This was shot last night, in extremely crowded conditions in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown area. Petaling Street comes alive every evening as a thriving shopping district with an amazing character of its own.
There is colour, noise, the hubbub of instant commerce (and bargaining) and there is very little room to manoeuvre. Halfway through one narrow alleyway, these two young women walked past me. I was immediately drawn by the challenge of trying to capture the colour of their head scarves in the hustle and bustle and despite the very low light in the hot, humid night.
Apart from the challenge of composing a meaningful yet mysterious shot, I had to bear in mind two other crucial factors. In the cramped conditions, I had to try and avoid anyone else intruding into the frame. And, to protect the identity of these two young strangers, I had to shoot at a time when they were looking away from me and their features could not be identified in any way.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F5.6, 1/8 sec, ISO 800, focal length 125mm.
Featured in CANDID PHOTOGRAPHY, January 2010.
Featured in BITS AND PIECES, January 2010.