Yasin is a man of many talents – the ardent creative behind @faceswemake, the visuals of Malaya Mayhem and half of the ‘Kota Kita’ podcast. Here, he shares his insights on powerlifting in Singapore and Malaysia, as we catch a glimpse through his lenses, and in the process, find out where to get the best fried chicken.
Okay can, I just spent 81 seconds on google, and I am now an expert in powerlifting and all its nuances and intricacies!
Later that year, the OCPI was held here in Singapore. It was probably one of the more fun meets Iʼve ever documented. Plus I got to shoot Jezza!
That same year, I also shot some stuff for another more setanic powerlifting federation in Singapore – the SPA (Setan Powerlifting Alliance) – but I canʼt seem to find the photos. Maybe I ate them along with my fried chicken. But those photos are not really important. Youʼll understand why later.
The vibes of documenting a meet organized by that setanic federation was a totally different experience from shooting a meet organized by the god federation.
The setanic meet was more fun, more chill, and more vibrant. It blew me away. I thought the god federation was the be all, and end all federation. Ainʼt no federation like the god federation. I thought wrong. The atmosphere of a setan meet was amazing, and the best part was that I managed to capture some great images!
Because of my work with that setan federation in Singapore, a meet organizer in KL invited me over to document the APA (Asian Powerlifting Alliance) 2018 Meet. Itʼs a regional level meet where some of the most monstrous and strongest men and women compete. This was when everything changed for me and made me realize that the world of powerlifting is a vast ocean and to limit it to just one prestigious federation is a disservice to the sport.
This was when I saw 220kg being pressed. This was when I witnessed someone pulling 350kg. Heck, there was a 350kg – maybe it was more – squat too!
The APA 2018 was the turning point for me and Iʼve not looked back since.
The vibe, the crowd, the camaraderie. Everything was on point. This was when it hit me that this “disreputable and illegitimate” federation is the federation that I can identify with. This is what powerlifting is all about. Raw, emotional, noisy, and to a certain extent, vulgar. And I mean that as a compliment.
What Iʼm trying to say is this: If youʼve only eaten KFC fried chicken, donʼt conclude that KFC is the best fried chicken. Go out into the world and discover other fried chicken.
The world of fried chicken is a vast oily ocean of goodness. Go find the one that speaks and clogs up your heart the most!