MOPA (Month Of Photography Asia) featuring Mattias Klum

Exhibition and Seminar

Exhibition and Seminar

I LOVE listen to the life stories of other photographers. There’s plenty of opportunity this month, the Month of Photography Asia (MOPA). A National Geographic photographer, Mattias Klum has an exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum and I relished the opportunity to sit, listen and watch him speak. I must thank Mohd Hisham and the kind folks over at Phish Communications for the two complimentary tickets. 

Mattias Klum on stage

Mattias Klum on stage

We often see National Geographic covers and admire them but seldom do we have the opportunity to meet the photographer listen to their stories. So, who is Mattias Klum and how did he get into photography? Well, Mattias hails from Sweden and got started in photography when he was a child. He hasn’t looked back since he got his first film camera. His work has given him the opportunity to travel to more than a hundred countries and capture that story telling moment on film and now digitally. It is really amazing how the single instant of a photograph can say so much from the photographers view and then again someone else viewing his exhibited works. Photography is like a painting with the photographer using light, absence of light, reflections, colour and motion to evoke a response in the eye of the viewer. 

Mattias has had 8 National Geographic covers and will surely grace the covers again. He says a lot of the time, he owes his National Geographic cover fame to his designers and that of the people around him. He speaks highly of those assisting him in adverse conditions – from the tree tops of the rain forest and jungles to the frozen tundra of his home country. 

Mattias Speaking About His Exhibited Works

Mattias Speaking About His Exhibited Works

Mattias Captiviated Audience

Mattias Captiviated Audience

 

There is a lot of different photographers each with their own unique style and specialisation throughout the Month Of Photography Asia. If you are an enthusiasts or a professional I’m sure there is still lots to learn from others. If not, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the story telling of the trials and tribulations to get a particular shot.

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