Not sure why but I seem to have a tendency to post new blogs right before an appointment and more often than not, only manage to upload the pictures just in time to head out. In 10 minutes, I’m meeting someone for coffee and a chat at Soi Hing Coffee Shop and I’m still pondering what to write! My not-so-famous last words: Gotta run, words later!
The intention of this post was not for readers to guess where these were shot but was merely my efforts to document some of the old—very old—and mundane places in and around Seria town. However, as Jasmine’s comments came in before I had a chance (after coffee with a friend) to even start writing, I’ll just proceed to confirm that the pictures from the second onwards are indeed of the defunct MARINA theatre. It was at this theatre where I gave out a lot of TOY STORY tee shirts and complimentary tickets for the Seria Premier (promoting the first computer animated movie made entirely on the Sun Microsystems server farm). The long queue looked promising but sadly, pirated movies eventually killed the cinema business and the building has been left in a derelict state ever since.
Many Seria residents who have lived in this town long enough would remember this cinema billboard. It’s not exactly the thing to be sentimental about and the present generation of kids would not pay any attention to this board that’s blistered with rusty staples.
However old, however locked down and ignored this theatre may be, until it’s torn down and a new estabishment takes its place, it continues to be a Seria landmark and a photographic opportunity for the self-initiated. As I venture deeper into stock photography, I begin to see art in the mundane of things and try to develop of sense of the ‘foreign eye.’
© Jan Shim Photography
Feel free to take a stab at guessing the location of the first picture. It’s in Seria and not Kuala Belait as Jasmine had guessed. The state of the window is interesting and is open to interpretation of sorts. If you noticed, there’s a visible iron bar in between the window pane and bricks. I have not figured out what shop this wall belongs to but that would just give it away without breaking a sweat!