Singing in a Small Seaside Tavern near Singapore

I spent a weekend in the seaside town of Malacca, which used to rival Singapore in the beginning of the 1900's as the busiest port in SE Asia. Over time, the dutch built up Singapore and allowed Malacca to stay small and quaint. It's still the same way, with the old architecture lining the streets. The old warehouses and shops of the early century are now converted in to taverns, shops, and temples.


As I was moving around from place to place taking photos, I heard some acoustic guitar coming from a small empty tavern. I went in and met Aki here, who was warming up for a concert later than night in the same place. I asked her if she could take a photo while she practiced, and she said of course and then invited me to see her sing later that night.


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  • Brad Lee IV 6y

    She can pose, but can she play guitar ?
  • Horace 6y

    no ghosting here....did she posed for this shot?? 5xp?? btw, how's her singing?? ;-D cool shot Trey !!
  • Fionn Luk 6y

    Excellent shot, Trey!
  • ebiker 6y

    She is a very beautiful lady. Great picture of her. Does the story continue?
  • garryloke 6y

    nice one ... trey !
  • Daniel Familia 6y

  • Wendell 6y

    So lovely, and sweet enough to let you shoot her.......... wonderful work Trey!

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  • susan_r4 6y

    Wonderful shot and good story totally jealous of you going to such interesting places and meeting interesting people!
  • pmw fotos 6y

    You can see she`s so happy playing music, love music, love acoustic guitars and other instruments...oh happy day with this picture! Thanks again for sharing everyday...happy Sunday morning! How was the it was great, music is always great for the mind body and soul
  • fotophriendly 6y

    nice selective coloring and wonderful portrait!
  • tom duca 6y

    so cute
  • Neil Howard 6y

    Nice Trey...
    I never managed to get up to Malacca when I was living in Singapore. I always intended to. Yet another loss for me ;-(
    Great shot mate!

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  • Sam Feinstein 6y

    PLEASE delete this comment, but you might want to proof your title. "Singing in a Small......" not "Singing in s Small....."

    Delete this, but don't block me by accident. Thanks.
  • Sascha D. Rueb 6y

    fantastic shot

    enjoy your week
  • drburtoni 6y

    i really like the story and the composition. however, color changes in the skin in this hdr detracts, in my opinion, from the overall concept. I wonder if it is possible to maintain normal skin tones through layering in an hdr photo? i am not skilled enough at photoshop to do this if it is possible.
  • Rafa Llano 6y

    impressive composition, I really like this picture, I think you did an amaizing job in this one, as I said I am impressed

    By the way, congratulations for the explore, well done!!
  • Fiora Casey 6y

    Nice. Did you go to the concert?
  • Nikos Daskalakis 6y

    I like the grungy background and your masking of the singer. Very appropriate processing here too!!
  • Mark Liebenberg 6y

    Great shot Trey! Nice post processing!
  • Craig 6y

    I love the plaster peeling away from the wall revealing the underlying brick structure. Very cool
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Taken on March 20, 2008
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