Merry Christmas to all

Merry Christmas
Trafalgar Square, London 2016
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In the woods

Spent Christmas morning walking in the local woods nearby. It was the warmest Christmas Day on record possibly, with a balmy 14c.

Merry Crimbo!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

With a little over a week till Christmas, and soon 2016 comes to an end,  I look forward to another awesome year ahead to new projects, new friends and more personal photography projects.

Coming straight up, in February – KLPA2017 will be launched with a brand new and exciting theme. In May, we will hosting the first ever Photography Symposium Asia in Kuala Lumpur, promising a great line up of presenters and focusing on Education and Opportunities.

2017, also sees the second phase of the Two Mountains Photo Project taking shape. Six photographers from Japan and Malaysia have been commissioned to photograph stories surrounding the mythology, socio dynamics and natural aspects of Mount Fuji and Mount Kinabalu.

KL-Ga was also launched this year and we continue with this photoblog for 2017. We have already seen some great single images and stories about the city, as we take on new photographers.

In the pipeline also  – is a personal project centred around the printed image and more details will follow.

Happy Holidays!

Steven

 

Tis’ the Season

_R001372Was surprised by the sight of a totally decked conifer in the middle of this silver birch forest this morning, when walking my mutt. Must have been the Christmas elves’s hard work, although they were no where to be seen, or heard.

So This Is Christmas, in Malaysia

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I came away from the Mid Valley mall, one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia, located in Kuala Lumpur, with some photographs in the video. Being the second last weekend before Christmas Day, the shops were teeming with shoppers, look-seers, families, locals and tourists alike. As usual, the central atrium is richly decorated with giant conifers adorned with all Christmassy trimmings, flashy lights, fake snow, icicles, silver globes and golden bells. This year, there are two log and stone cabins built on the set to attract visitors, and I think they do look pretty realistic, compared to yesteryears, where these were usually painted scenes on flat plywood and styrofoam. Today, set designs have improved by leaps and bounds, the renderings authentic, and the animals are, at last, to scale with everything else.

I guess for kids, these sights can be a bewilderment and awe, as quite often they recollect similar scenes from fantasy or Hollywood movies watched over the years. No Santa here, sadly.

(PS. Sorry about the cheesy tune)

O Tannenbaum

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!
They are green when summer days are bright,
They are green when winter snow is white.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!

The Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square is an annual gift by the city of Oslo, Norway to London, since 1947,  in gratitude for Britain’s support during the Second World War. I grabbed this photo from my favourite spot on the square, at the western fountain, looking back at the National Gallery on the left, and St Martin’s in the Fields church, partly hidden behind the tree.