25 March 2016

Portraying Malaysia's Ethnic Mélange

Malaysia is an interesting multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society. While Muslim Malays make up a 50 % ethnoreligious majority, there are also c. 25 % Malaysian Chinese, c. 15 % Indigenous aka Orang Asal (e.g. Dayak, Orang Ulu, Kadazan-Dusun, Orang Asli), c. 5 % Malaysian Indians and a miscellaneous group of c. 5 % Others (e.g. Eurasians). There is hence also a profusion of faiths and religions, with Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Sikhism and even Shamanism on the map.

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; outdoor; nightshot; flash; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; female; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; incredible; beautiful; adorable; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Borneo; Sarawak; Kuching; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Dayak woman; Kenyah woman; Kenyah headgear; Dayak headgear; red lips; tribal costume; beauty; teeth; festival; consent

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; outdoor; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; female; adult; makeup; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; incredible; beautiful; adorable; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Borneo; Sarawak; Kuching; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Dayak woman; Bidayuh woman; Bidayuh hat; tribal costume; beauty; teeth; festival; consent

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; indoor; flash; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; male; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; handsome; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Borneo; Sarawak; Kuching; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Dayak man; Iban man; tribal shirt; teeth; holed earlobes; stretched earlobes; holes in earlobes; ear plugs; consent

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; indoor; flash; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; female; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; beautiful; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Borneo; Sabah; Kota Kinabalu; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Malay woman; non-hijabi Muslima; beauty; cap; consent

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; outdoor; world; cultures; cultural; character; people; adult; ethnic; local; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; incredible; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; one person; Langkawi; Kuah; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; beautiful; Malay woman; beauty; adorable; beautiful eyes; traditional; Malay bride; blue hijab; blue wedding dress; female; henna tattoo; hands; bridal henna; henna hands; mehndi; happy; makeup; bridal headpiece; teeth; Malay wedding

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; outdoor; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; female; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; incredible; beautiful; adorable; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Penang; Georgetown; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Chinese woman; young Chinese woman; beauty; teeth; festival; Chinese New Year; Chinese dress; red; consent

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; outdoor; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; male; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; handsome; red; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Penang; Georgetown; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Chinese man; teeth; festival; Chinese New Year; sunglasses; salesman; consent

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; indoor; flash; built-in flash; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; female; adult; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; teeth; smiling; posed; sexy; incredible; beautiful; adorable; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Sarawak; Kuching; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Chinese woman; beauty; consent; shopping mall; middle class; stylish; makeup; necklace; earrings; dressed up

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; outdoor; world; cultures; cultural; religion; one person; character; people; male; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; handsome; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Borneo; Sarawak; Kuching; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Indian man; teeth; Sri Srinivasagar Kaliamman Temple; Hindu priest; Hindu temple; tilaka mark; consent

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; smoking; cigarette; hand; outdoor; world; cultures; straw hat; cultural; one person; character; people; male; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; relaxed; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Borneo; Sarawak; Kuching; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Dayak man; modern Iban man; consent

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; flash; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; adult; ethnic; local; human; face; eyes; eye contact; full-face view; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; 4 : 3 aspect ratio horizontal; smiling; posed; incredible; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur; airport; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; young Malay woman; white hijab; adorable; beauty; teeth; corporate outfit; airline; ground crew; customer service agent; Air Asia

Street portraits of Malaysian people in Matt Hahnewald's

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