OBSCURA PHOTO FESTIVAL 2016 – An experience | PART 1

OBSCURA PHOTO FESTIVAL 2016 – An experience | PART 1

Obscura Photo Festival is an annual photography festival that is held yearly at Georgetown, Penang. It is currently in it’s 4th edition which is also the number of time that I had missed the festival. I nearly missed the recent edition and somehow managed to salvage the remaining few days of the festival.

Like any other International Photo festival, it has became a great stop for a gathering among International photographer community prior to the upcoming Angkor Photo Festival this November. The festival has certainly grown a lot compared to its first edition where there is more serious photography discussion with the participant and at the same time with the public. It has also manage to brought in some great name in Contemporary Photography to share their view on current issues and also their perspective on their own work.

Among the program on the list that really capture my attention is the talk from Shahidul Alam on “Finding New Narratives in Photography.” and of course the International Photobook show.  I missed the talk due to my commitment for my University Faculty programs but somehow able to drop by for the International Photobook Show at INCH.

The Photo Festival starts on 15th August until 31 August although the first few days are for the Masterclass workshop while the exhibition is open to the public on 19th August 2016.

On 24 August, I finally managed to get myself free and spent the rest of the day solely for the Photo Festival. The morning was terrible as I was staying up late that night and only to get lost on my way to INCH.

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Alvin giving a stare to the camera. Looking forward to see his upcoming work on a visual diary of some sort next year. 

When I arrived there, the talk was already halfway through and the atmosphere were rather serious with a few casual laugh in between. Most of them are totally focus on the talk while some other were browsing through the books that is on display. A scan through the room shows a few people that I knew online mainly Daniel Boetker-Smith from Asian-Pacific Photobook Archives and also Sim Chi Yin who is rather famous recently with her works from China (I am a fan of her work). I didn’t notice anyone familiar until Alvin (a friend from KL who joined the masterclass workshop) say Hi to me.

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The crowd is very receptive during the talk by Teun Van der Heijden. 

The first talk was done by Teun Van der Heijden, famously known for his photobook design ‘Black Passport’ for Stanley Greene. He is a creative designer that works on photography editing and photobook design and to summarize his talk, it was more about how, why, and his preference in making a photobook. The talk was interesting as he keeps on showing example from his previous work (which is available on display during the International Photobook Show). There was a few interesting point that were discussed which I wish I did a recording of it. It was on how he recently working with a fine art photographer to conceive a photobook while despite all this, he still prefer or rather, more comfortable to work with Photojournalism type of work. There was also something that he mentioned on how working with the two genre is different and what we can learn from this and reapply to any other project in terms of visual presentation or impact.

Of course, the Q&A session were ruthless and perhaps rightly so since we are surrounded with talented photographers of such high caliber.

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The design process of the ‘Black Passport’, one of my favourite photobook ever. Current price for a copy is about 450USD. Wish I can have this on my wall for my room.
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Some of the visitor who decided to go through the books instead of taking their lunch. 
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Sim Chi Yin going through some of the photobook. She teach one of the masterclass for the Obscura Photo Festival this year. 

After the first talk were done, everyone were going downstairs to take their lunch. I already taken mine so I decided to spent my time browsing through the books that is on display. The main objective to go to such event was to gain inspiration and I am taking my time to go through someone else photography zine and dummy book. Not to mention some rare and expensive books as well.

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A collection of photobook on display. Spent a good solid hour going through the books. Immense stuff. Notice the Henri Cartier Bresson book on the bottom left corner?.

There was also a number of photobook on display and particularly those finalist and winner that have won some ‘Photobook Award of the year‘, can’t seems to recall the name of the award though. Just to name a few, there was also the super expensive Henri Cartier Bresson recently republished photobook ‘The Desicive moment’, the writing were good but I still can’t understand why it was that ‘famous’.

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Daniel Boetker-Smith giving his talk and view on the current state of Photobook Market especially in South East Asia and Australia. 

The second talk of the day is by Daniel Boetker-Smith, an enthusiastic photographer/educator from Australia. I knew him from Photobook Australia and he is also the Director for Asian Pacific Photobook Archive, big stuff.

Throughout the talk, he discuss the current state of Photobook market especially in Asia and how aspiring Photographer that want to publish a photobook can do so for themselves. There was also some discussion on the pro’s and con’s of self publishing where opinion were threw in by some of the audience. Since I had no such intention to do a photobook at the moment, I tend to ignore the whole talk apart from the Asian Pacific Photobook Archive effort in promoting photographer work to a wider audience.

