Georgetown is a quiet, charming town in Penang, Malaysia where time slows down. A place for art, coffee and food – the perfect ingredients to relax excessively without guilt. Thankfully, it makes a short weekend trip with my sister feel a lot longer than 2 days.
We take leisurely walks under the hot sun, following the street art trail left by Lithuania-born Ernest Zacharevic and other artists. Zacharevic’s style is playful and distant. Unlike Banksy, whose satirical drawings provoke, Ernest’s paintings feel like an almost forgotten childhood. Memories that restlessly linger in the streets of Penang.
We also shoot snippets of every day life along the way. A mundane street is like that quiet person people say you gotta watch out for. Detached from afar but infinitely interesting up close. Every sight, sound, and shadow is a window to the city’s soul.
Scribblings on a wall can tell you about the city’s hopes and dreams,
struggles and frustration.
Or give you a glimpse into their daily grind.
As a tourist, I can either blend into the background,
Or stick out like a sore thumb.
Luckily, in Penang I can be both.
This is the first part in a photoblog series about my weekend in Penang. Watch this space. Some pictures by Pia Facundo.