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!