A summary on what Asian Pacific Photobook Archive has been trying to achieve in the past few years is to promote the joy of Photobook viewing in a form of travelling mini library. This is achieved by joining/involved in as much Photo Festival that they can afford to. Through their effort, there is some Photography project that manage to capture the attention of a Publisher and from what they said, there is a follow up collaboration with the photographer.

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Waiting for the program to start. Beer is on sale by the way.

The next program of the day is the Projection Night “Judgement of Line Orientation” curated by Anshika Varma, which if I was not mistaken, a Photo Editor for NGEO India.

One irritating things that I don’t really like with the Photo festival is that the programs doesn’t start punctually. But this is understandable and can be well tolerated as most of the participant and audience has probably been tired from following all the program for the past few days.

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The hardworking people behind Obscura Photo Festival and of course, the big ass projector. 

Before the projection night starts, they were giving out some handouts that gives some short description on the selected photography works and also the curator statement on the slideshow.

Here are some of the short writings on the projection;

“Judgement of Line Orientation stems from exploring social structures created for people to find a sense of belonging as a community. The works included explore and question the act of creating such norms. These questions become more relevant in the context of our current times when constructs are blatantly exploited by the politics of nations and its powerful to divide. The photographic interrogations included draw from a strong base in the photographers personal thoughts or politics. For the curator, it questions the need and relevance of these structures and its impact on how we choose to live our lives today. The curation questions the formation of our multipletures and its impact on how we choose to live our lives today. The curation questions the formation of our multiple identities for nations, religions, mythologies, families and gender homogenization and its subsequent politics.”

  • Aapo Huhta – Ukkometso
  • Alejandro Chaskielberg – Otsuchi Future Memories
  • Andre Fernandes – Killing Kittens
  • Diego Moreno – Guardians of Memory
  • Dragana Jurisic – Yu the Lost Country
  • Kosuke Okahara – Ibasyo
  • Laurence Rasti – There are no homosexual in Iran
  • Magda Biernat – Adrift
  • Vasantha Yogananthan – Early Times
  • Yoshikatsu Fuji – Red String

The projection showcase a bunch of visually interesting narratives that really challenge the common society thought on a bunch of issues such as cultural minority, mentally challenged, and also towards understanding the common theme such as love. There is a lot to learn from it as well and hopefully it could go through (in some way) to the works that I had been working on myself.

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Daniel questioned the narratives and objectives used for the projection. 

After the projection night was done, I was somehow been able to join a group of friend for late supper before taking our time to take pictures of some people burning offering to the god. It’s that time of the month in Chinese Calendar and the whole town seems geared towards it as well.

Another late night stay before tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

Camera : A companion

Camera : A companion

For those who know me personally, I am probably best described as that annoying bastard with a camera (probably). Clicking and snapping picture in random situation, like when its raining heavily and suddenly someone ran across the street without any umbrella!, its going to look nice on frame and guess who will be missing from the group?.

Taking picture has became a second nature for me and what started as an interest has somehow turn into a habit; an addictive one at that. Mind you, I started ‘photography’ when I got my first smartphone in high school and that was more than 9 years ago.  Within this so called ‘journey’ in photography, the one thing that has always been loyal by my side is non other than my beloved camera. After all, what is a photographer without a camera?, an eyewitness?.

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Camera is to be brought to for an adventure for the sake of happy memories.

Camera is also the reason for a photographer excuses in many situation; for it might as well be called their source of superpower.

“What are you doing here?”
“I am a photographer Sir!” as you wave your Leica around
“Okay” followed by a slow thumbs up.

“Can I take your picture?” as you nudge your Nikkor lens slightly.
“Sure, why not?”

“Can you let me in?” while slowly raising your white luscious leather covered L lenses camera.
“Sure, just enjoy yourself” as the bouncer open the door for you. Sounds of some techno song struck through your ears. 

Of course, none of the dialogue is true. It probably happen to someone but its plausible at most. Having a camera by your side is like having a free passport to anywhere, you will never be short of excuses if you are clever enough. After all, the camera is your sidekick or in some cases, your Wingman.

Camera is a companion that most photographer choose and consider as a set of tools. You can liken it to a knife that the chef would choose to make the right cut or a soldier who choose which gun caliber suits best for a situation. Camera is a tool for the professional where its uses can be very specific rather than subjective.

