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16.02.2011

strobes | lampunya
acquired a couple of strobes, 300W and 500W. together with wireless triggers and a boom stand for overhanging shots. (instruments/optical)
  photography | fotografi
my exploration into photography runs parallel to my design approach, mainly directive with the question of why rather than aesthetics. It is documentative, trying to capture meaning through sight. listed below are some of my case studies. (read more)




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19.07.2012
  quangzhou



















2011

quangzhou | china
update
 

2011

site photography |
fotografi tapak
photography of server space for local hosting company.







 

2011

photography talent |
fotografi peragawati

art direction & fashion shoot for fall/winter collection, showcasing their latest releases.
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2011

videography | videografi
update
                                                                                         
                                                       
                                                                                 


28.07.2010

horizon 1 | horison 1
I’ve been flying abit this year, rich shades of colours gradating to the horizon. such beauty, I’ve taken a few series of these from my airplane window. (archives/projects)
 





12.2009

quartz crystals | kristal
went tracking along the quartz ridge of tabur hills. it is one of the longest in this region. found some really interesting crystal samples,
so tiny I used my backlit scanner to document them. (experiments/imagery)
 

2010

batik makers |
kuala terengganu

documentation of batek makers production and cottage industries in the northern state of terengganu.








2012

photography | fotografi
the dusun
  studio 25 sabah





08.04.2009

kg. pituru laut, sabah
my first trip to the east part of malaysia. an eye opener to the vastness and richness of culture and nature. so much to learn, to understand and protect from the ever increasing need of the modern engine. (archives/photography)

studio 25 sabah
studio 25 sabah  

2009

chembeng |
the chinese version of all saints day. the headstone of my grandfather. I only have fragments of memory of him. he died when I was 2. me being here is an extention to the first step he took leaving china. it is a journey in understanding my identity and heritage. (archives/projects/projectroots)
     





29.10.2009

studio 25 darkroom
update
 

18.09.2010

portrait | potret
part of a pre-wedding album shoot. I shot this entirely on film, mainly on the hasselblad and some candids from the canon FTQL. (archives/photography)
     
                                                                                 
 





2009

tenggul island | pulau
revisit to the untouched marine life of the east coast. this time with scuba gear. never have there been so much life in so small an island. abundant whale sharks, manta rays and rich flora and fauna of the sea.
     

08.04.2009

sibu island | pulau
documentive photography. was on this island 2 years earlier. life has not changed much but the future is uncertain for many islanders long before I ever step foot there. the beauty of these islands, it’s blessing as well as it’s curse. change is inevitable, but what change is the question. (archives/photography)
                     



2009

architecture photography | fotografi seni bina
photography of corporate buildings at changi business district for a local leasing company.
       


                                                                           


2009

portrait | potret
poker master, akmal fariman. master tournament session at our local bar and restaurant.
 

2008

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.
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28.11.2010

half moon | bulan separuh
I’ve fabricated an adapter for my digital camera to fit on a telescope. here is my first image of the half moon on a cloudy night. image inverted for white background.

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2008

thaipusam singapore |
procession along serangoon road, little india, singapore.
   


2008

furniture photography | fotografi perkakas
photography of boutique furnitures for a local furniture company.
        self publication



























2008

self publication |
penerbitan sendiri

update soon
 

2008

hong kong |
china
hong kong in november, followed with excursions into macau, zhuhai and guangzhou, china.
                                                                                       







07.2008

film strip | rentetan foto
this is the full film strip scanned continuosly. it is my 2nd film roll taken from the kodak brownie special six-16. experimented with multiple exposures and a winding technique to produce a continuos image (frame 32 - 36 / 28 - 31). the next 2 columns are excerpts of the category taken from the experiments.









box cameras are part of my antique camera collection. I've repaired and serviced all of them to working standards, modifying some to fit 120 or 135 formats since the films they use are mostly obselete now. (experiments/imagery)









multiple exposures are a great artform technique, a sort of instant montage. mastering of light and shadow areas is important. I mainly explore this technique with film since this feature is not available on my canon DSLR. though I've found a way to produce it through photoshop. (experiments/imagery)









frame 32 - 36
taken from my window of the 10th floor in HDB bukit batok, singapore. the mrt tracks and street scene at night. experimented with multiple esposures and controlled twirling with a winding technique to produce a continuos image.









frame 28 - 31
also taken from the same window. here experimenting with multiple exposures.










frame 24 - 27
taken from the window kenn & kath's apartment window, wangsa heights. facing towards melawati area and the MRR2 highway visible. the red areas caused by the light leaks from the film count window.

