Our newest Lomo Amigo hailing from Malaysia recounts the origin story of his craft from getting into it partly because it was his crush's hobby to his latest experience using the New Russar+ Art Lens.
Please introduce yourself to the Lomography community and the readers of Online Magazine.
Hello there! My name is Han Lim and I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I’m an amateur photographer who likes to travel, coffee and I’m also working as a full-time digital marketer for Grab.
How did you get started with photography?
It’s a funny story how I got into photography actually. It was back in high school when I first started; I wasn’t the best in drawing or painting really but I was very much interested in art. Photography was the best medium to explore my creative expression and it was also because it was my crush’s hobby at that time.
How would you describe your style as a photographer?
Symmetry, minimalism, and colors are usually my go-to style when I shoot but I’m still exploring other styles and techniques that can compliment my current way of photography.
What/Who do you consider as the greatest influence on your craft?
Steve McCurry, Wes Anderson are the ones who thought me a lot about photography.
How do you develop your skills?
I’m still developing my skills and learning. I take any travel opportunities to start point and shoot photography. When I’m free from my full-time job, I will go to the city and start taking photos. Ultimately, meeting fellow photographers and listening to them explaining their work is where the true inspiration flows in. Practicing also helps.
Can you share with us more info about why you do street photography?
When I first started taking photos, I only take photos of cities, building, and landscapes — mainly inanimate things. Then, I challenge myself to take photos of people on the streets. I was a student in the states at that time and I’ve read a story about Bruce Gilden and his ideas on street photography, about him pushing the limits of getting up close and personal with his subjects. I’m still quite shy about approaching people, that’s why my photos comprise people from afar. I think photography is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and using your camera as a tool to reach out to stories worth telling. There’s a lot of things going on when you step into the streets and you’ll be surprised how much you can discover.
Tell us a little more about your Russar+ Art Lens experience. Any challenges or interesting stories?
This lens is great for portraits. However, if you challenge yourself to use this lens to take street shots, you’ll be surprised how unexpected the shots can turn out to be.
Do you have ongoing or upcoming projects that you would like to tell the community about?
I do have a project I’m thinking of doing which is to document people who were born in 1989, which is also the year I was born in. I’m curious what these people are doing with their lives; they might be going through phases in life, which is totally different from mine. I hope to kickstart this project as soon as possible and if you know any interesting stories from people born in 1989, let me know!
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Han used the Fujifilm XT-1 for this shoot along with the New Russar+ Art Lens.