Pahang is the largest state in the peninsular Malaysia. If you are looking for cool highland mountain air, lush tropical forests, or the finest beach, Pahang is the place you are looking for! Today, let’s discover Pahang together with Akmal a.k.a Bulletofmine!
Name: Muhamad Akmal b Ahmad Zamri
City/Country: Petaling Jaya and Temerloh, Pahang.
LomoAge: 3 years
Hello, tell us a bit about yourself and your Lomographic journey.
Hello there ! The name Akmal was given by my parents and was born on September 1991. I live in Temerloh, Pahang and currently study in Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. How I got myself in Lomography was back when 2007, during my school years. I am one of the editors of the school magazine and was searching some cool effects to apply on the dull images produced by the digital camera. Then I stumbled upon the effect called “Lomo Effect” and found out the images were really awesome especially the colours of the pictures. Then at the bottom of the tutorial stated that actually, the effect originally came from the old Russian camera called LOMO, and soon after that I searched what Lomo was, and found the info on Wikipedia and Lomographic Society International (LSI) website. Since at that time I was in boarding school , I thought this community (Lomography lovers) only existed outside Malaysia. Then, in 2009, I went to KL to attend the Youth ’09 event and started to know Lomography better after seeing a booth lomokidS (now known as Effekts) had promoting Lomography through their largest lomowall. It took me a year to own a Holga.
And how did you come across the products of Lomography / Lomography for the first time?
I came across the products of Lomography from Myspace in 2009. There was a guy who sold Lomography products and films. From him, I learned each of Lomography cameras from Lomolitos to Horizon Perfekt.
So is there any local community in Pahang? Or are you part of any Lomography community in Malaysia?
In Pahang, there is also a group called Kuantanalog which consists of a bunch of analogue photography lovers! I also joined the Lomography community in Malaysia which formerly known as lomokidS (now Effekts).
Did you join any outings / workshops / event organize by this community?
For kuantanalog no, but for Effekts, yes, I joined several activities.
What the best part shooting with a bunch of Lomography enthusiasts?
The best part is we can exchange our ideas to be more creative by manipulating the cameras beyond its ability . Sometimes we also share our pictures, at the same time do some comments and critiques sessions to improve ourselves to get every frame the best pictures.
And the worst?
The worst part after the outing, is that everyone gets similar pictures, only the angles are different but the subject is the same, hahaha!
Do you enjoy shooting alone or do you prefer shooting together with the community?
Personally, I enjoyed shooting with the community but with not too much people. At least 2, the limit is 5-6 person per outing.
Tell us the most heart-warming moments ever happen in your life, so far?
Every year I send “Kad Raya” (it’s like a birthday card usually send during Aidilfitri) that I print out the pictures I had taken with my analogue cameras to my friends. I feel so appreciated when they said they like my Kad Raya so much!
What is the definition of analogue lifestyle to you?
To me, analogue lifestyle is defined as the way of life without too much dependence on technology to do something, but instead trying to overcome the problems with our creativity.
What was the most unforgettable, strangest, funniest, or worst photographic/Lomographic experience that you encountered before?
The most unforgettable moment was when I am recording to film my brothers playing football with the Lomokino. The challenging part is you need to plan it correctly and according to plan. One mistake can ruin the whole storyline. It was the best ever shooting a “film” with the Lomokino!
What’s your favorite photo in your collection and why?
So far, this is one of my favourite photos in my collection, because technically, the Horizon Perfekt is not easy to use. You need to practice using it over and over again to attain the perfect exposure. Also, I don’t have any light meters so I have to write and record. For example I want to shoot a sunset panorama, I have to shoot the same panorama for about 3-4 frames with different shutter speeds and apertures. Another thing about composition, personally it takes time for me to get used to compose with a very wide view.
Were you born in Pahang? Where is your location now?
Yes! My hometown is in Temerloh but currently I am in Petaling Jaya.
Tell us what do you love the most about Pahang?
The fresh air unlike Kuala Lumpur, haha.
The food! Is there any finger licking good food that you love in Pahang?
As for the food, Patin Fish is the most delicious food. Usually, it is cooked as “Gulai Tempoyak Ikan Patin”. I don’t know the term in English but if you visit temerloh, you must try it!
Where would you bring your friend to go when they pay you a visit at Pahang?
I usually take my friend go to the nearest waterfall and ride the boat around the Pahang river.
Where do you develop your film at Pahang? Do you have any other recommendation and what are the price and any other specific notes?
There is only one local Fujifilm store that provides the developing service for C41 film in Temerloh, and I always send my film there. I scan the film by myself as the price is too ridiculous!
Thanks for your time! Before we wrap things up, do you mind letting us know which Lomography product is your favorite and why?
Horizon Perfekt because the camera perfectly records my favourite panoramas whenever I’m on a trip.
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