Behind the scene 2013: On Assignment

by rahmanroslan

Lots of photographers will normally publish their best photographs of the year when it comes to year end, but i wanted to share something that i dont normally share with public. The behind the scenes moments during my assignments in 2013. So here are some of it, pictures that i have in my possession. I will update the entry as i found more. Have a great year ahead, be wise and patient.

May Allah bless us with wisdom and love. 


Shamsul Adzrin and Abie, The Badang posed for me on the way to the top of Mount Kinabalu. We were there to cover Kinabalu Climbathon.




Selfie while waiting for the runners to pass me at Rockface, Mount Kinabalu.


Jessica from Singapore being playful while competing in world paragliding accuracy last leg in Ranau.



My first tandem paraglide with World no 2, Tamara Kostic. Thanks to the yery sweet and lovely Tamara for willing to take me on board! and Goran Djurkovic for his tandem harnest!




Someone is taking my photo in Ranau. I havent seen it yet =)



Joe Cochrane from NYT having a beer while doing vox pop in Bali. 



James having a nasi lemak lunch with the laundry bosses in Penang. He followed me during an assignment and i hope he enjoyed himself as much as i do.


Me shaking hands with the great grand son of Harley Davidson, Bill Davidson during Asia Harley Days.

I made lots of friends here, amazing people, always.


An Australian Airforce plane landed in Tacloban airport. Tacloban, has to be one of the hardest place iv been to in my life so far.Image

My buddy Adli Ghazali paused as he stands on a concrete wave barrier in Tacloban. Adli has often comes with me during assignments and witness the same thing. He is probably the most chill out guy iv ever known. Image

Adli shooting a dead body in Tacloban. Its a woman, in very sad state. We ‘talk’ to the body and pray for her soul before photographing her.


Ernie, my fixer and bike guy in Tacloban stops at his parent’s grave as we visit the first mass grave.Image

Adli rushing through a hill of soil to photograph something, Tacloban.


The workers who handle the dead bodies travel in this van, Tacloban.


As i was photographing a group of people living in a tanker, i came upon a group of teenagers in one of the cabin room in the ship.

They were playing guitar and singing some familiar songs. I told them i can be the drummer, and minutes later, we are jamming.Image

Adli photographing a kid on top of a tower on a tanker.Image

This lovely little girl has a very sweet smile and plays xylophone really well. She found the musical instrument underneath the rubbles in front of her flattened house in Tacloban.Image

Adli on the truck that carries dead bodies to the mass graves. There were about 10 bodies on the truck as this photo was taken.

The smell is memorable.


First time flying in a Huey to reach to areas without road access with the most accommodating air force iv ever encountered. Filipino Airforce in Tacloban.


Taking a refuge from a heavy rain underneath USAID tarpaulin on the tarmac of Tacloban airport.Image

As i walk into a location in Tacloban, i saw this hair. I hope the soul rest in peace InsyaAllah.Image

The kid reacted to me by lying and rolling on a floor of a gymnasium, where his family lives after typhoon yolanda.

I spent some time to play with these kids as i visit their ‘home’.Image

I found this old lady lying on the ground yelling for help. i thought she was injured, but after trying to lift her up on my own, i asked for assistance from neraby. These two lovely young couple helped me out, and they later inform me that the lady crawled out

of her small tent to a make shift toilet, but didnt have the energy to crawl back in. Image

Its a wrap!” shot with Isabel and Adli at Deria’s studio.Image

Richard Humpreys on assignment in Lahad Datu, during the “war” with the Phillipino Sulus.Image

Did my diving licence with my Buddy Sofian just for me to be able to photograph a story about divers.Image

Porait of Richard in front of Kampung Simunul just before we enter. This is where few policemen were slain by the sulu rebels. The kampung is so notorious that even a local guy advised us not to go in just by ourself. Its not the smartest decision, but we went in, nd came back out in one piece. Alhamdulillah. Few days later, a guy was shot dead during a police operation in this kampung, as he attacked the police with a parang.Image

Me in the middle of a lopp of volunteers dancing during Rainforest music festival, Santubong.