have been busy these 2 days, making positive prints of back orders. practise makes perfect. i can safely say i could print atleast 50-60 prints a day (undisturbed). which is 30 positive prints



Had another mapping assignment down south, brought Kanta #1 interchange along. better improvement in tray construction and printing procedure. Still made alot of mistakes, especially with metering (artificial / natural) and photo paper handling. Need to do thorough test with f stop and in the field test processing in extra bright conditions.



off-loading about 16 litres of waste water to be sent for silver extraction before being safe for disposal into a sewage system


Art for Grabs / UNHCR World Refugee Day

6-7 June 2015 Kanta #1 first public debut and photo booth.

1. the art for grabs weekend in conjunction with World Refugee Day & UNHCR. the first field run for kamra #1, ran a photo booth for instant portrait for RM20 per portrait, all proceeds to the Refugee Fund. Turned out "Not-so-Instant-Portrait" and overwhelmed by number of people wanting their portrait prints. Al got bartered the yellow chair for a portrait :) thats a nice trade
2. Met up with some old friends,  it's beautiful to make pictures of smiling people. Overwhelmed by the response, people still wanting prints. Film, Print & photography is alive and kicking!
3. first public event, didn't turn out very instant. But on average it comes down to about 7-10 minutes to process shot. Thank you to the patience of the sitters.
4. The info card that explained about the project with a sample of the image. (KANTA experiencing the living form of photography - instant box camera - an art project - made from waste material - uses silver salt photo papers - inspired by the Afghan Box Camera Project- all photos will be part of an exhibition in July- all proceeds will go to the Refugee Fund - with support from the Krishen Jit Astro Fund)
5. working indoors was not what this kamra was designed to do. so hence the artificial light (strobe) and the complexities to add to the process of making an exposure
6. the photo negative, I've made quite a few mistakes where i had to recall the sitters for a reshoot. As well as opening up the box while the photo was still in development, which caused some interesting light leaks and textures. (some with my finger prints all over it). Such is the charateristics of this process and the instantaneous accidence that makes each photograph so unique.
7. The viewing gallery, Didn't have time to organise a proper viewing. A total of over 100 prints were made in 2 days (about 12 hours). Printed 46 positive prints for 61 people.
8. Alia was around for so long. But she was pretty happy with her picture. Thank you everyone for your patience, and your participation.
9. About 6 litres of waste water produced by the entire 2 days. when they're settled, it'll turn yellowish like the small bottle on the left. At the bottom is a sludge, gum base that contains silver. This will be sent to a photography shop (@Bang Bang Geng, Publika) who will sent it in for extraction before being safe for disposal into a sewage system
10. Thanks to the assistance of yew weng, deb, seksan, sumei and i'm sure countless others for explaining about the project!




just did a quick board for the photo booth at tomorrow event. First public debut, hope all goes well. Come over to UNHCR & Art for Grabs this weekend at The School, in conjunction with World Refugee Day, all photos taken will be part of the exhibition in July



light-proofing the edges, using jute string forced into the joints


test shots and reproduction under way. getting used to the kamra, timing and procedure. pics are coming out better, these are with light strobes though. for indoor shooting. prepping for Art for Grabs weekend



World Refugee Day; Kanta project will be operating a photo booth. Working hard to prepare Kamra #4 for the event.



Areas of this kamra that needed some fixing and improvements in the build. pictured here is the wax coating.

 - Being a steel can, the chemical spills have started corroding and oxidising the surface. Had to partially dismantle and apply some machine oil and coating with wax

- Safelight bulb fused, rated 2.2V, batteries at 3V. Use depleted batteries

- Custom 150mm lens still not sharp unless stopped down to f32, which needs intense light, not suitable in the field, needs a better reproduction lens

- Chemical tray cannot withstand long use, developer oxidises the plastic foil coating of the tetra-pack. Need to find a better substitute

- Fixer tray topples, need to build a platform for stability

- use surgical rubber gloves and accessible wiping cloth within box to limit exposure and contamination of the chemicals