This month, let’s go across South China Sea and hit the shore of East Malaysia! We are going to feature some of our most active community members located in Sarawak! Today, let’s explore the biggest state of Malaysia together with k_melancholy aka Alvin Katek!
Name: Alvin Katek
Occupation: Lab Assistant
City/Country: Kuching, Sarawak
Hello, tell us a bit about yourself and your Lomographic journey.
Just an average guy who likes to try to make pictures during his free time. I probably first learned about Lomography a few years back. Back then, I thought Lomography was quite a unique idea especially since most people were shying away from analogue & moving towards digital. Only recently have I been introduced to Lomography products, since I can actually get them locally now.
Are you part of any local community, and since when have you been active in the community?
I am actually not part of the community here, I do things alone mostly. I do follow them through Facebook groups and such though. I found out about the LomoHunter community through friends, and I actually met some of them at one of the exhibitions at the Kuching Waterfront.
Did you join any outings, workshops, and events organized by this community?
Unfortunately no, a lot of their events and outings clash with my work schedule or when I have class.
Do you enjoy shooting alone or do you prefer shooting together with the community?
Alone, I guess. I get to take my time and do my own thing. Shooting alone also makes me less obtrusive especially when I’m shooting people or shooting in the streets.
Were you born Sarawakian and which part of Sarawak do you stay?
Sarawakian born and raised.
Tell us what you love the most about Sarawak.
Perhaps it’s the people and the atmosphere. Sarawak is a very laid back place with a lot of the mix of old and new. The people are also wonderful and colorful; there is a diverse mix of people. That’s the beauty of the East Malaysian states.
What is the food you love the most in Sarawak?
Oh, definitely kolo mee. Ask most Sarawakian that live outside Sarawak & they’ll likely tell you that one of the things they miss most!
Where would you bring your friends to go when they visit you at Sarawak?
Where do I begin? Everywhere I guess, places that make them experience life as a Sarawakian.
Where do you develop your film at Sarawak? Do you have any other recommendations and what is the price and any other specific notes?
I have mine developed at Apollo Digital Colour Lab. The only place in Kuching I’ve know that develops 120 film as far as I know. The guys at Filmware Analog Store & Regalo Gifts help me to send my film to Apollo & they also help me scan my film. These guys are the only people who carry Lomography products in Kuching.
Thanks for your time and recommendation! Before we wrap things up, do you mind letting us know which Lomography product is your favorite and why?
Probably the LC-A+. The LCA was the camera that started it all.