We'd like to introduce Mei Lee and Jean Tan, two graphic designers from the creative team of Malaysia's Cutout Magazine. Check out their gallery and interview after they tried our La Sardina camera!
Name: Mei Lee (ML) and Jean Tan (JT)
Occupation: Graphic Designer at Cutout Magazine
Please introduce yourself in a few words…
ML: I’m Mei, like the month. Coffee drinker, reads a lot and music enthusiast.
JT: My name is Jean. I’m a person who likes to try new things. However, I am not patient. I can be very careless when I do things. That’s my biggest weakness.
How long have you been a Lomographer and how did you come across the products of Lomography for the first time?
ML: I started when I was about 16 and I saw a LC-A+ on a blog at random. However, I couldn’t afford an LC-A+, so I bought a SuperSampler instead. But I stopped in 2008.
JT: I have been a lomographer since few months ago. I snap pictures of scenes that I like.
What’s the best part of your job?
ML: The creative process. Also, learning/being able to communicate via design.
JT: The best part of my job is I can draw whatever I want because I feel like I can find myself when I am drawing. I enjoy it.
And the worst?
ML: The long hours it requires.
JT: I can’t deliver what people ask for. So, I have to learn from my mistakes and keep trying.
How did you feel when shooting with La Sardina for the first time? Have you encountered anything interesting?
ML: Excited! I saw a couple of uploads from a friend and his La Sardina before and I liked the colors the camera gives.
JT: I feel curious when I take photos with La Sardina because the weight is lighter than my digital camera. Then, I’m excited of the outcome of the pictures I’d taken. Will it look better or worse than the pictures I took with my digital camera? But after that, I find La Sardina is quite interesting and the outcome was also very much different from a picture taken by a digital camera.
Describe the La Sardina in five words:
ML: Bright, Tuna, Muted, Double Exposure.
JT: La Sardina is light and special.
What is the definition of analogue lifestyle to you?
ML: Going back to the basics. I work in an industry that uses computers and machines a lot but I still prefer working with my hands, doing things manually. Also, the unknown outcome of analogue, thrill of the unexpected.
JT: Our lives have to be moulded by ourselves and we need to modify it wonderfully so that we can have a meaningful one.
The most unforgettable, strangest, funniest or worst photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had.
ML: Not knowing how to unwind my SuperSampler and ending up ruining a good roll and screwing up my camera in the process. Oh and getting one of my rolls back to find out that I only have 5 exposures out of 36. That was sad and funny at the same time.
JT: The most unforgettable photographic encounter that I had is a hiking trip with my friends to Broga Hill. We wanted to take photos of the sunrise. It’s quite a good experience because it wasn’t just the exercise part, we climb all the way to the top for taking a good sunrise pictures too.
If you could take your camera and a sack of film anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
ML: Probably, South America. Looks like a place filled with culture and adventure. Also to visit the Caribbean.
JT: Hong Kong! I think it’s gonna be a nice place to explore.
If you could photograph anything in the world (person, place, moment, whatever) what would it be?
ML: People in public transportations. Buses, trains, etc. Capturing all the idle minds and faces, then wondering what they’re thinking about. And buildings. Buildings are interesting to take photos of.
JT: It could be the moment because moments are always able to tell a story.
Tell us something about you’ve been doing lately, like your latest project.
ML: I have an art blog; Meuyskine that I started in late 2009. It’s artworks I do in notebooks called moleskines and I post them up. It’s kind of like a catalogue of hand drawn type.
JT: Currently, I am creating logos for a bakery and beverage shop.
Can you share with us your favorite photographers?
*ML: No specific people but National Geographic photographers.
JT: My favourite photographer is Ysiang Ng. He is from my hometown, Sekinchan, Selangor. I like all the pictures that he takes. Every picture is telling a story.
What tips can you give future La Sardina users?
ML: Be reckless, see things beyond the view finder. Triple exposes one frame or even better octuple exposure. Most of all, enjoy yourself.
JT: Be more adventurous so you can get the shot you want.
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