Rage Against The Machine

Lithuanian street artist Ernest Zacharevic, who is well known for his wall murals and 3D installations in Penang, is credited with this weird 3D inatallation in Chinatown KL entitled Rage Against The Machine. I said weird because some of the painted children look like ‘Matsallehs’ (or Caucasians).

Although I have read about it previously, I was lucky to stumble upon the self-commissioned artwork by chance today. I had no idea of its exact location before this.

Another weird thing is the choice of location as it is at a private car park. Cars were parked in front of the cutout yellow school bus making photography and appreciation difficult.

The brilliant light or weather this morning made the rough texture of the brick wall stand out and it contrasted nicely with the blue pinafore uniforms worn by our schoolgirls. I would never think about vandalisng the school bus that transported me though. Am I weird?

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f11, 1/1600 sec

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Bang Ka Lee Is Not The Punjabi Baby Adopted By The Lee Family

Nice of them to include (or commission) a piece of local history by a local artist.

The kandar pole traders roamed the streets with food pots carried on each end of the long, strong and flexible wooden poles balanced on a shoulder.

The nasi kandar dish derived its name from the kandar poles used by the mobile street hawkers who were mostly of Indian or Indian Muslim descent from Tamil Nadu state in India.

It seem to be inaccurately depicted as turbanised Sikhs or Punjabis here. The artist is Chinese and was probably culturally insensitive and geographically ignorant, like many other non-Indians here.

They erroneously and habitually call any Punjabi or a Sikh with a turban Bengalis (Bang Ka Lee in Chinese Hokkien) but then, Bengal is another region altogether.

I think Kandar wood is from the Sal tree (Shorea robusta), native to India

Kudos to Little Penang for including a plaque to credit the artist who is Penang born deaf mute, self-taught mural artist Louis Gan. His most famous wall mural is “Brother and Sister on a Swing” in an alleyway off Chulia Street Ghaut, in George Town, Penang.

Panasonic GM-1, ISO 1250, f4, 1/60 sec.

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A Bolt Of Lightning

A girl cycling past an old shop wall with a big crack. It looks like wall art featuring a bolt of black lightning. Something else hit the town dwellers.

Tanjung Malim people seem to be unusually curious and conscious about the presence of a stranger with a camera. And I don’t even use a neck strap or a big camera.

A few stopped cycling, walking and even driving just to watch me work. At this spot, several courteous pedestrians and cyclists crossed the street to avoid getting into frame, thinking I wanted to shoot the wall alone.

During my walkabout, some came forward to talk instead of me approaching them. One guy ran after me to tell me there is a interesting building in the opposite direction.

Good people.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f5.6, 1/250 sec.