instruments | instrumen
basically consist of the apparatus, my tools. the physical extentions to create. optical are mainly cameras, the lgith and darkroom. audible are musical instruments.
  optical
the extension tools of sight. a collection of instruments which I use to discover, experiment and create meaning with light.

box camera obscura
kodak no2a brownie model b
kodak six-20 brownie junior
kodak brownie special six-16
ansco shur shot
photak reflex 1 tlr
anscoflex
lomo chema 35
canon ftql
seagull 4a-105
hasselblad 500c/m
minolta dynax 500xi
olympus om2000
minolta dimage xt
canon eos 350d
canon eos 500d

etude 2c
russian tal-1m telescope
sotem prismatic binocular 15 x 50
monocular 2.5 x 17.5
godox TC 500
godox TC 300
  audible
leftovers instruments from my career in music. mostly untouched and under use.

nylon acoustic eac-603
steel acoustics 314 ce
epiphone dot ch
fender stratocaster plus
fender pro junior amplifier
fender champion amplifier
pearl drums rhythm traveller
kazakhstan doyra percussion

      photography | fotografi
my main exploration into photography runs parallel to my approach in design. mainly directive with the question of why rather than aesthetics. my explorations in photography are mainly documentive, creating meaning with sight. using mainly BW film. listed below are some of my case studies. (read more)




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strobes | lampunya
acquired a couple of strobes, 300W and 500W. together with wireless triggers and a boom stand for overhanging shots. (instruments/optical)
 


box camera obscura
a darkened box with a convex lens or aperture for projecting the image of an external object onto a screen inside. It is important historically in the development of photography. as an assignment about the concept of sight by light, this opened the door to the world of photography for me. plan to use this with photographic paper. made in 2002 from a box, magnifying glass in a paper cylinder and a cork to plug the viewing hole.
 

kodak no2a brownie model b
manufactured in 1907 by kodak. this model was made between 1924-33. one of the most famous of the kodak range, with a record number of over 2 million before the 1920s. it uses 116 film size with is obselete now. plan to modify it to accept 120 film format, it's still going through cleaning and servicing. a gift from a close friend, lam chin yee.
 

kodak six-20 brownie junior UK model
introduced on new year’s day 1934. it uses 620 film format which is similar to the modern 120 format except for the slight different in the spool key. tried fitting in a test roll, it seems I would need to do some modification to the key first. camera is in excellent condition. the canvas bag it came with is a great carrying case. a gift from my darling shao-lyn.
 

brownie special six-16
manufactured in 1938 by kodak. using a film format 616 which was discontinued 1984. I’ve managed to take the camera apart, serviced and in great working condition. taken a few rolls with 135 format, and have some ideas how to use 120. acquired this and the 3 following cameras for rm50 each. basic mechanism makes them all very easy to use, I’ll definitely get some interesting images from these range.

2008
experimental shots
 

ansco shur shot
under the agfa company, this camera was introduced in 1932. practically a box made out of card and wood board. it’s 1 of my favourite cameras. It takes 120 format and I’ve managed to modify the camera to bulb settings as well. I’ve only managed to experiment with 1 roll before I gave it away as a present.

2010
malacca
 

photak reflex 1 tlr
currently listed as made by pho tak company in the 1950s. takes 620 format film with is similar to 120, though the spool key is too small to wind a modern one. have not tried this camera as yet.
 

anscoflex
made circa 1950s. Not able to repair this at the moment. I’ll take it apart when I have time later.
 

lomo chema 35
found this camera in a drawer. first acquired by my father from some russian connection. not too sure what it cost back then in the 90s. only managed to take a roll in bw.

2006
experimental in bw
 


canon ftql
first introduced in 1966, canon ftql is a manual 35mm SLR camera. horizontal cloth shutter, needle meter with microprism focusing. I’ve sourced a 50mm ƒ1.8 and a 28mm ƒ2.8 lenses. also a national PE-145 flash unit. purchased around 2005 for a little over rm300. I love this camera and it is still my primary 35mm.

