I was going through my old hard drive when I came across these old photos which were taken back in the summer of 2008, in Sweden. Decided to give them a bit of a tune up and post them here. All photos taken using my old Nikon D80 and the stock 18 -135mm lense
Upon entering the climbing gym for the first time I had no idea that the sport would grow on me so quickly, it has somehow become a regular activity in my life. Initially I was introduced to climbing through a good friend who has been climbing for a couple of years now and had been pushing me to come and try it out, as I had previously tried bouldering many years ago, I was not entirely new to the idea of rock climbing. What made it rock climbing so interesting and drove my passion was the sense of accomplishment at the end of a route. As most sports activity there are certain equipment or attire that is required, and for rock climbing the essentials are shoes, harness, chalk bag, carabiner and a belay device.
I have rented many different brands and models of harnesses however I was always comfortable withe Black Diamond and of course it was almost a no brainier for me to go with Black Diamond climbing equipment for my first purchase. I decided to photograph each of newly invested gear in low-key photography.
Today I almost smashed by coffee mug against the computer screen upon reading a preposterous article about how the iPhone is a better choice for professional photography. It would perhaps been a little forgiving if the article I was reading was from an online blog in North Korea, however to add to insult the article was published through Wired magazine.
Somehow I managed to salvage these old photos from my dying hard disk. These photos were taken back in 2010 together with my friend Rusdi as we collaborated yet again on project we had discussed previously. What we wanted to do was simply photograph something dramatic at very unusual location, and the located chosen was a Chinese hawker center.
Gunung Brinchang (Mount Brinchang) is located in the Cameron Highlands and it is classified as the highest mountain in peninsula Malaysia accessible by road and stands at 2,032 meters (6,667ft) above sea level. Gunung Brinchang is also the second highest mountain in Cameron Highlands. Taking the road up is no challenge so the obvious route to the top is to hike through the jungle which I would personally consider very different compared to other hikes I have been to.