Street Photography with Zamri Jasi
An interview with the Malaysian based street photographer
I met and chatted with Zamri Jasi about his street photography in Malaysia after interviewing a couple of his photography friends here on Talk Photography. Namely Marvin Buhian and Kevin Lim. I took a deeper look into Zamri’s collection and for sure was not disappointed. For this reason I think you won’t be disappointed either! He’s doing some great work and he’s got some stories and advice for us today as well as some beautiful images.
Thank you for joining us on Talk Photography today, we appreciate the street work you’re doing and would like to get to know you a little better. Could you introduce yourself for us and tell about how you got started in photography, and then street photography?
“My name is zamri jasi, originally from Pahang, Malaysia. In fact I can’t remember just when I started getting into photography. In 2013 I first followed a street photography outing from street photography Malaysia group. From there I started attending outings for street photography and portraits. I also began taking classes in photography both free and paid classes. As well as joining outings with other photographers, usually on a weekend with a friend or alone.”
What equipment are you currently using for street photography?
How is the view of street photography in Malaysia? How do people usually respond to it?
“My view of street photography in Malaysia is quite good, and is well received from the crowd. Malaysia is quite active for street photography from the association of government and private corporations. There are many young people who are also interested in street photography.
Sometimes when we photograph some people, they might get angry. But we do not get mad back at them, instead we must say nicely and always smile. I will usually just walk around there without taking pictures then I just talk to them, to them happy with us, after that if we do street photography around them, they don’t care as much. Then we are more comfortable doing street photography.”
Are there any specific projects that you have worked on in the past, and are there some projects that you’re working on now?
“I had made a project of the natural faces of the indigenous people, as the children were, but now still taking portraits of indigenous children as leisure hobbies.”
Can you share with us a few of your favourite photographs and explain the story behind them? What was the setting? The challenge of capturing the moment? (And so on)
“Photography portraits of children is my favorite, but quite challenging because we can not point them, usually I bring something to eat give to them, from there let them play and I take their picture, from there I get a natural picture without direction. From this I can get much satisfaction.”
8-(1) “Walk on Number” taken from RICOH GR camera.
“This picture was taken around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It looks interesting because it’s a number on a busy public floor. I waited about 10 minutes for the correct timing for this picture.”
8-(2) “On Call”
“This picture I took on my trip to Thailand in February 2017. The background is a billboard, from there I waited for people to pass by billboard to snap the photograph.”
8-(3) “Boy with his Dog” taken by RICOH GR camera.
“This picture I took in a village named Johor in Malaysia. When I was walking I saw a boy sitting in a chair while drinking water by the sea. The dog under the chair made the photography interesting for me.”
8-(4) “Smoky Nose.”
“Why did I name this photograph ‘Smoky Nose’? Well because the nose of the boy in this picture is smoky. This photographed I captured in a village named Kampung Simpang Arang in Johor, Malaysia. In this village there are two charcoal factories where children play in this factory together with his friends.”
Can you tell us what a typical day of shooting is like? Take us with you and explain the ins and outs.
“Usually Saturday and Sunday or Day offs and public holidays, when there are crowds and many subjects. For good street photography I start as early as possible in the morning. Morning light is good for producing pictures fairly well, the role of light is quite important.
Usually in the afternoon or evening I’ll go back home. Then is the time I will look at the photographs that i took that morning and choose which is good for upload my social media or photography groups.
I am not a full time photographer, rather photography is a hobby of mind. I do the photography when I have time on the weekend or other leisure time. From Monday to Friday I have work, I also spend time with my family. When it is possible, I’ll do street photography.”
Is there anything you’d like to say to other photographers and even those starting out in their craft?
“To the new ones in street photography, to take photographs and to learn how to do it. Now mobile phone are also sophisticated. If possible you can eventually upgrade from mobile phones, when you have more money to buy a good camera. Familiarize yourself with outing with others for group street photography, from there we can learn from those who are more experienced in the field of street photography. We can ask about how to make a good photographs. You can also buy a street photography book for reference or can find some videos on YouTube to learn a lot about street photography there.
All in all just enjoy photography, and always smile!”
About Zamri Jasi
Malaysian based street photographer Zamri Jasi first started his photography after joining an outing in 2013. Since then he has passionately pursued his passion of photography, taking workshops, going to meet ups to continue developing and learning. He also visits indigenous peoples in his homeland to capture their lives through his camera.
This is Don MacDonell with another post of our Talk Photography series. Our purpose to inspire other photographers through experiences, interviews and projects of fantastic photographers who are passionately pursuing their photography and achieving amazing results. It’s all about the effort, then anything is possible. We hope you’ll reach out, and tell us about your projects, photography and stories. We’re very eager to hear them in fact!
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