This month, let’s shift from our biggest state in Malaysia to our most beautiful state, Sabah! We are going to feature some of our most active community members coming from “The Land Below The Wind!” Today, let’s explore Sabah together with raven1126 a.k.a. Ryan Chu!
Name: Ryan Chu Fo Er
City/Country: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Hello, tell us a bit about yourself and your Lomographic journey.
Hi, I’m Ryan Chu. Just a guy who got really addicted with film photography! How should I say this…I have been a lomographer for quite a long time. But the very first thing that I learned and understood about Lomography was when I attended the LC-A+ workshop held in the Taiwan Lomography Gallery store. Also, that was the time when I decide to get the LC-A+ for myself.
We heard that you been studying/staying overseas for a few years. How does it feel like when you are apart from you homeland for so long? Tell us more about it.
First, I missed my parents so much when I was overseas, but they always supported in all things, including Lomography. Second, I needed to get used to the environment, especially with the food. It’s not easy to get Malay and Indian spicy food, but if you find them, they usually come in a high price. There’s just too many things to say, so I guess I’ll just stop here.
Did you meet any LomoFriends during your stay overseas?
I really meet a lot of LomoFriends and we also created a group on Facebook. The group on Facebook is called Lomography Workshop Fans Club. We also made a video for you to see, which we made last summer. Check out the video now!
What’s the best part of shooting with a bunch of Lomography enthusiasts?
The best part is not just getting good pictures, but getting good memories with them.
Do you enjoy shooting alone or do you prefer shooting together with the community?
Well, I like shooting together with the community and enjoy the fun with them.
What’s your favorite photo in your collection and why?
The two girls sitting on the beach. Because I like the expression on their faces, which tell you they are really enjoying.
Tell us the most heart-warming moment that ever happen in your life so far?
When I just started with Lomography, there were a lot of people giving me bad comments about the picture that I took. Luckily, my parents encouraged me and I’m really glad that I have them around.
What is the definition of analogue lifestyle to you?
Shooting a picture like you live your lifestyle. You can think before you shoot, or you can just try not to think and just shoot. Just do whatever, be yourself!
The most unforgettable, strangest, funniest or worst photographic/Lomographic experienced that you encountered?
The most unforgettable experience is my first Lomographic contest. I won a free ticket to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! It really means a lot to me!
Are you born Sabahrian and where is your location now?
Yes, I’m a Sabahrian. Current Location is Menggatal in Kota Kinabalu.
Tell us what you love the most about Sabah.
The sea and nature.
What is the food you love the most in Sabah?
Bak Kut Teh!!! My favourite!!!
Where would you bring your friends to go when they visit you at Sabah
Definitely Sipadan Island.
Where do you develop your film at Sabah? Do you have any other recommendations and what is the price and any other specific notes?
Currently, I develop my films inside the shopping centre called Wisma Merdeka and the develop film shop inside called Ban Loong color photo centre. The price around Rm10+ for each developed film with CD. They accept cross processing too. Anyway, I’m still looking a better film developing shop cause I just came back from another country.
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?
It would be the LC-A+. It’s small, light and easy to carry. Also, a high success rate for taking pictures.