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<strong>Plaza</strong><br />

Aziziah Diah Aprilya<br />

Azrizal Abu Che<br />

Bill Satya<br />

Callie Eh<br />

Christian Tâm Schalch<br />

Derrick Ong<br />

Edmond Leong<br />

Jamie Winder<br />

Kaylie Ong<br />

Khai Yussof<br />

Merik<br />

Pokchat Worasub<br />

Samantha Radaza<br />

Sansitny Ruth<br />

Sinsee Ho<br />

Suridh Das-Hassan<br />

Thet Oo Maung<br />

Zach Driggs<br />

Street Photography<br />

From Southeast Asia <strong>001</strong>


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PLAZA <strong>001</strong><br />

Street Photography From Southeast Asia


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This publication has been realised exclusively with the<br />

purpose and intent of a critical and satirical documentation<br />

and discussion. The views expressed in this publication are<br />

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shared by the publisher and its staff.<br />

<strong>Plaza</strong><br />

<strong>001</strong><br />

©2023 Soi Books / Stickerbomb Ltd<br />

Editor: Suridh Hassan<br />

Layout: Ryo Sanada<br />

Cover design: Kasper Ledet<br />

ISBN: 978-1-7397509-6-1<br />

Printed in the U.K.<br />

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Stories<br />

Callie Eh, “Train of thought” - Yangon, Myanmar, Page 12<br />

It was midday, I walked around the bustling busy station took<br />

some photos, and took the city circle to experience local life, the<br />

train journey gave me the opportunity to interact with friendly<br />

locals and see their laid-back lifestyles, this little boy caught<br />

my attention and I am glad that I captured this very moment his<br />

thought and his soul.<br />

Callie Eh, “Friendship Barbershop” - Malaysia, Pages 30,31<br />

One of the oldest barbershops in my hometown, Yong Peng,<br />

a fading industry dominated by old men who work their entire<br />

lives, a barbershop without fancy, ornate decorations, but with<br />

antique equipment that generates emotional connections with the<br />

audience. Most of the customers are elderly or young children. The<br />

barber Mr.Yap passed away a few years ago, and no one inherited<br />

his craft, and sadly the barbershop has closed. I am grateful that<br />

his memory will remain in my picture and that I am able to share it<br />

with my audience.<br />

Merik, “Untitled” - Bangkok, Pages, 36,37<br />

Searching for snacks in Bangkok is like searching for words<br />

in a newspaper: they’re everywhere you look, intrinsic to the<br />

whole with different stories to tell, some big headlines for mass<br />

consumption, repeated over and over, alongside agony aunt<br />

footnotes, the carts, and shacks that appear and disappear, a<br />

cheap and enticing piece of what real people desire. Walking Soi<br />

Sukhumvit that day, I scanned the street. In the gaps between the<br />

malls and their modern food courts, the agony aunt stalls were<br />

doing good business. I noted food deposits scattered around,<br />

discarded, drying in the sun, left for offerings maybe, or hung from<br />

strange places in plastic bags as if to be enjoyed later.<br />

After last night’s transactions, I myself had a real person’s desire<br />

for salt and grease. I approached a stand that was set up in front<br />

of an overgrown vacant lot, a construction of rusted aluminum and<br />

dirty tarpaulin with sun-bleached graphics. I ordered a drink and<br />

motioned to the fried pork glistening in a pan on top of an old gas<br />

canister with the word ‘PICNIC’ punched out of the metal. The runoff<br />

washed into a stinking open gutter just feet away. ‘Krub,’ I said.<br />

Sitting at the furthest table from the gutter, plastic and lop-sided, I<br />

wondered about the ice in my cup but topped it with coke anyhow.<br />

