Perak, is the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia. Perak means silver in Malay. The name comes probably from the silvery colour of tin. Today, let’s discover Perak – The Land of Grace together with our famous LomoStar, Ripsta!
Name: Mohd Ariff Bin Haji Mat Said
City/Country: Ipoh, Perak
LomoAge: 6 years
Hello, tell us a bit about yourself and your Lomographic journey.
I’m a big fat and tall Asian dude from Ipoh – to be specific I hail from a place called Kampung Manjoi Perak, Malaysia. There’s loads of stuff that I love in my life. To name a few they would be my family, country, friends, my Lomograpy cameras, films, my Modenas Kriss motorbike and my badminton rackets, blah blah blah – you know the drill. But Lomography is my true love. I’m soooo into doing Doubles With You projects, because I think that’s the shortcut to getting to know people from all over the world & all walks of life. All in a roll of film…That’s cool isn’t it? My lomo life begin since 2006…credits should go to eastmoe and superfine – they’re the ones to blame, as they were the ones who introduced me to Lomography. I guess I had learned a lot ever since, loads of happy and sad things happen, while dealing with films and analogue cameras. But I learned about Lomography the most from my initial photography mistakes. I believe that when you do something sincerely with all your heart and dedication, you’ll be rewarded in the end.
So is there any local community in Perak? Or are you part of any Lomography community in Malaysia?
We doesn’t have any official community yet in Perak but we did meet up with a few analogue and Lomography enthusiast for outing, exchange new ideas, and we prefer call our self LomoIpoh. Few years back, when there’s still no Facebook around, we have a forum called Lomokids. I’m part of the community since I first involve in the Lomography world. As time goes by, Lomokids changed their name to Effekts.
What the best part shooting with a bunch of Lomography enthusiast?
Making new friends, learn something new and when we share the same interest, we spoke the same language and terminology. That is a sense of pleasure that can not be described.
Do you enjoy shooting alone or do you prefer shooting together with the community?
Both, depending on the circumstances, if there is a double project, or take a photo based on the theme, I prefer to shoot alone. Apart from that, taking pictures with a group of Lomography community is a wonderful experience.
What is the definition of analogue lifestyle to you?
Analogue is the diary of my life and always expect the unexpected.
What’s your favorite photo in your collection and why?
It’s the double with lawypop , a superb awesome Lomographer from Singapore. The picture look futuristic and I look handsome at this photo. Haha!
Were you born in Perak? Where is your location now?
I was born in Perak and lived in a village which named Kampung Manjoi.
Tell us what do you love the most about Perak?
I like Perak because there is less traffic jams. I like the old heritage buildings which is still remain until now, while the people around here are really friendly! Besides, the food here are really cheap and delicious!
Where would you bring your friend to go when they pay you a visit at Perak?
D R Seenivasagam Park – A good place to photoshoot garden theme,the fresh atmosphere and variety of flora are the main attractions of this popular recreational park in Ipoh. The garden is made up of several recreational fields, an artificial lake that contains various types of fishes and a nursery for potted plants.
Darul Ridzuan Museum – The museum is stocked with many historical remnants of the mining and forestry industries of Perak. While the museum is relatively new, the building is not. It was built more than 100 years ago.
Ipoh Town Hall Building – Located at Club Road, this stately colonial building with strong classical elements was designed by government architect, A.B Hubback, who also designed the Railway Station
Teluk Intan Leaning Tower – This spectacular leaning clock tower, similar to the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, is the pride of Teluk Intan or formerly known as Teluk Anson.
Japanese Garden – This public park recreates the aesthetics of a Japanese garden. A small Japanese house, a koi pond and a wooden bridge across a stream are some of the elements.
Ipoh Railway Station – Built in 1935, the Ipoh Railway Station also known to locals as Ipoh’s ‘Taj Mahal’, it is an impressive landmark that combines Moorish architecture with modern embellishments.
Kellie’s Castle at Batu Gajah and Memory Lane flea market.
Where do you develop your film at Perak? Do you have any other recommendation and what are the price and any other specific notes?
Rebel Photo Lab. It’s a online shop but can only develop and scan 35mm negative and with affordable price. As for developing negative films, I will go to “King Soon Colour Lab” which is located at 303, Jalan Bercham, Taman Desa Kencana, Ipoh.
Thanks for your time! Before we wrap things up, do you mind letting us know which Lomography product is your favorite and why?
LC-Wide! Besides that, I like to use Horizon Kompakt makes it easy for everyone to shoot fantastic panoramic images. With fixed focus and aperture settings, all you have to do is point and shoot! Get your own Horizon Kompakt now! because it really nice to capture group photo or scenery picture when you are traveling! Then, I’m really like the wide angle lens when it’s adapt with Lomo LC-A+! It is also useful to take a group photos. If you want to be included in the photo, just point the wide angle lens at you and make sure everybody is right behind you and look at your reflection in front of the lens. Believe me, you will be in the picture too.
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