David S. T. Loh’s last posting was Editor-in-Charge (EIC) Global Pictures Desk, Reuters in Singapore. His job was to coordinate the pool of photographers, edit the photos and making sure the best would be sent out to publishers all over the world. David may have left the position but he has never left his passion and keen eye for capturing a good photo at that right moment. Here he presents a new take of an old tired subject – Penang, his home.
You have shown a perspective of Penang that few, even Penangites, couldn’t achieve. Is there really such an interesting hidden side to Penang or is that just through your lens?
Penang is such an amazing place where there seems to be non-stop events, activities, things to do, and places to go. Every day, I discover new and interesting things to see and to photograph. If you are prepared to go out and look, you will never be bored in Penang. My relatives and friends tell me that I am showing a side of Penang that they never knew existed even though I have only been back for a few months.
My philosophy to good photography is very simple. Wow your viewers. Give them something they have not seen before. I took up drone, 360 video and stills to get a new perspective to a normal scene and this will immediately grab viewers’ attention. And I am always standing away from the group of photographers, unless I am shooting news, to get an interesting angle that’s different from everyone else.
I am lucky that my years of working as a photojournalist help me to make quick assessment of a scene and know where to stand to capture the right moment. A photographer depends a lot on luck to get their shot, but the more prepared they are, the luckier they get.