This evening I was browsing through the many photographs that I have taken in Penang and realised that I had failed to capture the significance of street food and hawkers centres. I have a few photographs, when I took them I was not thinking artistically, but as a social historian. (I do not believe that all photos must be arty-farty).
One of the greatest aspects of Malaysia is the food. Your mixed cultural backgroung means that you have a wider national menu than almost any other country. This is made more interesting because your 'mixed menu' is available to everyone, not just in posh, fashionable restaurants as in London. What I would like to see is this being recorded before you all become too rich and too snobbish to eat in such places and they disappear. (I am half joking, but half serious). In a few years, increasing prosperity and western influence will mean that many of the superb foodstalls will be replaced by KFC, Costa Coffee and twee, fashionable cafes and restaurants for the newly afluent Malaysians.
Alas, I live in England and only get out to Malaysia for occasional winters, so I would like to throw open the project to you guys who have it on your doorstep.
So there it is. Next time you have a club outing, or a personal creep around with your camera, record street food. It needn't be HDR with strange colours, it needn't be arty-farty, just life as it is in 2012. By the time you are as old as me ;-( , your children, grandchildren and many others will be very appreciative of your capturing an age gone-by. And as I have said a few times before, "Nostalgia sells photographs". Alas, your fame and fortune may not come for many years.
If anyone follows up my suggestion I would like to suggest that you capture images that include prices. In decades to come, when inflation has kicked in, and Char Hor Fun costs MR300, not MR3, people will be doubly fascinated with you old images.
Ooops, Sorry, I tried tpo replace image 2 with a slightly edited version but the earlier version wouldn't go away :-(