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As some of you already know, I’m currently in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur to be more specific. On top of that I had the opportunity to go for a shutter therapy session with Robin Wong. He led our small group (among them Jackie Loi) to Chow Kit, where we walked through the wet market and a few streets in the area to do some street photography.

It is a rather fascinating place of contrasts, old and new, dark and light but with so many friendly people. Not only can you find the contrasts in the market itself, but also in the way it interacts with its surroundings. For example the opposing conditions of buildings. While you can find buildings in the front which are somewhat rundown and improvised (still retaining a really unique character), you can see new and shiny buildings in the background. You could say it is sort of a motive you find all around KL, but I particularly noticed it around this area, since it is somewhat more condensed.

We were a little late, so the sun was getting quite hot, but that didn’t stop us from taking our time to wander through the depths of the market, which is well worth exploring.
Even if you don’t want to buy anything, you should consider paying a visit. And if you are a photographer too, you will most certainly enjoy this market even more for it’s manifold subjects and possibilities.

And last but not least, before the pictures begin, I want to thank Robin Wong for letting me borrow the fantastic Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro lens for the day. It is definitely going to be my next lens!

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