Different Is Fantastic

by Tim Rogers March. 16, 2016 2289 views

“Well…this is a little different”

The words that crossed my mind when I arrived at the satellite city of Putra Jaya on the edge of Kuala Lumpur. I'd headed down there to check out the balloon festival that takes place at this time every year. I photographed exactly zero balloons. Not because they weren't worthy of a shot. It was just the area, the government seat essentially, was just so jaw-dropping.

Built around an artificial lake, the area is a planned city, only 20 years old. It has to incredible bridges crossing it that are architecturally quite spectacular. A mosque sits at the northern end over looking the water, another on the banks further south. Several building with distinctive Islamic iconography can be seen from the lake edge. An abandoned bridge projects straddles the water but doesn't touch the banks. I was thinking “photo field day” as I surveyed the scene.

One problem! And this was my problem and probably no one else's. I wasn't attired in the preferred manner. I was wearing shorts! Modesty is a part of the culture here. Showing your knees is something most of the locals prefer not to do. It's not a rule, just a preference. I want to learn about the culture and above all be respectful. So I decided to stay on the opposite side of the lake and come back another day. And by day…I think I mean days. Putra Jaya will take more than a single visit to document. I did get a look at the iron Mosque and snap off a few

Over the last few weeks, the feeling has galvanised in my mind that everyone…EVERYONE…should visit another country and immerse themselves in a different culture. We should be respectful of those cultures when we are away from home. Respect doesn't take a lot of effort but it saves a lot of heartache I think it makes you a better person to be an outsider for a while. It'll help you to understand & appreciate others and the things that are important to them. Hopefully it works both ways as a result

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Ros Mercury 5 years, 4 months ago

No.1 is my fav. bravo.

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Andy Lumb 5 years, 4 months ago

Great photos & a great story to go along with them. I agree that - if possible - everyone should travel as much as they can afford to. Glad you're still having adventures, I'm hoping I'll be in KL myself later this year for a very quick visit with work in August when the V8s race there.

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Mike Meliska 5 years, 4 months ago

Great shots.

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 4 months ago

Fabulous work......so exciting to travel I have benefited from my sister living abroad as she says in her comment it is good for you to see how other people live and their cultures.........looking forward to seeing more.

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Antonio Gil 5 years, 4 months ago

Can't wait to see more pictures of this beautiful place. Great work Tim.

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 4 months ago

Learning to adapt and live in a different country enriches our lives and the lives of those around us. I have been fortunate enough to live in several different countries , though all European - the whole family, now grown, are spread across Europe. I have also been fortunate in spending some of my time with my husband when " en mission " further afield.
Your images are beautiful, though not the type of image I have become accustomed to with your work.
A refreshing change.

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