This online shoebox contains random pictures, notes, whatever. I've been a professional writer-photographer for so many years now. It's a damn good excuse to carry a camera around.

Posted By Lester V Ledesma
A performer awaits his turn at the arena during the recently concluded Masskara 2012 festivities:

Masskara


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
In this age of dwindling audiences for Chinese street opera, a father and his son watches one show at Saint George's Place, Singapore:

Wayang Boy

Under these circumstances, one young viewer is worth ten aging viewers. Hopefully Singapore's wayang will last for one more generation.

I don't think I'll ever get tired of shooting these performers. Read more about them in this photo- essay I did for The Digital Journalist.


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
.. along with smoke, speakers and a DJ, and the Ratha Yatra becomes a huge, open air party:

Rathayatra

Come to think of it, this is THE party of the year for devotees of the Hindu lord Jagadnatha. It comes with free food, lots of dancing and revelry - and three wheeled carriages bearing a Hindu lord each :)

 
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Four months into 2012 and its already been a crazy busy year for me. Ten locations in 12 weeks, so many highlights, so many new experiences. So many new friends.

1st 
Quarter '12

And it's only April 2012!

 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
A line of Apsara dancers perform for a local audience at a night market in Siem Reap:

Apsara 
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Back in '04 you had to pay for a dinner show to see this iconic Khmer performance. These days you can't help but bump into one. There are nightly shows at the Temple Bar, the Arts Market and at several night markets.


 


 
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