Sri Mariamman Temple - Singapore’s oldest Hindu Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple - Singapore’s oldest Hindu Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple - Singapore’s oldest Hindu Temple

“Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape that you could call the human condition. I want to communicate the visceral feeling of the beauty and the marvel I found in front of me, during my journeys, when the surprise of being a stranger gets mixed with the joy of familiarity.” - Steve McCurry

What is with the obsession with Steve McCurry? For those not familiar with his work he is the gentlemen that photographed the “Afghan Girl” which ended up being National Geographic’s most iconic front cover. Click this link to read about the story behind the "Afghan Girl."

Check out more of his incredible photography at his blog.

Many consider him the most significant contemporary photographer of the last 25 years. Steve McCurry had an impact on my life the day I saw that National Geographic cover of the Afghan girl. It was then I transition from being primarily a landscape photographer to undertaking the frightening task of photographing strangers in foreign lands.

On my photo tour with Charlie Kwan, we spent some time at the Sri Mariamman Temple which is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple and is located of all places in Chinatown. I loved the colorful murals on the ceiling and I waited for this woman to walk across my frame to give me that, “Steve McCurry,” moment.

This will be my last photograph from my Singapore series. Join me as I venture into my next destination. The beautiful country of Malaysia and Southeast Asia’s best kept secret.

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Taken on: 6th February, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

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