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I choose  Ricoh GR as my main travel camera mainly because of the size and the ability to be charged using powerbank. Have I ever mention that the 28mm lens is very good?.

   I personally have 6 different camera, each have a rather different use as I see fit. From a Ricoh GR for a casual day-to-day shooting to a Sony A90 for a rather serious attempt or maybe vise versa . I also use film camera for a certain photography project that I am currently working on. The reason for using a film camera has more to do with how using the camera alter my usual approach to my subject than the actual final output from the film camera.

“If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura.” 

– Nobuyoshi Araki

 

We photographer need camera and the need varies depending on our intention. Of course, an artist never brag about the brush that they are using but they still going to have a set of it to make a painting. To imagine how this actually work, think about Hajime Kimura works in color or Henri Cartier Bresson using the large format camera, can’t really imagine how their picture would be right?. Specific demand require specific camera, so choose the right partner.

Still, everything that I mention here doesn’t justify the urge to get all the best camera in the world (My dream camera is the Pentax 645D). You only get what you need. Like someone I met few years ago said, photography is a bit like marriage, you need to balance everything considerately or risk losing everything.

End of rant.

 

 

 

UTATANE by Rinko Kawauchi | A thought

UTATANE by Rinko Kawauchi | A thought

I remember the time when a friend of mine happen to brought some photobook from Japan. We were hanging out at a friend place at 1Borneo Shopping mall while discussing some geeky stuff on Photography; mainly on famous photographer and camera equipment. The topic that suddenly came out during that time was how Japanese photographer had a rather peculiar way in approaching photography. Araki with his cheap porno shots (not that I have a problem with though) and Daido with his understanding that everything has its beauty.

As we finally agree on that matter, another friend of mine happen to brought a photobook of his personal favorite photographer and I recall the way how he describe it as “Soft, serene, poetic” through Facebook message. I was skeptic about it for a while and a few pages through the photobook confirm my thought beforehand. It was more of a “Mundane, cliche’, flat”. I found the photobook to be boring for a while with no obvious narrative apart from its suggestive title and the book was none other than those of Rinko Kawauchi.

I wasn’t a fan of people using the highly popularize lomography tone (I used to refer the soft pastel color tone of Rinko work as Lomography tone) on their work and while Rinko works isn’t exactly ‘cross processing’, but it’s the fact that she use the film negative to create a soft tone images was very distasteful in my opinion at that time. I see it as a cheap way to romanticize a mundane scene and amateur photographer around the world have been copying her style to utter failure.

Rinko Kawauchi is a highly successful international photographer but I haven’t really consider much about her work until few years ago during Zhuang Wu Bin workshop. He mentioned some photographer who has successfully document their family life and one of them is Rinko Kawauchi. I was shocked, not because of her mesmerizing visual photograph but the fact that there is another side of Rinko Kawauchi that actually document stuff (yeah, I know). The misunderstanding was entirely my fault to begin with. Rinko has always had a clear concept in her mind and it was just me being oblivious in making a certain statement without actually bothering to give it a second look.

The book that was shown during the presentation was ‘Cui Cui’, a compilation of Rinko family photographs that was taken for the last 12 years. The fact that it took her 12 years to compile such collection of impressive photograph is a feat in itself and in photography, the sentimental value of a photograph increase overtime. Such was the editing itself was impressive and it has shed a new light on Rinko Kawauchi, she is a fucking genius!.

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The cover for ‘Utatane’

Sadly, the book is not mine and getting it online is rather hard as well since the book is no longer being printed. I needed a reference of her work to remind myself of my own shortcoming, or more like an inspiration for future work. The only book that I could get was ‘Utatane’ from Foiltokyo, part of the 3 early photobook that she published during her debut in 2001; which also earn her the 27th Kimura Ihei Photography Award .

PRINTING QUALITY

Much of the quality of Rinko work comes through the vibrant color of her photograph which can only means that the level required for the printing should be nothing less than good. Foiltokyo is a well known photography and design book publisher, so there is no such flaw to begin with as the book binding and choice of paper is rather appropriate given the price and the size of the photobook.

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Just to show how clever Rinko is in allowing the reader to interpret her work. I assume this is probably a relationship of the bubble being fragile similar to the thin line that is holding the two thread. 

NARRATIVE AND SEQUENCING

The thing with Rinko’s photo editing and sequencing is that it never really get boring. seriously.