                                                                                           









frame 21 - 23
a backlane in singapore's little india area. can't explain how it turned out so blue, but it was taken in mid afternoon.









frame 18 - 20
taken on a side curb right outside the studio. 31 hindoo road, singapore. a group of migrant workers fresh off the boat. probably from bangladesh or india, waiting for their medical test at the nearby clinic. welcome to singapore.









frame 14 - 17
my previous employer, albert leeflang, design director at lsd corporation, singapore at his desk.









frame 11 - 14
chris swallow, partner at that time at my desk.

     
                                     








frame 9 - 11
street peddler having a read at the day's headlines. he runs a locksmith and key reproduction stall. corner of kampong kapor and desker rd.









frame 6 - 8
the dining chairs at sakunthala's restaurant. dinner served on a plastic banana leaf plate.









frame 3 - 5
sidewalk shop, just before the red light district lane in little india. I never noticed till much later that year that the man in the picture had a serious gout problems.
   
2008

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
     
    studio 25 sibu kecil south view photography 2007

2007

sibu island | pulau
6 hour hike to the heighest point and around the southern tip of pulau sibu besar. picture above shows pulau sibu tengah / kecik, storm clouds coming in from south west. sibu tengah was taken over by a big conglomerate, in exchange to the islanders they were given lifestock. at that time there were more cows then inhabitants ont he island.
studio 25 sibu kecil south view photography 2007 studio 25 sibu kecil south view photography 2007 studio 25 sibu kecil south view photography 2007 studio 25 sibu kecil south view photography 2007 studio 25 sibu kecil south view photography 2007 studio 25 sibu kecil south view photography 2007 studio 25 sibu kecil south view photography 2007 studio 25 sibu kecil south view photography 2007      
2007

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

identity | identiti
designed a little logo for this photography club I formed with my few close friends. supposedly for a little avatar turned out to be an overdone identity. I might have too much time to spare, but I love designing. (archives/design)
 

2007

architecture photography | fotografi seni bina
buidlings of corporate singapore for a local leasing company.


2007

tenggul island | pulau
the most beautiful island along the west coast of peninsular malaysia. rich with a wide array of marine life, this island still possesses the ecology to support.


 





      studio 25 frim kepong photography

2007

FRIM kepong |
a photo expedition, trekking along streams and creeks of the malaysian rain forest.
studio 25 frim kepong photography studio 25 frim kepong photography   studio 25 frim kepong photography

2007

hulu langat |
the little town just after ampang, at the start of the titiwangsa mountain range.
   

2007

annual journal |
jurnal tahunan
archiving the photographic journey.
                               
year 2006  








2006

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.
  studio 25 angkor photography 2006

2006

angkor, siem reap, cambodia
the energy of the heritage left behind for the modern world to marvel at the spectacular wonders of what mankind can do. justapose with the reality of poverty of today's capitalis- tism. perhaps these ruins are the perdiction to our future.
studio 25 angkor photography 2006 studio 25 angkor photography 2006   studio 25 kota bahru khatijah wet market 2006

2006

kota bahru| kelantan
khatijah market,where the ladies run the show. visit to some distant cousins in kelantan. not sure how we're related, we do share the same generation name.
     

