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My day for

A man sits outside of the Goddess Of Mercy temple in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Is it just me or is this mans face mirrored in this temple lion?


Today was the day the world was asked to take 10 photos of our life and share them. The brain child of I headed out early in hopes to avoid the heat. As it turns out, today was cloudy and rather cool. But I still was not feeling my best so I wanted to make a quick day of it. I headed to one of my favorite places, the Goddess of Mercy Temple in downtown Georgetown.

This Chinese Temple is said to be the first Taoist Temple built in Georgetown. It’s always seems to be undulating with life. Worshipers waving their joss (incense) sticks and chanting quiet prayers, people tossing sticks to view their fortune and of course the little old man who sits out front and sales birds. Apparently, Chinese (Taoist?) tradition is to buy a bird, then release it. By doing this you acquire good merit. I’m not sure what this means for the man who traps the birds to begin with.

Later, I drove over to the Campbell Street Market. I wandered around and soon found myself in one of the most bizarre and rather disturbing places. In the back of the bazaar there is a poultry section where men and women kill chickens ducks and geese, clean, dress them and prepare them for sell to restaurants and homes. This, I’ve seen before. But what I hadn’t seen is the preparation of what I assume to be blood tofu. They drain geese blood into small pots and then steam them. It is sold for use in different Chinese food preparations. I could’ve walked on and not taken any pictures of it. But the reality was, this is life in Penang and I wanted to record it. I’m not sure this is exactly what the people of had in mine, but it was my day and I recorded it and now I share with you.


Pigeons being fed at the Goddess Of Mercy temple in front of a sign that states, “Do not feed the Pigeons.”


In the courtyard of the Goddess of Mercy Temple in Georgetown, Penang, you will find the man who will sell you small birds to release. It is the Chinese Buddhist belief that releasing the birds will give you good merit.


Tending to his birds.



I often walk through the streets of George Town in Penang and find myself at the Goddess Of Mercy. It is a vibrant place of worship and full of life. Here a woman prays raising her incense sticks in worship.


Two old friends sit and watch life go by at the Campbell Street market in Georgetown Penang.


Old red benches are stacked in the Campbell Street marketplace in Georgetown Penang


A goose resists as his blood is drained for Chinese blood tofu. Campbell Street Market, Penang, Malaysia


Among the Chinese culture blood tofu is the delicacy. Here it is prepared in the back markets of Campbell Street in Georgetown Penang.


In the West we don’t like to see where our food comes from or how it is prepared. Yet,  in the East, as in Penang it is an everyday occurrence to see poultry prepared in the market for the kitchens of the city. Here geese are slaughtered and their feathers removed.




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Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.

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