2020-04-29

Photojam Channel- introduction the Kanta Box Kamra

Was live online giving an introduction the the project. Thank you Ilford /  Srishti Digilife



2020-04-18

BUILD– Tong Camera

Say Hello to Kamera no.10 Tong camera (working name). Built mostly during our 'Lockdown'. It is the 5th generation of instant-portrait cameras I've built, this one a development from the main camera no.1 Interchange with many design upgrades. I have gathered many thoughts on how to make this build as simple and easy as possible, using found materials and inspired from my experience with indigenous communities here on the Peninsular with their building methods and materials used. Even some of the Tong (containers) are from their villages.

It is still not complete, because I don't have access to getting some paint/ build materials, tools and other photographic materials in the studio during this lockdown period. But I'm happy to share this new prototype range and some of the new features it will be able to perform. (Credit to FABLAB of Taipei too for helping in making a crucial part, back in November 2019).

- Much lighter about 1.5kg (below 2kg i think, don't have my weighing scale)
- waterproof! for washing
- rear standard movements (for fine focusing)
- vertical and horizontal format
- 4x5"and smaller multi-format print size
- interchangeable lenses
- colour prints (BW as well) chemical prints!
- handheld box cameras (used in combination)
- HDPE plastics, highly recyclable and remoulded

prototype no.10 Kamera Tong (working name)
prototype no.10 Kamera Tong, made in asli-asia
building the prototype
size comparison prototype no.1 & no.10
Taipei city, plastic-wear market, 20 litre
prototyping, sourced new/used 10 & 20 litre container
container backpacks, Kurau village, Carey Island, Selangor
Dave, Kurau river village, Carey Island, Selangor
Plastic supplies and kitchen ware, Chemor, Perak
indigenous household, Jemol village, Upper Perak
Building materials, Miri town, seaside village, Sarawak
found sample prototype, abandoned outpost, Upper Perak
Hen Rie, collector of container, Leyef village, Upper Perak
Palm oil estate, migrant worker, Upper Perak
Estate supply store, palm oil plantation, Upper Perak
Upper Perak, palm oil plantation
used HDPE container pile, Jemeri village, Rompin, Perak

2020-03-19

Performance– Luminous Shadow

Performance is postponed. Sorry everyone stay safe.

Year 2020, come April, I will be part of a conceptual performance in Taipei, “Luminous Shadow 浮光流影” with two other artists. A new experience, still much to prepare. https://npac-ntch.org/zh/festivals/TIFA/2020/events/program/details/13

2020 TIFA Luminous Shadow / 王佩瑤「浮光流影」音樂會

Memories Flowing from the Novel, Turning Time into A Sonata.
Memory can be luminous so as to cast shadows in time. Certain memories in life are so profound that they need to be slowly brewed and carefully tasted, similar to the process how literature is penned, music is composed, or photography is developed.

Inspired by the bestselling novel The Stolen Bicycle written by WU Ming-yi, pianist WANG Pei-yao seeks to explore a new dimension of literature and music through the complexity of life itself. Musicians WANG Pei-yao, William Wei, laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, and Victor Coo, the Filipino-Chinese cellist, perform pieces by the Eastern European composers Janáček, Ligeti, Enescu, and Kodály. Some of the pieces were based on rural folk songs collected by the composers, which then inspired them to produce compositions of their own. This process is akin to the way readers experience different dialects phonically throughout the novel. The music reflects the elaborate setup of the novel to evoke the audience’s deep hidden emotions. Jeffrey Lim, the Malaysian photographer, joins forces with the musical troupe in performance. He will transfigure the music into images for recollection, thereby allowing the stories to live on in the memory.

記憶自小說流出, 把時間走成一首樂曲。
記憶是明亮的,才能在時光中投下陰影。生命中有某些記憶太深刻,必須慢慢醞釀、仔細品味,就像是寫作、作曲或是沖洗照片的過程。

受吳明益暢銷小說《單車失竊記》啟發,鋼琴家王佩瑤將盤根錯節的生命軸線中的「記憶」化成音符,尋覓文學與音樂的全新面貌。王佩瑤、伊莉莎白女王國際音樂大賽優勝得主魏靖儀、菲律賓華裔大提琴家高炳坤等音樂家,聯手演奏東歐作曲家楊納傑克、李蓋蒂、埃內斯庫、高大宜等人的作品。部份作品的靈感來自於這些作曲家蒐集到的鄉間民謠,據以創作出他們自己的曲子。這個過程類似讀者體驗小說中不同方言的發音。音樂反映出小說中的精心設計,觸動深藏在聽眾內心的情感。馬來西亞攝影藝術家林猷進也共襄盛舉此計劃,將音樂轉化成回憶的影像,讓故事繼續活在記憶中。

2020-02-27

Ueda Shoji

Week 3- Managed to catch the retrospective of Ueda Shoji 植田正治逝世20年紀念回顧展 Ueda Shoji:Retrospective. I love his passion and determination, when he first took up photography darkroom, it was as though he built everything in his own little way. Didnt care much for the perfection, but sought to find the soul in his art. The deepest emotion I felt were his series right after the war in 1945. His family and the undying support and encouragement from his wife. After her passing, all I could see was his loneliness in his pictures.


LS project, Taipei– Week 3 meet

Week 3— 3rd production meeting before i left. Presented the landscape concepts I made over the three weeks. Yu-Ching's story board is so cute!


Week 3— Visit Gelatin Silver lab to send in timer for repair (thanks dubbing photo). Met up with Tsen, Master of darkroom printing. Workshops and darkroom services. If all else fails, I'll intern here...




2020-02-25

LS project, Taipei– Lightbox

Week 3— Headed back to Lightbox攝影圖書室 to make day portraits of the great team behind this community library, purely dedicated to the art of photography in publication and through talks, presentation and workshops. Thank you to the assistance of Luc / Dubbing photos. Its a space Free to all, with photography books donated and acquired through patronage from the public. Liang-Pin's passion and the team's dedication towards this is unparalleled, my awe to the amazing effort.


2020-02-21

LS project, Taipei– Week 3 Bamboo

Week 3— Squeezed in a visit to the great people at 竹圍工作室 Bamboo Curtain Studio, thanks Fiona for showing me around. First and oldest residency program in Taiwan! imagine that!


Week 2-3— Some thrift antique stores (thanks shih-tung), but my favourite was this antique space that took such care and passion in cleaning, documenting and archiving their old books and artefacts. I found these old prints there. Forgot the name of the store, but i told and brought all my friends there!