Author:sengmah

My Island Home

My last article about the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, was all about the beautiful lagoons, reef and off-shore islands. This month, I'd like to share with you something a little bit different: the culture and community of Cocos Malays who call the islands home. Home Island is...

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Lagoon Light

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands look like a tropical island paradise. It is; and it is also a paradise for landscape and seascape photographers! The islands are an atoll, forming a ring around a central lagoon where gaps between the islands connect the lagoon to the...

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In Pursuit of Imperfection

Let me tell you a story. Some years ago, while running a photography tour with a great group of photography enthusiasts, the topic of photographic perfection popped up. "I'm still chasing the perfect sunset photo," one of our group bewailed. "I see so many of them out...

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Audience, Purpose, Style

The holy grail for many photographers is to be able to develop a distinctive Style. But the idea of a "style" seems elusive and perhaps a little too abstract for most people to comprehend. What does it mean to have a style? Let's look at this word...

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Fave 20 of 2020

It's almost a tradition for photographers to share their top 10 images at the end of each year. This year, I thought I'd share my favourite 20 images, instead of 10 -- it is 2020 after all. They're not necessarily the top images or the...

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Be like Zen artists…

You may have heard of the American artist and photographer Saul Leiter, whose photography in the 1940s and 1950s was credited to have brought about the New York School of street photography. Leiter once said in a conversation: “I have a deep-seated distrust and even contempt...

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Letters from the Inside…

  Social distancing and self-isolation seem to be the buzzwords of the moment, as are words like closures and suspensions of service. The last two weeks have seen tremendous changes to our lifestyle and it’s hard not to feel apprehensive and uncertain when things are changing and...

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