THE saying “patience is a virtue” rings true for Jeffry Lim as he waited for the moment to capture that majestic shot.
The 38-year-old photographer was determined to get the shot of Mount Aspiring, which is in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island.
After being denied permission to fly due to bad weather, during winter one too many times, he was determined not to throw in the towel and finally got the chance to get his photo.
Lim‘s photo titled ‘Majestic Abba’ shows Mount Aspiring on New Zealand‘s South Island. It is his favourite photo in the exhibition.
While on a chartered plane, he wanted to capture the breathtaking beauty of the mountain through his lens but was left disappointed when the mountain was covered by clouds.
“I prayed and waited to get the picture. I was about to ask the pilot to turn back when suddenly the sun and clouds moved away.
“It is my favourite photo as it shows that prayers work and patience pays off,” he said when talking about his “Majestic Abba” photo when met after the launch of his “Aspiring New Zealand” photo collection at Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC).
His exhibition was launched by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia Dr John Subritzky.
The series was inspired by Lim’s travels around New Zealand with his wife and five-year-old son in 2016.
This photo titled ‘Melodious‘ is of Stone Hut Stream in Canterbury, New Zealand.
His love for New Zealand was evident through his 50 large-sized images of New Zealand’s landscapes from an aerial perspective, rarely seen by the public.
“I remember the first time I went to the country and I felt so connected to it.
“I never felt the same in other countries,” Lim said.
Being an aerial photographer, he fell in love with New Zeland due to its unusual topography in a single country with its lakes, glacier and mountains.
‘A Miracle‘ at Kahutara Ridge.
Another photo he picked as a favourite was named “Melodious”, which was shot at the Stone Hut Stream that leads to Lake Tekapo.
It is not hard to see why it was a focus.
With saturated blues, greens and browns in a single photo, it could easily pass off as a painting.
“The water is from snow, melted from the mountain into the river, which goes to the lake.
“In between the river and lake, there is a greenish bluish area that is actually from glacier sulphur,” he said.
Lim said it is a place not many tourists visit as it was not accessible by road and cannot be found on Google.
Lims photo of Lake Wanaka in Otago, titled ‘Resting‘.
“I love the combination of colours in here,” he said.
The next photo he highlighted was called “No Fear” of Jollie River in Canterbury.
“When I was in the plane, I suddenly had a sense of taking this photo and opened the door to this scenery.
“I tried to go back to the same place but I could not capture a similar photo.
“One night can change the scene due to the weather,” he said.
Lim wanted to photograph the north side of New Zealand since he captured the south in this series.
“The timing of this will depend on the funding for the trip,” he said.
A photo of Motuariki Island, titled ‘Forest City‘.
For details on the event and programme of activities, visit https://aspiringnewzealand.com/
Photos from the collection are available for purchase after the event.
The exhibition will run until May 7, at BSC, from 10am to 10pm daily and admission is free.