The sun, the sweat, and the grease washed over me and I began to<br />

relax. Amid the smells from the waste and stalls, a sweet note of<br />

jasmine drifted by. I watched a young couple over the road, joking<br />

around in the shade whilst an old man poured their coffee through<br />

a sock; a fat dog lounged on the curb close to the pork stall, and<br />

several tables down from mine I observed an older gentleman in<br />

aviators who seemed to be looking right back at me, he pouted<br />

and smacked his lips. The moo tod was phenomenal, perhaps the<br />

greatest piece of pork to ever hit a pastel purple plate. When I had<br />

finished, the dog got up and walked lazily over to the stall owner,<br />

then ambled over to me with my bill held delicately in its mouth.<br />

Pokchat Worasub, “1 2 3 4”, Chiang Dao, Thailand, Page 46<br />

One day during my Artist Residency in Chiang Dao, in the north<br />

of Thailand, right before one of the photoshoots, the girls from the<br />

Lisu tribe were walking in a line down the hills and the instant of<br />

their natural steps were captured, inviting the audience to observe<br />

them from behind and follow them to wherever the future is<br />

taking the new generation of the Lisu tribe to. day during my Artist<br />

Residency in Chiang Dao, in the north of Thailand, right before<br />

one of the photoshoots, the girls from the Lisu tribe were walking<br />

in a line down the hills and the instant of their natural steps were<br />

captured, inviting the audience to observe them from behind and<br />

follow them to wherever the future is taking the new generation of<br />

the Lisu tribe to. were captured, inviting the audience to observe<br />

them from behind and follow them wherever the future is taking the<br />

new generation of the Lisu tribe to.<br />

Pokchat Worasub, “BFF”, Chiang Dao, Thailand, Page 46<br />

After a long walk in the woods of Chiang Dao in the north of<br />

Thailand, I met June and Neung who reminded me of my best friend<br />

and inspired me to create the artwork titled “BFF”. I invited them to<br />

go down to the river to relax and talk about<br />

a photo shoot. While the three of us were spending time together,<br />

I felt the joy shared between the two girls. Being by the river<br />

among the sounds of the birds synchronizing with the sounds of<br />

their giggles not only refreshed my body but also refreshed the<br />

memories of what I had experienced with my best friend.<br />

Pokchat Worasub, “Cantaloupe”, Chiang Dao, Thailand, Page 47<br />

While riding a motorbike in the middle of the nature of Chiang Dao,<br />

in the north of Thailand, I spotted a young girl who is one of the<br />

new generations of Lisu tribe bending over, facing the ground. The<br />

‘spotted image’ caught my attention and awakened my curiosity<br />

that I had to park the motorbike and capture the moment. Was she<br />

planting cantaloupe seeds? Was she loosening the soil? Or was<br />

she looking for a treasure and about to find something exciting<br />

underneath?<br />

Pokchat Worasub, “I will find for you”, Chiang Dao, Thailand, Page 47<br />

One afternoon in Chiang Dao while hanging out with Toto, one of<br />

the models from my body of work titled “What do you think?“, Toto<br />

wanted to show me exotic flowers from the north of Thailand. Being<br />

used to seeing her as a model posing in front of the cameras, her<br />

gesture led by the search for the flowers appeared to be unusual<br />

to me. Through the lens, the unusualness was lying along the<br />

usualness depending on the perspective we’re looking at.<br />

Callie Eh, “Team Work” - Indonesia, Page 52, 53<br />

During my time in Lombok, this photo was taken as these fishermen<br />

returned from a fishing trip every morning, In this scene, I was most<br />

impressed by the fishermen’s collaboration and teamwork, and<br />

