The View From Above

09 August 2017

Travelling around Malaysia with a camera and drone in hand, Nor Asyraaf captures stunning photographs of landscapes, cities and communities – over 1,000 feet from the ground.

"I love seeing things in a new perspective.”

Nor Asyraaf is a Malaysian photographer, well-known for his street photography tinted with neon-like sensibilities and styles. A quick scour of his Instagram feed, @your.meal, would reveal a collection of tight shots comprising lofty cityscapes, high-contrast street snaps amid a bustling Kuala Lumpur backdrop, and more notably, aerial shots of various locations in Malaysia. 



Inspired by a group of international urban photographers in the United States, namely in Chicago and New York, Asyraaf quickly jumped on the bandwagon of aerial photography. “I figured, it would be amazing to see Kuala Lumpur from a variety of perspectives,” says Asyraaf, who’s studying Creative Videography and Photography at Management & Science University.



Each aerial shot is made to look like a surreal composition of colours, lines and shapes. When seen from above, the city appears smaller and more organised, highlighting details many wouldn’t have the chance to see otherwise.




Asyraaf would begin his endeavour by first Googling a location – either via Google Images or Maps. From there, he would venture further and take a day trip with his friends as they hunt for new locations to shoot. With every journey, new landscapes are unearthed and shot, often with a memorable story.


“A few of my friends and I were busted taking photos in an underground tunnel,” Asyraaf recalls. “I got caught by the security guard and moments after, the guard called the police to arrest me and my friends. That was my first time ever being taken to the police station for taking photos! After that incident, we swore to never linger around that area ever again,” he says, laughing.

For more photos, check out Asyraaf’s Instagram feed.
Photos by Nor Asyraaf

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