Ron Gessel is a photographer from Amsterdam, apparently he has been travelling around the world for photo-shooting sessions and we must say he has done a great job. This time he is showing us one of the UNESCO world heritage site – Georgetown and a popular street called Petaling Street in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The street is also known as Chinatown Kuala Lumpur. Below is a little intro about Ron:
I studied graphic design in Utrecht, the Netherlands. I started my career as an art director and have worked on several major advertising agencies such as FHV BBDO, LOWE and Baas en Van Haastrecht. I have frequently come into contact with several advertising photographers to shoot advertising campaigns.
Nowadays I am a freelance art director/photographer. I travel a lot and during my travels I am touched and fascinated by the country and its inhabitants. I am a street photographer in heart and soul. My photos are not staged because I want to show real life.
Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur
Petaling Street is chock-full of shops and stalls selling goods and food. A signboard warning against the sale of imitation goods provides an interesting – even ironic – contrast as the whole street is practically littered with fake branded items. Handbags, watches, trainers, clothing – you name it, they’ve got it. Louis Vuitton sits side-by-side with Rolex, and you can sometimes get the latest cinematic releases at less than RM 10 each. For shoppers on a tight budget or those looking for cheap and cheerful ‘branded’ goods, Petaling Street will be their first stop as it offers not just variety but also value for money as the prices can be further whittled down through hard bargaining.
Petaling Street is also filled with opportunities to sample a delightful array of local cuisine. Chinese and seafood restaurants can be found at every corner, and stalls selling all kinds of snacks are stretched along the street, resulting in an interesting mixture of aroma filling the air that is quite hard to resist. The best thing about them is that most of them are open until very late at night, with some even staying open until four to five in the morning.
Find out more about Petaling Street @ Wikipedia
Georgetown, is the capital of the state of Penang in Malaysia. Named after Britain‘s King George III, George Town is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island and has about 220,000 inhabitants, or about 400,000 including the suburbs. Formerly a municipality and then a city in its own right, since 1976 George Town has been part of the municipality of Penang Island, though the area formerly governed by the city council is still commonly referred to as a city, and is also known as Tanjung (“The Cape”) in Malay and 喬治市 (Qiáozhì Shì) in Chinese.
Find out more about Georgetown, Penang @ Wikipedia