From a young interest in graffiti to being fully immersed in the unique art of illustrating language, Singapore street artist Azhar Mat Nor, also known as Scryptk, continues to explore and innovate his craft.
In this interview, Scryptk strays away from his usual calligraffiti style and explores art in another form through instant photography with the Lomo'Instant.
- Name: Azhar Mat Nor / Scryptk
- Instagram: @scryptk | @purelibre
- Weebly: scryptk.weebly.com
- Country: Singapore
- Camera: Lomo'Instant
Please introduce yourself to the Lomography community and the readers of the Online Magazine.
I go by the name Scryptk. I am a Street Calligraffiti Artist, who occasionally enjoys taking pics of the characteristic of the streets.
How did you get started with graffiti?
I stumbled upon a classmate of mine who was busy doodling some fancy weird colored letters onto his sketchbook. I got curious and asked what it was. He told me it was Graffiti and from then on I got hooked instantly. The explosion of colors and the unique letter bending of forms and style just speaks to me -- it gave me the idea that my art could stand out so I explored calligraffiti and here I am.
For you, what makes an artist?
That inner child that remains within you no matter what your actual age or maturity level is is what defines you as an artist. Honestly, I believe that everyone is an artist. If you're good with numbers, you're an artist and likewise if you're good with the skateboarding. It doesn't matter which craft or method. If that is your calling and you're having fun with it, plus it excites you and give you that passionate feeling of love, you are already creating art. You can't define love specifically but everyone experiences it and in consequence of our actions on love, we create art.
Which art forms are you currently exploring? Was it your first time to explore analogue photography?
I am privately exploring various art forms and how I can bend the form within its rule which defines it.
Analogue photography is something which I have done before. My first analogue experience was with a Holga 120 camera and it was one of the best experiences of my life because it allowed me to let go and just create art. As a bonus, the outcome and the waiting for the film to develop excites me.
Can you tell us a little more about your Lomo'Instant experience? Any interesting things you encountered or challenges?
It was definitely different. The Lomo'Instant works exactly like how I expect a Lomogpraphy camera should work but without the hassle of waiting for the film to be developed. It was exciting and fun to shoot with.
Please choose your favorite photo(s) taken with the Lomo'Instant and tell us about the images, and why they’re your favorites.
My favourite is definitely the double exposure ones. That duality of two separate imagery from separate places tell more and it's exciting. It narrates a fantasy that's familiar within the unfamiliar and I love them.
What is your favorite feature or what do you like most about the Lomo'Instant?
Definitely the double exposure feature and the fact it comes with a variety of lenses. I also like how much the Lomo"Instant allows you to play around for an interesting shoot.
Any tips for first time shooters?
Just let go. Don't worry about how the picture will turn out. The camera is more about that moments unframed. Although I would advise you to shoot in a pretty well lit area or sunny days.
Any advice on how to fully utilize the Lomo'Instant?
I would advise you to google, youtube or even read the manuals to get the most of your Lomo'Instant. Some rolls might turn out bad but that's the beauty of having fun with the Lomo'Instant.
Do you have ongoing or upcoming projects that you would like to tell the community about?
Currently I am in the talk for a Malaysia & Singapore collaboration for Asia's first and largest calligraffiti work on the street. It's still in the baby stages but keep it on your radar. :)