Touchy and Powerful portraits by Shirren Lim

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Shirren Lim is a Malaysian photographer living in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her portraits are very powerful and stand out due to their crispness, their quality and their creativeness. Shirren’s work has been described as intense and earthy with her simple composition cutting to the heart of the subject matter.


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Strangerman © Shirren Lim
I was trying to shoot some flying pigeons when this stranger passed me
by in Boudhanath, Nepal. So, I shot him instead.


Photography is a medium for me to capture the moment and an outlet for my self-expression. It is my way of seeing the impressions of the world around me as I explore them. My inspiration comes from wanting to explore the world and document it. I appreciate the people I meet, the places I go and the spontaneity in every shoot.


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Old Man © Shirren Lim
I was recently exploring Delhi India and was in Chandni Chowk doing a walking tour when
I chanced upon this old man sitting in one of the many alleyways in Chandni Chowk.



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Sadhu © Shirren Lim
I was visiting Pashupatinath temple, Nepal to take some
photos of the Sadhus there. This is one of the images.



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Sadhu II © Shirren Lim © Shirren Lim
I met this Sadhu when I was exploring Kathmandu, Nepal in 2009.
He was sitting in one of the square under a tree.



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Holy Man © Shirren Lim
I was visiting Pashupatinath temple, Nepal to take some photos of
the Sadhus there. This is one of the images.



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I see You © Shirren Lim
This portrait was taken in Mongolia in 2017 at the Camel Festival in
Bulgan, Omnogovi, Mongolia.



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The Story © Shirren Lim
This is another image I shot in Kathmandu, Nepal. I just love
the look of his face.



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Novice Monk 2 © Shirren Lim
I shot this portrait in 2015 when I was exploring Myanmar. At this point,
I was visiting a monastery in Mindat. He is one of the resident young monks living there.



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Untitled © Shirren Lim
I took this portrait in on eof the village I happened to be in somewhere in
Greater Jakarta. I just look the intensity of her look.



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Glee © Shirren Lim
This portrait was taken in Manila. He is among a few boys playing in an alleyway.
I was taking shot photos of his group when someone said something when he looked up and smiled.



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Beggar Boy © Shirren Lim
I was on my knees trying to shoot some praying Tibetans at Boudhanath, Nepal
when i felt a tap on my shoulder. So I gave him some money in exchange for some portrait shots.



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Beggar © Shirren Lim
I took this portrait of this girl somewhere in Mongolia as we were driving from town to town in Mongolia, 2017.



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Sun is in my Eye © Shirren Lim
At the Camel Festival in Bulgan, Omnogovi, Mongolia 2017.



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Beggar © Shirren Lim
This portrait was shot in Glodok, Jakarta inside one of the Chinese temple there.



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Beggar © Shirren Lim
Arman is an eagle hunter. He is a member of the Kazakh eagle hunter family at
Modon Hoshoo, Saksai Village, Western Mongolia, 2017.



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The Seller © Shirren Lim
This man is a fruit seller that I happened to chanced upon in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, India.
I shoot many different angles of this man but I prefer this the best.


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Old Man Hoi An © Shirren Lim
This portrait was taken when I was exploring Hoi An in 2017.



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