IN THE FIELD; Kampung Mengkapur, Pahang

Spontaneous trip into the interiors and home to Lily's extended family, hitching a ride with COAC truck up into central peninsular. So starts the next phase of the project, travelling to rural areas with the mobile kit, making instant portraits of Silver Gelatin Prints. Targeting to focus more on East Malaysia, but would base my travels throughout the Peninsular too and the region. It's little steps, I hope i'll cover some ground before 2017 is over ;)

interior road, central Pahang
camera backpacking
demonstrating how it works



ACQUIRED; screw bits from Digicolor

dropped by digicolor, getting some screw adapters, spigots and nicknacks


IN THE NEWS; mention in The Star

Star today (Starmetro section, p.12) artistic ventures

Fivearts Centre Article



IN THE FIELD; Fivearts Centre

Prints of the five members of the Fivearts Centre, another eight more to go.

a revisit to #fiveartscentre Five Arts Centre 3 years on since #krishenjitastrofund was awarded. Here to make portraits of the members of this collective to be included in the first batch of portraits, it is also the 11th year grant awarding ceremony for 2016. Good luck everyone. It's coming full circle this project, really glad to be part of this #kantaboxkamra #afghanboxcamera #kamraefaoree #cyclingkualalumpur also commute by bicycle #kantacycling ;) closest I could get to putting a Kamra on a bicycle. Thanks fivearts for the amazing continuos support & just being such patient sitters

mobile in KL, first field trip on bicycle with Kamra. Self-contained mobile field kit. in preparation for an expedition real soon. thanks June for the pic ;) 16 prints

kanta on a bike, first mobile expedition
fiveart members, 5 of 13 members taken, another 8 to go

backpack kanta, mounted for walking
first sitter, setup for portrait taking


IN THE FIELD; Sarina Yeh

Sarina was down from Taipei and I had to repay her kindness with a portrait, seksan too ;) great too see you again, hope we'll cross paths again soon #kantaboxkamra



Bringing Master Chan to meet Lau, Color dot com. first ever excursion out with masta, thanks to Mahen for making special arrangements


ARCHIVE; sorting out entire archive

sorting out 'kanta' entire archive, that's alot of prints & field trips since 2014


ACQUIRED; Monorail

Had a impromptu visit to Master Chan, to inform him of visiting the photo lab the coming week. Also took the opportunity to lookup for monorail spares. Which of course he had! A couple of mid length monorail, Korean made. For the building of a life-scale camera a.k.a Element Camera.


MADE; Ground Glass

for project Life-Scale Camera (working title Element Camera). made ground glass from acrylic sheets, 3mm frosted. although not as cheap, it's bright and durable (not breakable). had to do some restoration work on the viewing frame, needs a new felt sealant. but both formats now have a viewing glass. sizes 6.5 x 8.5" and 10 x 12". these will be the biggest camera ever assembled.

here is a reference to how i got hold of these century old plate holders & rear elements. http://kantaboxkamra.blogspot.my/2016/07/purchase.html

they are gems, but a waste if let to rot. am aiming to prepare a simpler build for demonstration by early next year, if my resources & time allow.


IN THE FIELD; JOAS Demonstration

Quick Setup; JOAS meet up with such inspiring people doing great work in the field. talking bout mapping and also about the next phase of the project. a little show & tell with a 'live' demonstration. Ken Chung volunteering as the first sitter.



ACQUIRED; large format lenses

For a new build, the next type of camera, slightly different concept, but a DIY ultra large format instant camera. working title life-scale camera. true method of making it from found materials. using paper negatives. here are a couple of lenses to expand the repertoire, complementing the globe lens.

size comparison

300mm schneider lens
486mm lomo lens

300mm package

486mm package

ACQUIRED; Traditional Clay Stove

1 september 2016; experiment; acquired clay stove, traditional rocket stove concept, for chems

5 october 2016; Starting up the traditional clay stove. it's an efficient fuel to heat ratio, although needs alot of labour to get it boiling hot. it starts fire real quick, and keeps amber very long. experiment with chemical boiling, silver visible, fumes not so bad

19 October 2016; 3rd attempt, using aluminium can. Unsatisfactory result. liquid not thoroughly boiled off, left over residue, white circular granules and thick liquid. 400ml = 2 rounds, about 20-30 sheets. need better, efficient way to extract metal from chems.

small & large clay pot stove

placed the charcoal in the wrong chamber

attempt at boiling down spent-chemicals


POP–UP Showcase; temporary

#instudio25 Leaving behind a small showcase to my works at @uppercase.asia for a couple of months. If you happen to be at Uppercase, have a look


ACQUIRED; liquid emulsion

box of 100 expired photo paper and SE-1 liquid emulsion. courtesy of Eiffel Chong

reference; emulsion rated at grade 2, at £30 + RM188


ACQUIRED; Surveyor's Tripod

searching for a surveyor's tripod for new build. Acquired a display-unit Japanese-made surveyor's tripod at RM 371 (US$ 90)

DIY tripod by Minutero Jose Luis Navarro Martin
Ej Motiwalla site
Ej Motiwalla tripod

surveyor's tripod, new 'old' stock. from a century old surveyor equipment company, est. 1885! acquired the aluminium one based on weight. the wooden one (yellow) was stronger, but it weighed about 6-8kg


World Instant Box Camera Day 2016

DIA 20 DE AGOSTO, a galera que clica com essas câmeras no mundo vai "se reunir" para uma ação de retrato na rua, um Lambe Day internacional. An international day to take out to the streets all the kamra-e-faroees, minuteras, kantas, lambe-lambes and any other kind of instant box cameras you may find.

20 August 2016 is the inaugural Instant Box Camera Day, the idea originating from Brasil, the word was spread around the world to other practitioners. Gatherings were set, cameras were prep and self-portraits were taken.

Here are some of the pictures of the celebration. The art is so diverse and alive. Long Live the Box Camera Practitioners.

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Malaysia; Huda, Jeff, Koon Yik

Brasil, Bárbara Nunes‎

Brasil lambe
Brasil,  Cássia Xavier

USA, fixed position photography
Italy, Giorgio Cadeddu Sardinia

Brasil, Juazeiro do Norte

UK, Leicester

Leicester Lo-Fi Photography

Brasil, Mauricio Sapata Sao Paulo

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Michi Rodriguez 

Japan, (Jeff) Mitsu Maeda

Brasil, Tonho Ceará


MEETUP; with Mitsu Maeda, Japan

KAMRA COMRADES; it's like finding my long lost sister, Mitsu Maeda wishing you all the best in your photography journey :). she gets the largest smile award!

Mitsu Maeda
at KL-ga collab with Tokyo-ga, Mayumi Suzuki's journey of rediscovery, through the survival of the people of her tsunami-struck hometown. Lots of heart

Mayumi Suzuki



 Late last week, a friend send this to me, closing down art centre getting rid of these two studio cameras. I'm too poor to save them, but darn i could take pics with these!

Venus Art Supplies, Petaling Street
enlarger at Pak Tai, Kuala Lumpur
what looks like a large format enlarger at the iconic photography studio in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Pak Tai is moving out end of this month. Thanks to the investigative 'report' of K Azril. found out from chi too, he's moving... next door!

large format studio camera
Acquired; meanwhile up north, studio camera 8 x 10, wish it was but not mine