Mesmerizing Photos of the Milky Way Taken Across Southeast Asia

Grey Chow Astrophotography

Based in Kuala Lumpur, photographer Grey Chow specializes in landscape and nature photography. All of his work is impeccable, but it's his incredible astrophotography that really caught our eye. Using careful research and sharp technical skills, Chow has been able to capture unique images of the Milky Way.

Chow's foray into photography began in 2009 when he purchased his first DSLR. Five years later, he realized that his passion laid with landscape and nature photography. From that moment forward he began practicing his skills. Now, he's constantly traveling and shooting, even teaching workshops to help people achieve their photography goals.

The Malaysian photographer's work is distinguished by his attention to detail. His photos are rich with color, with the night sky standing alone as the protagonist. Chow has traveled far and wide to get the shots he's after. At times that means spending the night looking down on Mount Bromo, Indonesia's highly visited active volcano. Or it sees him foraying to northern India's Spiti Valley in order to shoot the historic Buddhist Key Monastery under the glow of the Milky Way.

Chow's aim for excellence and desire to show people a view of the world they often don't see has helped him grow as a photographer. He's keenly aware that for many, it's increasingly difficult to ever catch a glimpse of the Milky Way due to urban development increasing light pollution. Through his work, he documents the experience only few will feel. “Every time during the shoot, I stand below millions of blazing stars, with the Milky Way across the night sky,” Chow tells My Modern Met. “The experience is so amazing and indescribable. At that moment, you can feel how tiny we are actually are facing the galaxy.”

Malaysian photographer Grey Chow takes spectacular photographs of the Milky Way.

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The astrophotographer often travels to new locations in order to get interesting perspectives of the galaxy.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Grey Chow.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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