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ALL OF US WORSHIPING TO THE ONE AND ONLY ALMIGHTY!!! (You can make up what you want to say)

I am sure that a lot would argue with the fact that all the picture that Rinko took could be taken by anyone, it’s so fucking simple. True, but not all of the photograph is that simple and many people had try to copy her ‘style’ before and fail miserably. The main reason is simply because I believe she has a lot of photograph to work on (or to choose from) and she sequence all her photograph in a form of pair which could either form a relationship between the two or against it.

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From dark to light, a sequence on surprise. This one is my favorite. 

The sequencing can be funny sometimes, interesting on the other, clever in some part, and simply weird in many way. It’s very hard to pinpoint where the narrative is going through for ‘Utatane’ but this is the kind of editing that allow you to enjoy the entire series even though you had left it on the bookshelf for years. ‘Utatane’ means ‘Siesta’ which according to the definition from Google, its a noun that state “an afternoon rest or nap, especially one taken during the hottest hours of the day in a hot climate.”. So her editing did in many way reflect that; a short dream that happen when you took a nap.

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Sometimes Rinko also add in a similar visual element to pair up for the editing. The timing within the pages is rather refreshing. 

‘Utatane’ is not as famous as her other series such as ‘Aila’ and ‘Illuminance’ but it does give you some insight on how his dreamy looking series works. There is simple brilliance throughout the book and you can feel the warmth of summer Japan all from Rinko personal perspective.

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Again similar visual element being used as a pair. Maybe our sky is just a big washing machine to the alien above. 

CONCLUSION

Need some warm sunshine feeling of Japan?, grab a copy of ‘Utatane’ and immerse yourself in it. I did notice that her other series (Illuminance and Murmuration) is also impressive but for now, this would suffice to satisfy my curiosity on Rinko’s work.

Until then. Or when I get some spare cash to spend.

MID 2016

MID 2016

All is well so far for 2016.

As for my University life, all the thing that I try to do from my ‘New year resolution list’ is slowly being done but of course apart from my love life; which is as miserable as it always is. So far for this year, I manage to get into my first architecture competition at the end of last year and managed to get third place out of 20+ participant from all over Malaysia. I also got myself busy with some extra-curricular activities which I try to avoid before in the past, something that I try to actually get myself involve in a different circle of people and at the same time improve my time management skill.

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Part of my presentation board for my design studio.

The thing with my semester break this time is that I will be involve in a several events few weeks before the next semester start which means my ‘holiday’ is not exactly 3 months but only for a solid 2 months. It did force me to change my mid-semester plan short as I did plan to take several design commission but nevertheless, I happen to work at my old company instead since they are short in staff at the moment (a rather surprise decision actually). This in addition will help me ease through next semester financially and hopefully funds me to do something interesting on the next semester break.

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That final project feeling.

Coming back to Labuan for the semester break allow me to be more collective in thought, like considering how much had I progress so far in life (Current Level : 24, 2456 EXP required to the next level) and focusing on what to do next. Photography wise, it’s time to get back to my previous work and to actually review my past work. There is this wise photographer once told me that you need to detach yourself from your photograph that you took and guess what happen when you been away from looking at your photograph for like a year?, that awful nauseating feeling of seeing a newbie works!.

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A remnant of my past documentation work on Labuan. 

True enough that some of the photograph feels as if it works when I show it to Wu Bin last time but now I realize how true his opinion is, it just doesn’t work, composition wise or technical wise. Maybe it’s time to be more ruthless when it comes to editing my work and to be a more tougher critic of my own work.

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A rather slow process to get everything in perspective.

Going back to my contact sheet for my ‘The Promised Bridge’ long term photography project, maybe, just maybe I finally get a grip on what I actually been seeking through the project; that mundane melancholy of Labuan itself.

This will be another tiring mid-semester break all over again.

 

IT’S 2016.

IT’S 2016.

 

Exam is done and home here I come!.

Its been a long day of flight for me and I just finished organizing my workdesk for little bit. I guess the right thing to do now is either to read a few pages of Haruki Murakami or finish this blogpost which has been in draft since last year. (pun intended)

Looking back at the stuff that I manage to do last year, I would have to say that it’s been another great year. Continuing my study is perhaps one of the major highlight of the year because I am leaving a rather comfortable job as a Junior Architectural Designer. It’s been a great 3 year stints at the firm but I foresee a rather bleak future where I am unable to reach my true potential as a mature professional.

