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Newcomer of the Week: Shariff

The dirt and the hassle, that's what he looks forward to when it comes to film photography. Because for him, that's the true essence of photography -- being able to capture and work on a true lovely image.

He has been doing film photography for quite a long time already but only came in terms with our Community this year. Well, I suppose it was a good decision for him for he has openly shared his neat-looking Lomographs in our Community! Let us welcome shariff, this week’s newcomer!

Photo by shariff

Name: Shariff Udin
Lomography Home: http://www.lomography.com/homes/shariff
Location: Singapore
Current film cameras: Minolta Hi-matic 7s, Lomography Fisheye no. 2, Holga 120 CFN, Lomography La Sardina, Holga 135 BC, Lomography Diana F+, Lomo LC-A+

Please tell us a little something about yourself.

My dream is to travel the world and capture everything with my camera! Film preferably. I’m not a fan of editing photos because I just 1.) Shoot 2.) Develop and 3.) Upload. Photography for me is about the joy
that goes into the process of taking photos and not sitting in-front of the computer, tweaking and cropping and adjusting this and that for hours.

How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?

By chance I suppose? I saw a Holga 120 CFN on display in one of the camera shops in town. Thought I’d just get it as a temporary camera whilst I save up enough cash to get myself a DSLR. Yes, that’s what I wanted back then but it never did happen. Funny thing though! I started using Lomographic cameras back in 2009 but only started using and uploading my photos on the website last April. It’s been great!

As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?

Think! And think fast!!! But at times, just don’t bother about being fast and just take things REAL SLOW!

In this digital age, why still film?

it’s the joy, thrill, and excitement! From the feel and character of the photos that are truly unique and can only be produced by using film, of being able to try different films, from the challenge and hassle (at times) of using such rudimental photographic equipment, of not really knowing or perhaps just having a faint idea of the results that you’re going to get, of the anticipation from waiting for your scans, of looking at the scans and print-outs in your hands, of knowing that there is a website for Lomographers to upload their scans, and from knowing that there are other people from all over the world who shares the same sense of euphoria from film photography just like myself.

Any song or movie you live by?

This is not an easy one but here are my current favourites.

Supergrass – St. Petersburg

Blur – Out of Time

and Alanis Morrisette – Head Over Feet

What are you looking forward to in our Community?

Hmm, this question is rather vague! Perhaps faster Lomo colour negative films? 1600 or 3600 ASA. Currently, the choices for these aren’t that many.

Your favourite analogue camera as of the moment? Why?

Another tough question! The camera that I pick really depends on my mood on that particular point of time. But if I really have to choose it would either be the La Sardina or the Lomo LC-A+ RL.

The La Sardina is great! Its shutter is amazingly quiet and contrary to what others have mentioned before. I absolutely adore the film advance/winding mechanism/knobs on the La Sardina. It is substantial, proper and not tiny, fiddly and fragile like the ones on some other 35mm cameras. That said, however, I’m having a go with the LC-A+ RL. I rarely take daytime photos and the fixed f.8 aperture on the La Sardina is just too slow for hand held indoor or night time photography. The versatility, flexibility, and speed of using the LC-A+ RL is something that I can truly appreciate. I perceive it as an “I’m going to shoot both day and night time hand held shots” camera. Not a perfect camera and not one without compromises. Nonetheless, I can confidently say that it is capable of producing decent to even sometimes amazing results!

What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?

A Lubitel 166+, period. I’m just waiting for some discount or offer or something!

Your favourite section or page in our Lomography site?

Photos section!

Share your current favourite Lomograph.

Hmm, very difficult question indeed. But I would have to choose this one.

Photo by shariff

As I have mentioned above, photography is about the aggregate of processes that goes into the taking of the photos itself. The exposure for this one was seven mins. but the whole process took about 15 to 20 mins. It is this process that I truly enjoy of exploring and getting to know. The surroundings, framing, and the taking time in trying out different angles and waiting for the exposure to be done.

And as for the reason why this photo is my current favourite… Well, I suppose it’s got to do with the surroundings and atmosphere that night. It was just peculiarly unsettling and somewhat eerie. This was actually taken in the middle of a construction site and I was the only one there that night. I feel it’s rather unfortunate that I didn’t quite manage to capture and transcend the essence and feel of the uncanny atmosphere into the final result. Looking at it however, never fails to remind me of the excruciating 15 to 20 minutes that I spent taking this photo.

Are you new in this Community? Wanna say hello? Then drop me a line at mayee.gonzales@lomography.com and you might just be our next Newcomer of the Week!

written by mayeemayee

5 comments

  1. muhamad_haiz_shamsudin

    muhamad_haiz_shamsudin

    Nice to "meet" you, Shariff :)

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  2. an_lai_drew

    an_lai_drew

    @shariff, hope you get your lubi real soooooooooooooon! :D

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  3. mayeemayee

    mayeemayee

    Hello, @shariff! Welcome to this Community and thank you for gracing our interview! :D

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  4. abecd

    abecd

    @shariff waaa! Congratulations my Bulb-Sensei^^

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  5. shariff

    shariff

    @mayeemayee
    thanks much for putting this together :)

    @muhamad_haiz_shamsudin
    ahaha... well nice to "meet" you as well.

    @an_lai_drew
    lol... yeaa... but i'm really enjoying my lc-a+ at the moment. shooting 135 format has always been great for me... the lubi's an awesome camera and the 120 format is definitely a great experience no doubt. but that's all there is to 120. the purchasing and developing as well as the limited places/distance to go to for the development of 120 films... not too fun to think about...unfortunately :(

    @abecd
    haha. nonsense! there's so much more for me to learn about! i'm still just a rookie!
    (*^__^*)

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