100 Scenes in Penang - Kodakit

KODAKIT - July 31, 2019
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100 Scenes in Penang

A project by Yang Zhen Siang which aims to shine a light on the unique beauty of Penang.

Having so much love for Penang, photographer Yang Zhen Siang decided to curate a series of 100 post on Instagram aiming to show Penang in a distinct way and to change people's perceptions towards the island-state.

Here Yang takes us through his photography journey through Penang and the experiences he had along the way.

100 Scenes in Penang

The main driving force behind this project was to preserve the moments around my hometown with the hope that future generations are able to appreciate the beauty of the historical town through my visual emotion. Penang is divided into 2 locations: Penang Island and Penang Mainland. As this project is about the many faces of Penang in its entirety, I traveled all over to capture the unique moments and sceneries of this special destination. If I were to divide it up, the photos I have captured would be 80% Island and 20% mainland.

This project opened up my eyes to many incredible things that I would have easily overlooked in all my years living here. Below are some of the iconic discoveries.

The first image documents two men transporting a Hawker Cart during early dawn hours to prepare for business, the second shows green in the city surrounding Penang Landmark the “Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR)” building, finally we see the bustling Kimberley Street view from above.

Of all the people I met, the ones worth mentioning are the locals. Throughout the process of completing this project, I have pushed myself to spend more time just walking around and discovering different parts of the city. Being an introvert in nature, I find these things difficult but thankfully the locals are friendly and most of them initiated conversation with me when I just smiled to them. Their insights are also useful to me as general knowledge to narrow down the scopes for future projects.

I have been shooting fully with Sony cameras since year 2016. In this project, the cameras involved are Sony A7R2 / A7ii & A7s, the lenses are Sony FE 16-35mm F4 Zeiss, Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G, Sony FE 28mm F2, Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE, Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 EF, Samyang 12mm F2.8 Fisheye EF, Nikon 85mm F2. Not to forget a few photos that are shot with the trusty iPhone. The tripod that I am using is the Manfrotto 190cxpro3 with 496RC2 ballhead and Manfrotto Pixi Evo Mini tripod.

The Hungry Ghost festival “Gui Jie” prayers during the 7th Chinese Lunar Calendar month. It is believe that the realms of Heaven and Hell and the realm of the living are open. Most Taoist and Buddhist will perform prayers and send offerings to the deceased to transmute and absolve their sufferings.
Traders getting ready to set up their stalls to sell fishes in the early dawn hours at Campbell Street market, one of the oldest market in George Town, Penang.
Most of the elderly locals now live alone in the traditional houses in town while their children and grandchildren will live at a modernised house with facilities.
Locals taking public transport during a cold and rainy morning.
The foundation pillars that support the houses and bridges of the clan jetties. A sight that is regularly used by tourists for selfies.

You can see the full 100 Scenes in Penang project here and be sure to follow Yang on Instagram.


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