Tas Wood Seller

by Yuzie Yusoff
(Bongawan, Sabah, Malaysia.)

Tas Wood Seller

Tas Wood Seller

This photo was taken at Kota Kinabalu Crafts Market located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Tas wood is traditionally used to keep venomous animals like snake away since they afraid of it.

I love the East Coast of Malaysia (although it's been a while since I've been there!). It always seemed to have a more traditional and rustic feel to it. Certainly more so than the hectic-at-times West Coast.

Unfortunately I never made it to Sabah, but from what people tell me it's also got a real traditional feel to it.

And this means scenes like the one by Yuzie are more likely.

That said, it still takes a photographer to spot the shot, and I think Yuzie has done well here.

Converting it to black and white makes perfect sense here - good choice!

I also like the framing here, placing the seller on the right of the photo looks good. It breaks the rule of thirds but that's no bad thing.

In fact, I often frame shots by using a "rule of fours" (if there is such a thing!) and think it generally works better.

Great shot, and thanks for the submission,


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