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More from the Wayang   Leave a comment

The Make-up

Photo 101 ~ Day Seventeen: Glass, Squared – The Looking Glass of Beauty   6 comments

Photo 101

Day Seventeen: Glass, Squared – The Looking Glass of Beauty

Day 17 - Glass, squared

Photo 101 ~ Photo 101 ~ Day Seventeen: Glass, Squared – The Looking Glass of Beauty

As a regular photographer at a Wayang or Chinese Opera performances, I also photo-shoot of the female performers of this Troupes. One must try not to intrude while taking the photographs of these performers. We always ask permission from the Troupe Manager and/or Owner and especially from these female performers for permission to take the portraits of them making-up their faces and wearing their head-dresses. The make-up is very dark and usually behind the props of the performing stage. It is my preference not to use my flash as shadows shall disappear away thus leaving a flat image. Patience and taking numerous snaps are the important actions of a seasoned Wayang photographer.

For this assignment on Glass, I submit three photographs on “Looking Glasses or Mirrors” used by these female Wayang performers to make-up before the performances and the third photograph of the yellow glass sculpture.

Day 17

Photo 101 ~ Photo 101 ~ Day Seventeen: Glass, Squared – The Looking Glass of Beauty 2

Apology as I can only download my assignment only after 10.30 pm tonight as my internet was down from late morning till 10.30 pm tonight.

Day 17

The Glass of Yellow. The yellow glass sculpture with the lighting and shadow designs.

I managed to capture this yellow & white glass sculpture with the lighting and shadow designs.


Day Seventeen: Glass, Squared
I’ve always been drawn to glass: windows, mirrors, and other reflective surfaces. Glass is fun to experiment with when taking pictures, resulting in multi-layered and unexpected shots.

Consider this landscape from an estate near Inverness in Scotland:

Photo 101 Day 17.1

It’s a lovely landscape, but what happens if we place an old, creaky window between the viewer and this garden?

Photo 101 Day 17.2

Even if you prefer the view without the window, note how this pane of glass introduces a story and adds a layer of complexity to the image. What’s the story behind this estate? Who’s looking out the window?

Incorporate glass in today’s image: a window, a mirror, a wine glass, sunglasses, or something else. It doesn’t matter what form the glass takes.

Today’s Tip: We’ve practiced shooting at different angles and from unique POVs. How can you interact with glass to create an interesting photo?

Look through.
Look between.
Find an unconventional surface.
Experiment with your flash both on and off.
Place a glass object against a totally white background.
Shine an artificial light source on it.
Josh R. and the Team

Make-up time at the Wayang   1 comment

Make-up time at the Wayang

Make-up is an integral part of the Wayang or Chinese Street Opera. This is also the favourite composition of most Wayang photographers like myself but I am too modest to disturb these actors and actresses but many of them did not mind at all. Sometimes it was extremely to identify the face behind the face of the character played at the Wayang.

SP Lim

From Wikipedia:-

Cosmetics, also known as makeup or make-up, are care substances used to enhance the appearance or odor of the human body. They are generally mixtures of chemical compounds, some being derived from natural sources (such as coconut oil) and many being synthetics.

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics, defines cosmetics as “intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.” This broad definition includes any material intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product. The FDA specifically excludes soap from this category.

All about the Wayang   Leave a comment

All about the Wayang I had the opportunity of photographing many Chinese Opera Troupes in Penang. As usual with human beings, we have friendly and nice people but also rude and nasty personalities. Sometimes, we were treated so nicely that we felt very flattered indeed. In response, I photographed in their normal routine and only in rare circumstances posing for us. The make-up preparations were usually an interesting composition to capture the moments of applying the make-up. The lighting was usually quite dim and sometimes we were forced to use flash but I mostly refrained from using flash-lights in order not to distract them from their normalcy.

SP Lim

Make-up time for Wayang performers   Leave a comment

Make-up time for Wayang performers was actually captured these series of photos during the celebrations at Kuan Yim Teng, Pitt Street, Penang. Hopefully, this blog shall become the biggest photo-blog on Wayang or Chinese Opera in Malaysia and Asia. Wishful thinking as I have upload another few thousands of photos soonest and consistently. There are a few tens of thousands of unedited photos in my archives collections of some years.

SP Lim

Indonesian Cultural Troupe from the Himpunan Tjinta Teman 2013 Procession   Leave a comment

More photographs of the Indonesian Cultural Troupe from the Himpunan Tjinta Teman or Hok Tek Tong 150th. Anniversary Procession 2013 of Padang of West Sumatera are shown here. In this case, these are modern versions of the creatively made-up models with fanciful and colourful costumes.

SP Lim

Every writer I know has trouble writing. — Joseph Heller

Getting ready for the Wayang – the Chinese Opera   Leave a comment

Getting ready for the Wayang aka Chinese Street Opera involved the elaborate make-up of the performers. The correct facial make-up, appropriate colours and costumes were thus an essential task for the individuals.

SP Lim

Getting ready for the showtime of Chinese Opera or Wayang   Leave a comment

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With the make-up process, these Wayang actors and actresses were transformed to the beautiful world of legendary stories and fairy tales. The colours and make-up of each individual is reflective of the role and character played by them. Certain colour denotes certain personal traits or characteristic profile – brave, loyal, treacherous, cowardly or even of a playboy nature. Well, this is the world of acting!

SP Lim

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. — Isaac Asimov

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