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  • Welcome to My Blog!

    Hi, I'm Wazari Wazir, Malaysian Photojournalist working for the Government of Malaysia. Will be sharing a wide variety of pictures here from my official assignment and personal pictures. I do conduct Photography and Photoshop Workshops if there is any invitations.

    I've Conduct a Photoshop Workshops in IIUM International Islamic University Malaysia (Gombak) and also at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT), in Selangor and other Photography Workshops all over the country including Sabah Malaysia North Borneo.

    My Blog is The Winner for Best Photography Blog 2014 during MSMW Malaysia Social Media Week Blogger Awards 2014.

    Thank you for visiting My Blog and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me through my email...

    wazariwazir@yahoo.com | Tel No : + 6012 2812753

Travel and Photography | A Glimpse of Bhaktapur

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | An Old Man Sitting On a Roadside in Bhaktapur

It is not difficult to spot an old man sitting on a roadside in Bhaktapur, plenty of them, there is a lot of temples and porches in Bhaktapur and there are the favourite place for this men to have a great time with their friends. Sometimes it is too perfect, it’s like you are inside a movie set up. Sometimes, there are a group of them, wearing a beautiful Nepali Topi or “Dhaka Topi”, actually The hat is made of a fabric called “Dhaka”.

Sometimes when a group of them sitting on a porches, it looks so beautiful, but then most of the time, I was a little bit nervous to ask them for a photograph, the thing is, if you have been to Bhaktapur, you will know why, there is a lot of tourist here in Bhaktapur, most of them carrying a big DSLR and I think some of these old men, can get tired of it, posing for a photograph for nothing, I do know they are not expecting money but maybe just a simple conversation, so when I’m in a hurry, I just look at them and just smile without taking any picture of them.

I simply love Bhaktapur and the life here, even though just like any other part of Nepal, power shortage is common, most of these people just get on with their life, still generous enough with a smile, eager to strike a conversation with you. I really can’t wait to get back to Bhaktapur again, and hopefully spending as much time as possible with them, especially with the old man, Bhaktapur is a living museum and these old man is a treasure.

I am a nutty traveler. I never hide myself during I am photographing or traveling. I interact with the community whom I go to visit. I give them time to understand me and I take time to understand them. In any place you will find children and dogs first to welcome you. They will follow you and you have to win their hearts.

If they accept you then the community will accept you. Documentary/travel/street whatever photography I am doing I always know I have to respect people and their thought. If someone refused me take picture I accept it with respect. I take photography when I feel the person is easy with me and in the time when I got an affirmative signal.

After taking picture I show them and heard their comment. Sometime I take print with me to show them, surprise them. Small interactions make you confident as a communicator and a photographer. It is important to be trustable when you are a photographer. A small thanks and a big smile can win many hearts.

Gmb Akash -

Travel and Photography | Low Light Photography in Kathmandu

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Devotees Light a Candles in Boudhanath Stupa | Kathmandu

“Not a day goes by without a few hours of power cuts. Load shedding has now become a perennial problem and it is here to stay.”

- Prasiddha Upadhaya, Hydropower Developer -

Despite Nepal’s huge hydropower potential and more than half a century of experience starting with the Pharping hydro plant in 1911, to date, less than 1% of Nepal’s hydro-power resources have been tapped.  Furthermore, no significant effort has been exerted in tapping other energy sources. Crippled with power shortage, Himalayan country Nepal imposes extra hour of mandatory power cut. The situation is going to further darken its existing big trouble pertaining to trade balance with India, Nepal’s largest trade partner.

Anyway, I’m not here to write about power shortage in Nepal, but you have been warned, so if you plan to travel to Nepal and take a lot of photographs, make sure you have a lot of extra camera battery with you. Almost everyday, there will be a power cuts, and unfortunately it happens when you most wanted it, and let’s not forget also to bring few power bank, to charge your smartphone if you use it a lot.

The photograph above is not about power cuts, I took the photograph at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, after the sun sets, things get dark here, so I’m wandering around looking for something to photograph and I met this devotees who light a candles and I think it will make a good looking photographs.

I’ve to raise the ISO to 2000 in order to captured this scene, I know that by raising the ISO, I will get more noise, but then, I like the moment here, I like the warm candles lighting, so to those of you guys who plan to travel to Nepal be not afraid of wandering around in the darkness, I mean not in complete darkness, but if possible walk around with a friends, and definitely you will find something worthy of photographs and don’t be afraid to raise your camera ISO. Try experiment with it. Low light photography can lead to surprising results. Give it a try.

