My Friend... Tikbalang


**Let us know a little bit more about who you are and what your present

Let us know a little bit more about who you are and what your present
life is made of.

I’m Bam the Tikbalang and I’m a mid thirties radiologist (I fix radios, hahaha) currently not sure where I really wanna be in the world (mid 30’s crisis?).

And how do you wish your future to look like? Will it be digital or analog?

A mix of both. Technology makes life convenient while analog makes life richer. I wish I was richer :P

When, how and why did you become a lomographer?

I started dabbling in it when I realized there has to be a world out there that I’m not really seeing. My life has been always about getting from point A to point B. I never bothered to appreciate what was along the way. And with Lomography, I got to see thing in a new and vibrant life. It felt like being reborn or regaining my vision.

Do you remember the day you took your first shot? How old were you?
Which camera did you use? How did you feel?

Yes it was in my room about a year and a half ago. My first camera was a Holga. It was incredible how the Holga made mundane scenes so surreal. It was eye opening to say the least.

What is your favorite Lomo camera and why?

It still has to be the Holga. Its like what Forest Gump said about chocolates: “you never know what you’re gonna get”.

Have you ever been disappointed by a Lomo camera? Or did you ever
experience a looooong “taming” period with one of the lomographic
cameras until you finally got the result you were expecting? Which one
was it? And where was the frustration coming from?**

disappointment is when your expectations do not match up with the actual results. I never try to expect anything from my cameras. I give them free reign, and thus, am never disappointed. I have disappointed myself on occasion (like leaving lens cap on or forgetting cam was on B mode) but my cams have never disappointed me.

What is your favourite Lomo tip/trick or the technique you master the
better? Show us an example!

DYI Redscaling is one of my favorite ways of getting sepia without spending an arm and a leg for b/w film.

Let us see your favorite shot and tell us more about it!

Check out my shots and I’ll let THEM tell the story!

written by cruzron on 2009-01-05 in #news #interview #lomomanila #tikbalang #my-friend


  1. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    Interestin my friend interview.. but i thought mattcharnock's was the last interview.. and he picked me for the next interview.. sosurely the net interview should be him interviewing me????

  2. grenoouille
    grenoouille ·

    Yep... I thought the purpose of My Friend was an interview of a lomographer by another lomographer. It's the 3rd (4th?) interview by cruzron (LSI), each time with the same questions (which are the questions I originally made for tom_ashor_bhaan). I was expecting something a bit more imaginative, reflecting the personality of both the interviewee and interviewer, rather than a boring copy/paste of the same questions...
    Despite all this it is always nice to get to know somebody new and I'm happy to meet Tikbalang!
    But please try to renew the questions a little bit before it gets damn boring! Thanks!

  3. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    i've answered and matt and i have submitted my responses to matts new questions, and i've almost written my questions for my myfriend!!

  4. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    hi hanspan! don't worry about it, the reason for this is that there will be 3 My Friend threads from now on.

    hi grenbouile! Sorry that you feel that way and I'll try to be less boring from now on.

  5. hanspan
    hanspan ·

    Cool So 'm carrying on then?

  6. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    i like you Bam,u r one cool lomographer~!! and u have a special personality.. and your holga shots are superb~!!!

  7. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    the shots are well chosen! so colourfull and high in contrast. like them. lomo on

  8. tikbalang
    tikbalang ·

    Hooi and mephisto19: Thanks for the comments guys!

  9. jcgepte
    jcgepte ·

    awesome feature!

  10. kirri-joy
    kirri-joy ·

    capital shots! :) especially the building one at the end.

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