Young Singaporean Photographer Alvin Ng Snaps with the Lomo'Instant

Alvin Ng has a diploma for photography but has only recently decided to turn his passion into his profession. In this interview, Alvin confesses his preference for film over digital and highlights the connectivity that instant photography brings between the photographer and model.

Read on and hang out with Alvin, his friends, and the Lomo'Instant on a hazy afternoon in Singapore.

© Alvin Ng
© Alvin Ng

Please introduce yourself to the Lomography community and the readers of the Online Magazine.

Hi everyone! My name is Alvin and I’m a photographer based in Singapore!

How did you get started with photography?

I started photography as a hobby a long time ago back when I was still undergoing my diploma course, which is about 4 years ago. It was only 2 years later did I decided to purse this as a profession.

What subjects do you particularly like to take photos of?

Well, I’ve taken photographs ranging from sports to still life, and what subjects I usually return to are portraits of friends / strangers and nature landscapes.

© Alvin Ng
© Alvin Ng

Digital or analogue? Does it matter which?

I would say both has its pros and cons, but I personally prefer analogue! I’ve spoken to many people and they find it quite strange that I prefer analogue over digital, but I feel that its limitations allow me to achieve a sense of connection with my subjects, and it helps me in improving my compositions, rather than snapping away countlessly
and pick a pretty photograph out of 10 or 20 digital photographs.

Can you tell us a little more about your Lomo’Instant experience? Any interesting things you encountered or challenges?

This is my first attempt in shooting with an instant camera, and I must it is really joyful to play with it! The challenge I faced immediately was light. I love to shoot in the late evening to last light timings of the day and I find myself having an issue of my instant photos being too underexposed. But I’ve overcome that after burning through a packet of instant films to achieve my desired results. One thing I really like about shooting with the Lomo’Instant is that the photographs are so pleasing to look at, and it also allows me to interact more with my subject.

Please choose your favorite photo(s) taken with the Lomo’Instant and tell us about the images, and why they’re your favorites.

© Alvin Ng

I have two favorites, the streets of Chinatown, and a portrait amongst shophouses and lanterns. These two photographs in a nutshell, shows my experience and adventure within Singapore’s Chinatown, a place I rarely photograph in the past. The reason why I like these two photographs are that, it makes me appreciative toward the cityscape, and also these two reflects my journey to enjoy and re-connect to Singapore’s Chinatown with a friend.

What is your favorite feature or what do you like most about the Lomo’Instant?

I must say I’m the type of person that doesn’t really rely much on the functions, so I did not use much of the functions of the Lomo’Instant, but I do enjoy how little attention I got from it. I noticed that many people hardly took a second glance when I’m photographing, and that is a plus point to me, as it will allow me to take street portraits without having to sound off in the future.

© Alvin Ng

Any tips for first time shooters?

My advice is that, to keep shooting, literally just keep shooting. It’s only then you’ll realize what one may feel that something is missing and improve from it, and it also trains your composition.

Any advice on how to fully utilize the Lomo’Instant?

My advise is the same as above, just be careful when one’s photographing in last light and late evening timings, cause that timing can be really tricky, as flash can only help you to a certain extent. Oh and also, please do play more with the double exposure, if done right it can really make one’s photograph really pleasing to look at!

Do you have ongoing or upcoming projects that you would like to tell the community about?

Yes I do! I’m currently planning my solo graduation trip that would take me from the mountain ranges of Bhutan and Nepal, to the culturally rich cities like Varanasi in India.

© Alvin Ng

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