At the start of the New Year, my former mentor, Steven Lee post up a rather interesting request to all his photography friend. The request were rather simple where everyone post up their own definition of photography along with their Favorite photograph that define their understanding or style of photography over the year. This simple question has a really strong effect on me at that time since I will busy with my study for the next few years, where would my photography work would go?, or will I be able to retain the same curiosity and vision to produce a great series of work in the future?.

“Photography started out as an excuse for me to go out and getting away from my family and still is one of my favorite excuse to stay late while hanging out with my friends. Over the years, this excuse turn into a routine that has became part of my life where the act of capturing a ‘great’ photograph become more as an act of preserving thoughts and memory.

Few years ago, the worlds seems big with Photography but now my work has become much narrow in perspective and I am slowly turning into a selfish photographer that only concern with my own fetish of my surrounding. Certainly, I consider myself as a good photographer, just not a great one.” – Kelvin Ah Kian

That was the same comment that I post to Steven on what photography means to me. There is probably a sense of ego and humility in my post but being honest is all I had for it. For those who had been following me on facebook over the years, It seems that I have nothing new worth showing up  on facebook. True but not because of artist block or anything, I just have been very selective on what to show and what not.

So for 2016, I have my own resolution that hopefully will allow me to be better as a photographer and much more focused on my interest, especially on student lifestyle or maybe landscape. Part of the thing that I will focus on for the rest of they year is probably as following;

GET BACK TO THE FUNDAMENTAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Philip Chong (one of my earliest online mentor) always stress before that any amateur photographer should master the true basic fundamental of photography which consist of 5 point (if I was not mistaken) Shutter, ISO, Aperture, Composition, and probably type of lenses?. But that is not the point, the rule is that once you have master all this point, understanding other photography genre is easy and the same thing apply when you try apply a certain idea or concept into your work. Surely since my Ricoh GR has been performing well on most situation, my photography skills has been a bit dull compare to the time when I use my old Nikon.

So I am going to refresh myself by going through some photobooks by Henri Cartier Bresson, a hero that I sought after, before I hit the shorelines around the Island in the next few months (Labuan or Penang).
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The Ultimate camera.

REPLACE MY COMPANION FOR THE YEAR

I am a fan of football.

Not a fanatic, just a fan, especially on Arsenal FC, the current leading team for the Premier League 2015/2016. Similar to football, you need to replace or add someone into your team every season since, well, football technical strategy reason of course.

I believe I have a decent amount of gear to enjoy with to go through the next few years with my personal project but ever since one of my player camera has died on me, I have been thinking of getting something much more robust that suits my hectic student lifestyle. There are thousand of option but thanks to my limited student budget, I could only get a certain few. Surely the medical repair cost for the camera going to cost a ton so why not spend it on a brand new camera?.

The criteria should be align with my main objective for the year, which is getting ‘back to basic’ so I believe getting a film analog camera should be great. I have been planning to replace my Yaschica TLR since it suffer from a rather serious haze on the lens element but somehow getting a compact camera or an SLR camera seems a better choice since it is much more flexible to use.

CONCLUSION

Since this was written during my semester break, I will probably have a few stuff that I need to get done with before I can enjoy the freedom of roaming around the Island. Surely this year seems to be heading towards another great year and with a few photography festival that I plan to attend in the coming month, I am sure I could learn more in the coming years.

Till then, Gong Xi Fa Cai.

 

Heading on a new adventure

Heading on a new adventure

For those who are close to me in real life, they already know that for the next few years, I will be based in Penang for my further study.

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Some of the SMS that I received on the result of my University application.

After my 3 years stint as a Junior Designer in a small Architecture firm at Labuan, its finally the right time for me to part way with the company. My years at the office has been fun and far more valuable than I imagine before as I experience the real world construction industry especially in a small busy industrial island of Labuan. During my time with the company, I had manage to conceive a few large scale construction project by myself and that alone gave me a great insight which I am sure will be a help for me during my study. Nevertheless, at my age, I felt that there are still many thing that I could achieve. The decision to continue my study was a no brainer. I knew that with my result and experience, I could get into most University (which is true where I actually got an offer from 3 of Malaysia top university to continue my study). After reviewing all the choice that I have, I finally decided to continue my study at University Sains Malaysia, simply because of its ideal location/courses and the fact that there is an unlimited choice of food around Penang.