* This is my second visit to Nepal and this trip were organised by friend of mine, Shukur Jahar, if you wanted more information about our next trips, you can contact him personally or visit his Blog Shukur Jahar

Email: shukurjahar@gmail.com

Travel and Photography | Life is a Journey, Not a Destination

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Sunrise at Sarangkot | Pokhara | Nepal | Annapurna Range

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”

- LIFE Magazine Motto -

Traveling means different things to different people, yes, when talking about traveling, we always have a destination to go. We cannot just step out of our home and just go out aimlessly. We cannot buy a flight ticket to nowhere but we must buy a flight tickets to some destination, a specific destination. a country, a city.

But the real joy of traveling is not when we get into the destination, the real joy of traveling is along the way, is the journey itself. During traveling we may encounter a lot of problems, a hiccups that will hinder our journey but the experience gains from all of the obstacle that we face along the journey is what makes traveling meaningful.

We can always admire the breathtaking Himalayas from the comfort of our home in front of our computer screen. We can view the Himalayan peaks from thousand of angles just by clicking the mouse but it will never be the same as being there in presence, only then you will know how massive the mountain is.

Yes, it’s true that some people are lucky, not many people can travel or have the time and money but if traveling the world becomes one of our priority in life, we will always can find the way. When there’s a will, there is a way, some people said. If you really wanted to see the world full heatedly, you will always find the way.

Some people live in a half million MYR Malaysian Ringgit house but they rarely travel, some people drive RM 200K cars but they rarely travel, while some people who lives less than what they have, travel a lot. Like I said, it’s all about priority. Those people who have everything but did not travel, doing so because traveling is never their priority in life, maybe.

You may agree or disagree, while some of you may try to find another reason for not to travel, I will find a way on how I can keeps on traveling the world. I may not have a lot of money right now, but I will work on it. People will always says that, money is a factor, while if you know that the money is the main problem, then what are you going to do about it, hoping that the money will falls from the sky? Work harder, work smarter, do some business, use your knowledge to get some money. If people living up higher on the mountains, far away from the modern city, knew how to get their foods, I believe we can do a lot more.

Portrait Photography | Mother and Daughter

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Mother and Daughter | Arianna

“If these picture have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this, I was here, existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture”

- Robin Williams -

 

Travel Photography | Nepal | Can I Take Your Photograph, Please?

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Once Upon a Time in Nepal

I simply could not resist photographing them, the light was so wonderful. I’m sure, I  will be haunted by this moment if I didn’t get the shot, well, at least I should try to ask them. Photographing strangers, isn’t easy, nobody ever said it was. Actually I just about to leave this place, heading back to our van for the next destination when I struck at this place. Actually at first I was drawn by the lighting, then I saw a great moment.

I brace myself asking them, whether I can take their photograph, not a single words uttered by them, they just nodded their heads and smile. I just took it as a”yes” and quickly getting closer to them. Before that, I know, the worst thing that they will say is NO, and they won’t kill me or hit me, so that’s why I didn’t hesitate to ask their permission.

I took the photograph above with 24 mm wide angle lens, really getting close to them, I simply love the moment, they were enjoying their time talking to each other. In contrast, sometimes, we “Smartphone Generation”, whenever we have meals in front of our table, most of us tend to take a photograph of the foods in front of us, posted it to Facebook, Instagram, Tweets about it and getting lost in the Social Media World, hardly talking to each others, even though we are sitting next to each other.

Anyway, this post is not about Social Media, it is about photographing a strangers, people that you have never met, people that are unique and worth to be photograph. If you are shy kind of a person, then maybe people photography is not for you, better stick to landscape any any other genre that you don’t have to communicate with your subject.

I’m not always getting “YES” for an answer from a stranger. I’m not hurt when someone said NO, I really respect their privacy but I will never leave a great moment or person  just like that without even trying. I’m quite happy to have a simple conversation with a strangers that I met even though I get NO for an answer.

There was a time, when I spent more than half an hour talking to a stranger, I keep asking whether I can take a photograph of her, I think you can figure it out on why I spent so much time, but in the end, she firmly said NO, but I really enjoy the conversation, getting to know about someones background, her education, her family, getting to know about my family, getting to know about their life, about my little children that I left at home. I think that’s what traveling is all about, getting connected. To be able to photograph someone is a bonus for me.

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Faces Of Nepal | PHOTOGRAPHY . TRAVEL . FAMILY - […] “I simply could not resist photographing them, the light was so wonderful. I’m sure, I  will be haunted by this moment if I didn’t get the shot, well, at least I should try to ask them. Photographing strangers, isn’t easy, nobody ever said it was” – Wazari Wazir (read more here) […]