Apple kicks off New Year with photo on Instagram taken by Malaysian student

Ling, 17, took this photo at the Kepong Metropolitan Park in Kuala Lumpur. — LING HOU WAH

PETALING JAYA: Apple kicked off the New Year by featuring a photo taken by a Malaysian student on its Instagram page.

The photo posted on Jan 1 was captioned “Take a step back and look at the big picture..” and featured a lone figure sitting on a pier. The image was shot by Ling Hou Wah, a 17-year-old student from Puchong, Selangor.

“I really did not expect to be featured. I took the photo in January last year and only posted on my Instagram page in July. In December, Apple emailed saying they are considering the photo to be featured on their Instagram page and needed me to provide some information,” Ling said when contacted by LifestyleTech.

Ling shared that he took the photo from an observation deck at the Kepong Metropolitan Park in Kuala Lumpur.

“I believe the person in the photo was part of a group taking wedding photos at the pier. I wanted to achieve a minimalist shot so I decided to just focus on the person looking at the water. For me, the picture is about the sense of calmness,” he said.

Ling added that he is grateful to have his photo featured on Apple’s Instagram where it has received more than 98,000 likes. He started developing an interest with photography in 2018.

“Photography is a hobby and avenue for me to relieve stress. Whenever I feel bogged down by online classes and revisions to prepare for SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia), I will take time off to shoot some photos,” he said.

Apart from taking pictures with his mobile phone, Ling also dabbles in drone photography. More of his work can be seen on his Instagram page.

Ling joins a group of Malaysians who have had their pictures featured on Apple’s Instagram page, such as policeman Azmeer Iskandar with his Terengganu beach photo, student Dinie Aiman Sukhaizar’s image of a paddy field in Perlis and Muhammad Faris Danial Mohd Faizal’s picture of sunset at Sabak Bernam.

The Apple Instagram page has over 27 million followers where it features images taken by iPhone users from around the world using the hashtag #ShotoniPhone.

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