Category Archives: Photo Essay

PHOTO ESSAY: MIGRANT WORKERS – DAY OFF

Anywhere is a good place for a nap for these migrant workers. At almost every corners and back alleys of Little India on a weekend afternoon, you will find these migrant workers occupying a spot for a rest or just to hang out with friends.

* Prelude: This was a project I did last year documenting the day off of Indian and Bangladeshi migrant workers in Singapore. All the pictures were shot last year (in 2010) in and around Little India area. Recently, I decided to review them again and put it together in this blog with editorials included. I […]

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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: A DAY IN ISTANBUL (SERIES 2 – MONOCHROME)

Along one of the many small alleys off Istiklal pedestrian street

This second series is a continuation from the earlier post of “STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: A DAY IN ISTANBUL (SERIES 1)“. Do check out the earlier post if you have not visited it yet. Over here, you will find some more street photographs I have taken in Istanbul, in particular at Taksim Square. I have decided to […]

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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: A DAY IN ISTANBUL (SERIES 1)

Nostalgic tram along Istiklal pedestrian street (off Taksim Square)

Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city, and also its cultural and financial centre. It is the nation’s largest city, and the fifth largest city-proper in the world. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. At anytime of […]

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PHOTO ESSAY – FACES OF THE KATHMANDU PORTERS

Portrait of a porter in Thamel

It has been more than 3 months now since I returned from my Nepal trip (in March ’11), but I still frequently dig into my Kathmandu photo folders to savor the great experience I had during the 2 weeks spent there. One of the things that still buried deeply in my mind and made me […]

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ACTION AND MOVEMENT: BOUDHANATH – THE LITTLE TIBET

A Tibetan Monk praying in front of the Boudhanath Stupa

A trip to Nepal is never complete without a visit to Boudhanath, located approximately four miles from the capital city, Kathmandu. The main attraction is none other than the Boudhanath Temple, or the famous Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa found in Nepal, and also the holiest of all […]

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FACES OF SADHUS AND THE PASHUPATINATH

Managed to capture this sadhu in bright orange and yellow when I was about to leave Pashupatinath. I love his expression and those huge eyes. Has great "soul" within.

Situated approximately 5 km north-east of Kathmandu is the magnificent temple of Lord Pashupatinath amidst many other temples on the right bank of the river Bagmati (which eventually meet the Ganges in India). The Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu (established in the 17th century). Along the shores of the Bagmati river near the temple lies […]

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FACES AND PORTRAITS FROM AN OUTSKIRT VILLAGE, NEPAL

Capturing Movement: A Newari lady along the corridor of her doorway spinning woolen yarn. It is a very common sight at the Khokana village where spinning woolen yarn is very popular.

Towards the end of my stay in Kathmandu, the thought of visiting the country-side of Nepal came as a refreshing idea. Having seen so much of the legendary shrines, historic Dubar Squares, temples, stupas, statues, and all the ancient architecture in and around the city of Kathmandu,  a visit to a native village on the […]

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SWAYAMBHUNATH – THE MONKEY TEMPLE OF KATHMANDU

The Buddha's Eye at the Swayambhunath Stupa

The Swayambhunath Stupa is a legendary Buddhist shrine that sits on a hill top of the Kathmandu’s valley. If you are having any problem with the pronunciation or remembering the name “Swayambhunath”, try telling any locals that you want to visit the “Monkey Temple” and they will know what you are talking about. The Swayambhunath Stupa […]

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PATAN CITY OF NEPAL – CITY OF FINE ARTS

Capturing Colour: A local Nepalese man plying the streets and alleys of Patan City with his bicycle loaded with crane stools for sale.