2006


malacca | melaka
revisit of the old indian temple where time stood still. this city gives out so much great energy.
  studio 25 batu caves 2006











2006

batu caves| gua batu
testing out the antique canon FTQL. batu caves, 272 steps to the mouth of the cave. mystical and breath-taking.
studio 25 batu caves 2006 studio 25 batu caves 2006       studio 25 st john's festival 2006




2006

st. john festival | perayaan
fun fair celebrating st.john’s anniversary. my parents had a sndwich stall. dancing, games, shows and lots of food.
studio 25 st john's festival 2006 studio 25 st john's festival 2006       studio 25 17 storeys, 17 stories pekeliling flats 2006


2006

pekeliling flats |
rumah pangsa
pilot project documenting the relocation of tenants from this landmark public housing. built circa 1960s, it was the first modern living under the prime minister’s Tunku Abdul Rahman. landmark public housing demolished to make way for new commercial buildings. malaysia’s then modern living comes to an end as the dream of that era dies with it.
studio 25 17 storeys, 17 stories pekeliling flats 2006 studio 25 17 storeys, 17 stories pekeliling flats 2006       studio 25 redang island 2006

2006

redang island | pulau
annual island escape. the island’s biggest income, tourists. every year the corals recede further into the sea, the environmental effect is so apparent, needless to say the social impact on the islanders.
  studio 25 pulau sibu kelong 2006

2006

sibu seahouse |
kelong
fishing from a house on stilts on the edge of the south china seas. juvenile red snapper.
  studio 25 pulau sibu kelong 2006 studio 25 pulau sibu kelong 2006 studio 25 pulau sibu kelong 2006   studio 25 chema 35
2006

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
  studio 25 chema 35  

2006

project roots |

the exploration of finding one’s origin. paternal’s great grandmother, taken on hainan, china circa late 18oos.
                                 
year 2005   studio 25 stuttgart

2005

stuttgart | jerman
face to face, design conference between germany and malaysia. autumn treesalong the shopping boulevard
studio 25 stuttgart studio 25 stuttgart   studio 25 vienna 2005

2005

vienna | austria
cobblestones, the city by the danube. arts, music and intellect centre of the known world then.
studio 25 vienna 2005 studio 25 vienna 2005       studio 25 kenneth & kathleen wedding 2005

04.2005

portrait | potret
pre-wedding album, shot entirely on film, with another photographer on digital. (archives/photography)
 

04.2005

portrait | potret
pre-wedding album, shot entirely on film, with another photographer on digital. (archives/photography)
 







04.2005

portrait | potret
pre-wedding album, shot entirely on film, with another photographer on digital. (archives/photography)
      studio 25 malacca 2005 photography

28.01.2005

malacca | melaka
my 2nd set of medium format rolls. the size of the viewfinder and the resolution of the format makes this so favorable. (archives/photography)
     

2005

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.
 




2005

redang island | pulau
my first scuba dive. the world shuts up, down under you are with your own conscience and an alien world.
     

2005

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.
 

2005


darkroom | bilik gelap
invested in a 1971 4x5" German Durst colour head enlarger. semi-permanent darkroom. sourced all darkroom equipment and chemicals from a ceasing-business supplier of darkroom supplies.
 



















2005


darkroom prints | cetakan
update soon
                                                 
year 2004   studio 25 dimagemakers

01.06.2004

d’image_makers |
pereka gambar

created a little movement as an avenue for my photography. although it was not as active, it helped me pursue my interest in photography and darkroom printing. also a design project to explore into structuring webpages. (archives/design) (experiments/imagery)
studio 25 dimagemakers studio 25 dimagemakers  

2004

darkroom | bilik gelap
my first print, and my first encounter with the magic of the darkroom. After this exposure, I was eternally hooked. photography has evolved into a different world for me to explore and drown myself into. (archives/projects)
     
2004

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 simplicity & the usability, it still is one of my favourite in my collection, though I have not used it for sometime. given away during christmas 2010.
 

08.2004

portrait | potret
my first wedding coverage, shot on my ever trusty TLR. the colours were amazing, though I was still relatively new to the camera. (archives/photography)
  studio 25 redang island 2004 photography

05.2004

redang island | pulau
the trip to pulau redang with the first roll from my TLR. just graduated from art school. I left the film undeveloped in the car for a couple of weeks and somehow got the numbering burnt into the negatives. (archives/photography)
  studio 25 redang island 2004 photography

2004

batu caves| gua batu
an early morning photo expedition with lam chin yee. his signature portrait stance with elbow out.
     

2004

cenfad | sekolah seni
graduation exhibit. 9 graduates that year.