bemused pedestrians and onlookers going to work or shopping at Imbi.

The mural can reveal its layered past when one looks closer into it. I discovered beautiful paintings of birds, streams, rivers, and willow trees, fields and forests, hills and mountains that must have looked breathtaking when the paint was still fresh. No doubt there must have been some 'botch-up' repair work throughout its lifetime of some 30 years or so. These can be clearly seen in the significantly different style of brushstrokes and colours in some sections from the remaining backdrop.

I read somewhere that the inmates often used their fingers to paint the scenes under the watchful eye of the prison warden, and under the hot Malaysian sun for weeks on end during the early 80's. I have yet to track down Mr Khong Yen Chong the inmate who headed the painting. It would be a treat to be able to interview him and get his portrait. Leads anyone?