This month we are shining the spotlight on some of our most popular and awesome community members in Singapore. They are truly from all walks of life. Today, let's meet omegaspence!
Name: Spencer Chan
Occupation: Mover & Shaker
LomoAge: 2 years
Hello! Tell us a bit about yourself.
Oy, oy! So, I grew up in Singapore, and I’ve lived here all my life, I went to a proper neighbourhood school for my primary and secondary education — Ah Bengs, Ah Lians, geeks and all the cliques you might have in a school, loads of Singlish and dialects spoken on the playgrounds and basketball courts. I’m a proper Singaporean and proud to be.
I went on to study architecture and ever since I’ve been in the creative industry. Lomography has played a huge part in the way I look at photography, obsessing over lines, angles and details. It has always been in my nature to be a watcher, an observer of sorts, city life stimulates that part of my character as there’s always something happening. I’d have to say I’m a true city slicker, though I think that I have some sort of nomadic blood in me, because of the constant want to be on the move, experience different cities and faraway lands. I truly believe that individuality is to be celebrated, even though we are all one and the same, the most inspiring qualities of humanity is its diversity in culture and the unfathomable power we have to change our environment.
How many Lomography cameras do you have in your collection?
At the moment, just one!
Which Lomography camera is your all time favourite? And which camera is on your wishlist right now?
Well I have to say I’m something of a purist, I started analog photography with a few cameras, a Minolta 7s, then the Nikon EM and a Nikon F80. When I started to be more active on Lomography.com, I got myself a Sprocket Rocket. I really wouldn’t say I have a favourite, each camera has its unique capabilities and I love each and every one of them equally. Currently on my wishlist is a medium format camera; I’m torn between the Lubitel and Diana F+!
Please share with us your favourite shots (taken by yourself, of course) ever, and tell us a bit about each photo.
This was a shot I took at the top of Roppongi Hills, in the Mori Art Museum. I was having an awesome day of walking through the city by myself, the skies were cloudy but as the sun started to set there a beautiful golden light showered the city. It was such a beautiful moment and I was really lucky to have captured this couple having tea entirely lost in the moment each doing their own thing and just being together as the sun set over Tokyo.
Despite being a city boy, nature has a very huge hold on me. I was traveling by motorcycle alone on an island off Bali, called Lembongan. Here was a spot so untouched by civilization, nobody in sight and such an overwhelming sense of calm as I climbed around almost unaware that if I fell nobody would save me. But who cares, I was free.
What do you like about the Lomography community?
I think that it’s a wonderful family, and just like any family it has a huge variety of styles, which produce a whole lot of inspirational photography. People are really spontaneous; they shoot fearlessly, what they want, however they want, regardless of experience or rules and ideas of what photography is, and that’s what I believe in when it comes to expressing yourself.
As a Lomography Singapore Community Star, do you want to share any advice or tips for Lomographers out there?
Be passionate, it will show in your shots. Travel, it keeps your perspective on life fresh. Get lost, you’ll find interesting locations. Be courageous and push the limits, everything you shoot will inspire you and others. That’s all I’ve got to say, happy shooting everyone!
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