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Photography is not just about taking pretty pictures, its about preserving time and memory that will soon be forgotten by time. Shown here is some of the picture that I took and receive from other photographer.

As a Photographer and an aspiring Architect to be, this journey mark another chapter in my life. My main objective is of course to improve all the skill that I had and meeting new people. Despite being an Introvert, I actually enjoy meeting new people. Meeting new people allow me to share my idea and in exchange, gaining a few more knowledge on anything related.
Consistency is something that I try to achieve in both Photography and Architecture. After finishing a series on my father, I continue to work on the short edit for my photography project on the shorelines of Labuan.

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My fellow classmate for the next few years.

For the time being, I am working on a blog that document my student life at the University. It’s not a photography project but more like an ongoing journal on the life of an Architecture student. I am not sure how long I could keep it up. Only time could tell.

After thought on my Photography project : Between two sons (2014-2015)

After thought on my Photography project : Between two sons (2014-2015)

Few months ago, I finally finished a short photography project of mine where I have been exploring the use of old photograph with a new.

It started during my session with Exposure+ workshop program last year where I present a series of off-shore oil and gas worker in a ‘Diptych’ format. The idea was to show a contrast between the worker and its surrounding. During the early part of the workshop, I intent to capture it from a wider perspective but the main objective is somehow lost due to the subject size within the frame. I have been through some discussion with Steven Lee (my mentor for Exposure+) and we finally found a way to project the idea visually and that is through ‘Diptych’. In my opinion, there is probably a better way to use ‘Diptych’ format since it allow the viewer to subconsciously comparing the difference between the two photograph, similar to how photograph that is placed side by side on a photobook pages.
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 Earlier attempt in documenting the off-shore worker in public spaces around Labuan. It use similar format but different concept. Steven and I have this feeling that there is something off with the way the project being shown in this format.

‘Diptych’ is nothing new in the history of Photography but I always thought that the idea can be use on a different context. ‘Between two sons’ was initially started after a discussion with Zhuang Wu Bin, a renowned photographer and curator in South East Asia, during his workshop in early 2014. He gave his thought on my idea and point out the possible flaw of my approach. It prove beneficial as always and it took me a few weeks before I began taking pictures for the series. Basically its because of procrastination and nothing less.

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‘Between two sons’ was something that I had always wanted to do for a photography project, something that is personal and yet subtle in terms of visual presentation. It is used to show my relationship with my father and how our difference came to be due to the fact that we grow up from an entirely different era and circumstances. My relationship with my father is in fact great but this project is to show the little argument that we had throughout the year and the irony of the said argument. Perhaps the initial concept was to show the conflict of our relationship but it is in fact a subtle message of my love to my father. Our difference is in fact counterweight by our similarities.

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One of the few photograph from ‘Between two sons’.

Throughout the project period, all the photo of me was not a self-portrait but actually taken by my little brother or a colleague who happen to be with me for the photograph. There is something interesting from this process where despite me, the photographer, became a subject of my own idealogy, taken by other photographer, to conceive a narrative which is this project. The relationship is a peculiar one indeed and it reminds me of the discussion that we had at Chiang Mai on what makes a Photographer Photographer. The picture was not taken by me but do I have the right to claim the right for the entire series?. Perhaps the discussion could be decided on court (refering to the copyright issue between a monkey and some wildlife photographer) but I would rather not.

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My photographer on numerous session. Brought the tripod along but I found that having a human holding the camera is much more easier/quicker to execute.

I had received numerous comment and feedback after having it posted on one of Zhuang Wu Bin blog. The feedback from my audience on facebook can be categorize into humorous, interesting, and clever. Some people found it to be funny since our looks are similar (i am his son for god sake) and the fact that even at this age, I haven’t been able to settle with a decent relationship with the opposite sex. ‘Interesting’ is often mentioned for the fact comparing two different picture can somehow create an interesting visual narrative. ‘Clever’ was used for people to give me some credit on doing something that has never been done before (it’s not true, there is nothing new with Diptych and in fact the format is widely use in magazine and photobook).

Completing the project was a relief, it means I finally been able to conceive a photography project that I truly satisfied with the output. I am sure it can be better in many way but for now, the work stands for itself. I did plan to have it exhibit in some way but the scale is to small and most likely work better in a group exhibition of a similar theme.

Here I am sitting in my dorm room wishing for the Malaysia currency to bounce back so I could finally settle my long overdue Photography website of mine.