Some 8km south of central Kathmandu, situated on a plateau across the Bagmati river is a lovely little city called Lalitpur – the city of fine arts. The city is more commonly known as Patan. It took me about half an hour by car from Kathmandu Valley. It was not exactly the kind of city […]

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A DAY IN KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, NEPAL

Sunset at Kathmandu Durbar Square

Most of the cultural centres of Nepal are concentrated around the Kathmandu Valley. Among them, the Hanuman-dhoka Durbar Square is one of the most significant one. This site is also the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal. The whole complex is more commonly known as the Kathmandu Durbar Square. I had a chance to visit […]

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WANDERING THE THAMEL IN KATHMANDU, NEPAL

Streets of Thamel in the morning, Kathmandu

Having spent over more than a week soaking in the crowded and colourful sights of Old Delhi and Varanasi in India, I made my way up North across to Kathmandu, the capital of the Republic of Nepal. On the afternoon of my arrival, I was told that Thamel is a very popular tourist destination and one […]

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SARNATH – A BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE

Malagandha Kuti Vihar Temple - Sarnath

Located about 13 km north-east of Varanasi, the holy city of India, lies another holy town – Sarnath. Sarnath is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage place and it is a deer park where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after he attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. The emperor  Ashoka erected a stupa in Sarnath when he […]

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STREETS OF OLD DELHI, INDIA

Need a ear digging service? No problem in Old Delhi.

The city of Delhi can be quite misleading. The name Delhi is often used to include urban areas near the National Capital Territory, as well as to refer to the better known New Delhi, capital of India. New Delhi, was created by the British and is the center for government and more modern mercantile activities. It is an […]

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FACES OF SPICE MARKET, OLD DELHI

Laborers taking a break on sacks

In the Indian metropolis of Delhi, where the fast-paced and chaotic streets of the city mobbed with all manner of traffic, horns honking at the slightest delay, filled with clouds of smoke and exhaust, we visited the largest spice market in all of Asia, the bustling Khari Baoli bazaar. Set in the bustling, crowded area of the […]

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A VILLAGE ON THE OUTSKIRT OF VARANASI, INDIA

Local village house

Having posted a number of articles on Varanasi, River Ganges and the Ghats (see my earlier posts), I decided to move on to a village on the outskirt of town. This village is called Rameshwar Village, approximately 15km northwest of Varanasi. Having tasted quite a fair bit of the town, riverbanks, burning of the dead and […]

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DOCUMENTARY – STREETS OF VARANASI, INDIA

Mother and Son with their makeshift home

Varanasi, once known as Benares or Banaras and Kashi (which comes from the Kashia tribe, who first settled some 3,000 years ago), is a historical city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Northern India. Varanasi is among the most historic cities of India, and also among the oldest continuously inhabited human settlements in the world. Varanasi is a […]

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A CHANCE AT VARANASI TRAIN STATION, INDIA

Sad Lady

Having spent over a week in Varanasi, India, I wanted to tell more of India’s story in pictures through some of its unique places filled with characters. I decided to spend some time in the Varanasi Railway Station. The station is also known as Varanasi Junction or the Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station, serving the city in the […]

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LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY – AARTI CEREMONY IN VARANASI, INDIA

Wishing Candles Floating

Prelude: The Aarti Ceremony at the Ganga Ghats in Varanasi offers me an excellent opportunity to document the event in very low-light condition. The lighting condition was also difficult as there were a lot of bright orange spot lights all over the Ghats. I shot the ceremony without any flash during my two evenings at […]

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LIFE BY THE GHATS OF GANGA

Ghats Landscape

Varanasi’s riverfront is dominated by its Ghats. “Ghat” refers to a series of steps leading down to a water body, usually a holy river. In this case, it is none other than the holy River Ganges. The Ghats of Ganga at Varanasi are perhaps the holiest spots among all. I was told that there are close to 100 […]

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RIVER GANGES – THE RIVER THAT NEVER SLEEPS

Red Boat

Stretching a length of 1,560 miles, River Ganges (Hindus called it Ganga) is the second largest river on the Indian subcontinent by discharge. The source of the river comes from the Himalayas, at Gaumakh in the southern Himalayas on the Indian side of the Tibetan border. On any given day, you will find scores of Hindus stepping into the sacred […]

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