2006
pulau sibu, redang, pekeliling flats
angkor, cambodia, st. john’s festival
batu caves

2009
pulau sibu, sabah, FRIM
 

seagull 4a-105
my first medium format camera. workhorse through my college years. this model dates back from the late 60s. probably a knockoff from japanese and german models. spots a 75mm lense (which is about 50mm on a 135 format), produced by Shanghai Camera Factory, it’s a basic working TLR camera, totally manual without any light metering device. I bought this camera at the start of 2004 for around rm300. I love the simpleness of the usability and is still one of my favourite in my collection, though I have not used it for sometime. given away during christmas 2010.

2004
pulau redang, P&R wedding

2005
malacca, K&K wedding
stuttgart & vienna

2008
kuala lumpur

2009
poker files
 

hasselblad 500 c/m
by chance I was introduced to a real professional medium format SLR. It came with 2 Carl Zeiss lenses. Distagon 50mm ƒ4 and Sonnar 150mm ƒ4. Acquired a polaroid back and a Metz flash system for it
as well. it was early 2006 when I first set eyes on it. just over rm3K minus the add ons. has a beautiful gossen light meter that also is the winder. it is now my primary camera for film and I enjoy every shot.

2006
malacca, kota bahru
angkor, cambodia, st. john’s festival
batu caves

2007
singapore, FRIM

2008
hong kong, macau
zhuhai, guangzhou, china
kuala lumpur, polaroids



















2009
pulau sibu documentation
chembeng

2010
the dusun ng sembilan
orang asal ulu slim, broga hills
london, uk & sicily italy
S&C wedding
justin lim portrait of an artist
terengganu batik makers
 

minolta dynax 500xi
my first slr first released in 1994, cost around rm1,050 when i bought it around 1996. it runs with a 6V lithium battery and exposures all electronically controlled. I wasn’t very fond of the elctronic bit. it was around the end of consumer film cameras. I’ve used this through my early photography life. experimenting with long long exposures. it was also the camera during my early days in art school.

2000
london, long exposures

2001
early college years
 

olympus om2000
the workhorse of my college era. totally manual camera apart from the light meter, it was released in 1997, sold as a budget camera. I bought it 2nd hand off a college mate for rm500, came with 2 lenses and the flash. acquired a 50mm ƒ1.8 later on. I’ve learned so much with this camera. thought it was looked at as a budget camera, it taught me the basics of the manual SLR.

2003
shutter, aperture & portrait studies

2004
multiple exposures
 

minolta dimage xt
my first digital camera, acquired mid 2003, became my everywhere camera. it was rm1,350, acquired underwater casing later for rm700+ it was definitely my pandora’s box. It's battery life is dead and the camera has it's imperfections. i still use it for my underwater dives.

2004
pulau redang

2005
stuttgart & vienna, malacca
pulau redang dive

2006
angkor, cambodia
pulau redang dive

2009
pulau tenggul dive, moon
 

canon eos 350d scanned
bought it early 2007 for rm2K. first released in 2005, this set came with 3 lenses, battery pack and 480 canon flash. I’ve learned what it is to have a complex camera all rolled into 1. the digital age has finally caught up with me. gave this entire set to my sister. for over a year, I found myself neglecting all my film cameras. it was a worrying thought. I had to get rid of it.

2007
pulau tenggul, sibu
FRIM, hulu langat
singapore travel, architecture

2008
pulau tioman, furniture
 

disposables | pakai buang
most interesting and convenient way for shooting without pre planning gear. light and portable, spontaneous with easy tweaking with stick-on diffusers. brings back the fun and simplicity in shooting again. making the picture perfect camera, imperfect.

2009
experimental with diffusion & flash gels
 

canon eos 500d mirror
my most recent camera, released in 2009, I bought this camera brand new for rm2,564 and not long after they released the 550D. geez thats the digital age. I’ve taken many interesting images with this camera, and though it’s a pure digital camera, I’ managed to contain myself to the digital and film uses.

2009
the moon, bicycle

2010
london, uk & sicily, italy
street traffic, dusun
pudu wet market, ulu slim
thirtyfour photoshoot, store
terengganu batik makers