I’m selling prints, for the first time!

 (PUAH SZE NING)

(2/10) Ancestor’s Day at Kampung Judah, Carey Island (2009, Selangor).

I will be selling prints of my photos for the first time during my upcoming alumni dinner with my fellow Monash graduates.

When I was an undergraduate, I did not realize how important photography would become to me. Photography was not even something I thought I was capable of.

During one of our summer breaks, my lecturer then, Dr Yeoh Seng Guan, recommended that I do an internship with the Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC). It was during my internship that I realized that maybe I could be a photographer, and I will never forget that moment.

I was in Tasek Bera at that time, in an Orang Asli village taking photos with a little point and shoot so that I won’t forget what I saw and experienced. Photography at that time was not as accessible as it is now (a time before camera phones!).

When COAC coordinator, Colin Nicholas, saw what terrible photos I was taking, he started explaining about shutter speed, aperture and exposure priority. And I was just really surprised that he thought I could or wanted to learn photography properly. But because he believed that I could learn and took so much effort to teach me, I started believing I could.

 (PUAH SZE NING)

(3/10) Temiar man in his swidden (2012, Kampung Peralong, Kelantan).

Photography soon led to something more serious. I got my first DSLR in 2007 (thanks to my generous brother) and in a few years started a small business shooting for print publications, events, taking portraiture and even shooting fashion catalogues. This small business made it possible for me to continue working with the indigenous peoples rights movement over the years, either on project basis, as a part-time staff or as a volunteer.

Selling prints has been something I’ve considered for a really long time but I always felt it was something I was not ready for. But with the encouragement of friends and family, and the opportunity afforded by the alumni dinner as well as in light of COAC’s plans to begin drone mapping, I’ve decided the go for it.

 (PUAH SZE NING)

(5/10) Temiar Sewang (2013, International Day of The World Indigenous Peoples celebrations, Kampung Pian, Pahang).

I’m opening up the sale of prints for pre-orders prior to my alumni dinner on 8 October. 50% of proceeds from the sale of the photos will be invested back into my business, and 50% will go towards COAC’s fund to purchase a drone to map out and document Orang Asli customary territories.

Do drop me an email szening@gmail.com or message +6012 6061592 if you would like to make a purchase. Details are this link here.

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