The Lost Souls of Malacca

This was a totally new way of dealing with death to me.

Malacca is a small seaside town in southern Malaysia. It has many Chinese residents, a majority of whom are still quite poor. When the family members die, there is usually very little money to give them a grave in a graveyard, so there are a multitude of shrines and temples in which families erect these miniature tombstones, stacked deep in rows. There are thousands and thousands of them. A photo is attached to each one, and most waste away with time. A few solitary ones remain behind.

In other news, there was a recent interview by the Homebody Blogger that I have been meaning to post. It has the over-the-top title of “Master of HDR Photography, Trey Ratcliff”. Well I don’t know about all that (!), but here is a link to the interview for you.

Lost Souls of Malacca

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  • Catalin

    Love this shot. Very moody!

  • Zak Shelhamer

    yeah powerful photo! crazy to think about. thanks

  • Stuck In Customs

    Thanks. Yes… I have a few from this place.

    There was a nearby shop that sold all sorts of things you can buy to burn at a small nearby pyre. That is an interesting story in itself too.

  • Dod McKnight

    A very poignant shot Trey, and a nice vignette treatment to the shot, well done

  • Asyraf Ahmad

    Nice shot Trey…like this very much..

    another thing that you need to know Trey…Malacca also have an entire industry that produce goods exclusively for the dead…

  • Collin Strohbach

    Very nice shot… Gives you somehow the shivers wish is good cause it means it touches!

    Tell me, this Interview at this blogger site never took place? He invented this?

  • Jess Hughes

    This is a very haunting image. What a unique way to honor the dead – it’s a far cry from the “tomb city” image from Argentina that you posted somewhat recently! It’s amazing how many different ways people have come up with to remember their deceased loved ones, and yet it’s all a means towards the same end. No pun intended.

    Great interview as well, Trey. I like your advice for aspiring artists. :)

  • Gail Moshier

    A very haunting picture, indeed, Trey. So many different customs when it comes to honoring our loved ones that have left us. I have noticed that more and more here in the U.S. are including an image on gravestones. I, personally, wouldn’t do that as I would like to remember them alive. But it will give future generations a look into the past. Thanks for sharing your work with us and the link to your interview!! :-)

  • Patrick Ahles

    Magnificent mood, so very different then we’re used to.

  • scott webb

    A very powerful image of honoring the passing of people/family.

    I’ll have to check out the interview because I’ve listened to the others in the past and found most things discussed in line with my thoughts and path. One day hope to meet up during an HDR photo outing.

  • Sylvia

    This tells a story so simply and beautifully. Well done.

  • Jupp

    Fantastic blog, fantastic template and beautiful pictures. Congratulations

  • Scott

    I am a budding photographer, an amateur at best, and thought I would thank you for your blog. Taught me a lot. I put something together using HDR on YouTube that combined HDR photography, music. Here is the link:

    I wanted to just send an email, but I can’t figure out how to contact you through your blog.

    Again, thanks for your help!!

  • Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all!

    Collin – I am not sure what you mean by your question. It was an email interview… I just wrote back the answers via email for publication.

  • casusan

    Awesome interview Trey – and wonderful shot and story!

  • Joey de Weerd

    Very emotional image !!

  • Collin Strohbach

    I was just confused by “Well I don’t know about all that (!)” but realized by now that this was referring to the Title “Master of HDR Photography, Trey Ratcliff”. I thought you didn’t know about the whole interview ;)

    Hey Trey, it would be an honor for me if you could check out my latest HDR Images which practically only exist cause of the inspiration you gave me ;)
    Could take some honest and constructive critic!!

    Of cause I will understand if you are to busy!

    You are my Hero!!!

  • kimberly

    eerie and beautiful – Trey, you are the dopest of the dope dude. I love your work. You are amazing.

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