Journalist David ST Loh left Penang three decades ago to work for news organisations like Reuters, The Star and more recently, The Malaysian Insight.
The internationally-published Loh has spent 26 years in the media industry, of which 21 of them were as a photojournalist. He later moved on to became an editor at the award-winning photographic department of the Reuters Ltd news agency.
He left Reuters in 2016 as Editor-in-Charge (EIC) for the agency’s Global Pictures Desk and today works for The Malaysian Insight.
Previously based in cities like Kuala Lumpur, London and Singapore, Loh’s images have graced many global newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, UK Times and others. He was also part of a judging panel for the ChinaInternational Press Photo Contest 2016.
He has now come full circle and returned to Penang last year and calls this island home (again).
Since then, Loh has been exploring his home state with a revived passion, discovering new and interesting things to see and photograph, on land or from above.
(A 35m table laden with offerings during the Jade Emperor’s birthday celebration at the clan jetties in George Town, Penang)
Using a drone, he scours places that might hold interesting terrain, landmarks and features and he has not been disappointed with every deployment of the drone.
His aerial images will form a part of a curated collection of his work for an upcoming photography exhibition.
(A cruise ship at the Penang Port Cruise Terminal at dusk)
The ‘Over Penang Photography Exhibition’ is part of the George Town Festival 2018, will be held at the Eastern & Oriental (E&O) Hotel, Victory Annexe, 10 Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, Penang.
The exhibition runs from August 4 till Sept 2, 2018.
The homecoming exhibition is aimed at imparting a sense and fresh feel of how the city has changed, in tandem with the island maintaining its essence of combining heritage and progress .
Loh has been painstakingly and continuously documenting Penang Island as the island state tries to find a happy balance between progress and preservation.
(Mercurial lakes at Frog Hill, Tasek Gelugor, Seberang Prai, Penang)
“Penang,” Loh notes, “is such an amazing place where there seems to be non-stop events, activities, things to do, and places to go.
“If you are prepared to go out and look, you will never be bored in Penang.”
Welcome home, David Loh and keep “clicking” and continuing to share with us your amazing work of the Penang we all love!
(All images courtesy of David ST Loh)