When I started traveling around Asia I would sometimes take hundreds of photos per day. Almost anything would qualify as photo worthy. In my eyes nearly everything was new, interesting, exotic, and I wanted to capture it all with my camera. I thought that by doing and saving all those photos I wouldn’t forget about my experiences, and I would be able to share them with loved ones who weren’t there with me.
Years went by, and although I still felt the same level of excitement every time I went to a new place, I also started feeling like I belonged there, and everything was so natural to me that the photo opportunities slowly began to decrease. I think this happened not only because I had been there for a while and I felt very comfortable moving around, but also because traveling gradually started being something more intimate, more meaningful, and more about enjoying and living in the moment, the present, and spending time with those who were actually around.
The photos below are from our third visit to Malaysia. We spent a month there, and I’m completely sure this was by far the most intense, enriching, and memorable of our experiences in this country. You probably can’t tell by only looking at these pictures, but I do know, and I do remember details about this trip; even more than the first one when everything was new and I took more photos.
I’ve also noticed that in the past I was very impressed by big cities, and that I would stop on almost every corner to admire modernity and take photos of skyscrapers, architecture, neon lights, etc. I was fascinated by cities like Tokyo, Singapore or Hong Kong. That has changed, and even though I still take pleasure in discovering a new city, most of the time I won’t bother taking too many pictures that I won’t feel like looking back at or sharing afterwards. Now, as you will see, my interests have veered towards nature.
Just so you have some context, and if you want to look it up on the map, these images were captured in Cameron Highlands, around Tanah Rata and Brinchang.