I was finally back photographing the KL International Jazz Festival 2014 at University Malaya. This popular music event made its debut at the leading public university in Malaysia last year.
I was attending this event as more of a guest than a working photographer, hence the coverage of only two performances at the Experimental Theatre; the UM Big Band and that of David Tughan, the UK Jazz singer who performed his session of "Chetting: A Tribute to Chet Baker".
I've never heard of the KL International Jazz Festival (KLIJF) until recently, when I was engaged to photograph the event on behalf of University Malaya (UM), at which the event was held. The KLIJF was debuted last year at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
This year's event was scheduled to kick off in April but was postponed till now. Internationally acclaimed artistes and accomplished local musicians dished out over 20 performances on 4 indoor and outdoor stages, which included the famed Dewan Tunku Canselor (DTC).
It's been 5 years since I last shot a motor sports photography assignment at Sepang International Circuit. Back then, I completed a 3 consecutive years shoot for the Kencana Racing Team during the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race (MMER) from 2006-2008.
This round, I was honoured to be commissioned by Audi Singapore to be officially embedded into their racing teams to photo document their journey in a back-to-back participation of the Malaysian leg of Audi R8 LMS Cup and the MMER 2013 as well.
Who is Ashley Khoo? You must have seen her in TM's Unifi large billboards scattered along Federal Highway. I've seen it for a good 2 months before I eventually noticed some words right underneath the image of a girl with long flowing hair.
It read "Ashley Khoo a.k.a Summer". It went on to say that she's a customer of Unifi, TM's high speed broadband internet service. A quick googling revealed her as an online professional gamer. Cool.
Jay Menon, the radio dee jay and TV personality was very natural in front of the camera. When the petite lass first stood on set, she almost immediately struck a pose, effortlessly that is.
She has very sharp intense eyes that lit up in unison with her wide infectious smile. Her high forehead spoke of confidence, I remarked, to which she laughed. A little googling revealed Jay Menon as FHM 100 Most Wanted Women in the World 2009. No wonder.