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