375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 173, taken October 4, 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
While I love this shot, the backstory is a bit painful. This bridge is found just outside Kuala Lumpur, in Petrojaya.
I had just hired a driver to bring me from the city to the airport, with a quick stop in Petrojaya to photograph, before catching my flight back to Beijing.
However, after we got to Petrojaya the cab driver decided that our prearranged fee was not fair and demanded more money. This happens relatively frequently in Asia. You arrange a price, then half way through, the person giving the service decides they want more money. As the customer you then have a short period of time to decide if you feel like being ripped off. Often times, you just have to weigh the cost and benefit. How much of a pain will it be to lose the service vs. how much money the person is demanding.
On this specific day, I didn’t feel like being taken advantage of, and told the guy he could get the amount we agreed upon — or take nothing at all. He informed me that I had no choice. He said, if I didnt give him more money, there would be no way for me to get to the airport. I also decided, not to believe him. This was a mistake.
I wondered into the night to photograph the amazing city and just figured I would find a ride somehow. That somehow, was the painful part.
I ended up walking for about 20 miles before I finally I waved down a boy of around 14-years of age with an electric bike. I hoped on the back and did a hollywood style run through an airport to catch a plane.
The lesson here is … if a cab driver demands more money outside of Kuala Lumpur after 8 P.M., you should probably give it to him — and avoid blisters and missed planes.
For more photography from Malaysia and Petrojaya click here.
375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.
For an explanation of why there are 375 days in this photo series instead of the traditional 365 days, see this link. To make bets on how many days will actually pass by the time it takes Jonah to post 365 pictures, see this link.