also show how skillful they act while doing this highly manual task.<br />

Whenever one fisherman came in, all the other fishermen came to<br />

help collect the fish from the nets regardless of their success.<br />

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Credits<br />

Featuring<br />

Credits<br />

Aziziah Diah Aprilya, Indonesia / @aziziahprilya<br />

Azrizal Abu Che, Singapore / @iamazrizal<br />

Bill Sataya, Indonesia / @billsatya<br />

Callie Eh, Malaysia / @callie_eh<br />

Christian Tâm Schalch, Vietnam / @crispycriss<br />

Derrick Ong, Malaysia / @derrickrecordsthestreets<br />

Edmond Leong, Malaysia / @edmondstreetz<br />

Jamie Winder, Singapore / @j_blinder<br />

Kaylie Ong, Singapore / @kayliescomet<br />

Khai Yussof, Brunei / @khaidiscovery<br />

Merik, Thailand / @merik_zero<br />

Pokchat Worasub, Thailand / @queen_pokkachat<br />

Samantha Radaza, Philippines / @sammy__samsam<br />

Sansitny Ruth, Cambodia / @sansitny<br />

Sinsee Ho, Malaysia / @sinseeho<br />

Suridh Das-Hassan, Indonesia / @shazdirector<br />

Thet Oo Maung, Myanmar / www.thetoomaung.us<br />

Zach Driggs, Vietnam / @slightlylost_x.jpg<br />

Thanks to<br />

Steve Aston, September Withers, Feclitiy Awdry,<br />

Kasper Ledet, Adulaya ‘Kim’ Hoontrakul,<br />

Tom ‘Disaster Tourist’ Whitaker,<br />

Nadja Houben, Darbotz, WeFilm Phnom Penh,<br />

Southeast Asia Globe, Edmond Leong,<br />

Kimberly De La Cruz.<br />

Page 7 / Samantha Radaza, Leyte, Philippines.<br />

Pages 8-11 / Aziziah Diah Aprilya, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.<br />

Pages 13 / Christian Tâm Schalch, Sàigòn, Vietnam.<br />

Page 14 / Callie Eh, Yangon, Myanmar.<br />

Pages 15-19 / Edmond Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.<br />

Pages 20,22 / Bill Satya, Jakarta, Indonesia.<br />

Pages 24,25 / Jamie Winder, Singapore.<br />

Pages 26,27 / Bill Satya, Jakarta, Indonesia.<br />

Page 28 / (Top and bottom Left) Khai Yussof, Brunei.<br />

(Middle left and centre) Azrizal Abu Che, Singapore.<br />

(Bottom right) Thet Oo Maung, Myanmar.<br />

Page 29 / (Top centre and middle right) Samantha Radaza,<br />

Leyte, Philippines. (Top right) Zach Driggs, Ho Chi Minh City,<br />

Vietnam. (Bottom right) Kaylie Ong, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam<br />

Pages 30,31 / Christian Tâm Schalch, Sàigòn, Vietnam.<br />

Pages 32,33 / Callie Eh, Yong Peng, Malaysia.<br />

Pages 34-37 / Derrick Ong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.<br />

Pages 38,39 / Merik, Bangkok, Thailand.<br />

Pages 40 / Christian Tâm Schalch, Sài gòn, Vietnam.<br />

Pages 45 / Edmond Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.<br />

Pages 42, 43 / Derrick Ong, Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia.<br />

Pg 46 / (Top) Suridh Das-Hassan, Siem Reap Cambodia.<br />

(Bottom) Suridh Das-Hassan, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia.<br />

Page 47 / (Top) Sansitny Ruth, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.<br />

(Bottom) Suridh Das-Hassan, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.<br />

Page 48,49 / Pokchat Worasub, Chiang Dao, Thailand.<br />

Page 50, 51 / Christian Tâm Schalch, Bãi Biển, Vietnam.<br />

Page 52 / Samantha Radaza, Leyte, Philippines.<br />

Page 53 / Christian Tâm Schalch, Bãi Biển, Vietnam.<br />

Pages 54,55 / Callie Eh, Lombok, Indonesia<br />

Pages 56-58,60,61 / Derrick Ong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.<br />

Page 62 / (Left) Sinsee Ho, Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia.<br />

(Right) Sinsee Ho, Luang Prabang, Laos.<br />

Page 63 / (Top) Sinsee Ho, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.<br />

(Bottom) Sinsee Ho, Luang Prabang, Laos.<br />

Pages 64,65 / Zach Driggs, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.<br />

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