One of the community’s pillars of strengh, ripsta, is finally a LomoAmigo! One of our winners from the Amigo competition from way back, check out his Lomographic philosophy of Life while sharing some day-to-day experiences in Malaysia!
Name (Real): Mohd Ariff Bin Haji Mat Said
Tell the community a little bit about yourself?
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?
What do you do for fun and is it the same thing you do for a living?
I love to toy around and do the doubles thingy with different types of Lomography
cameras I have. Monday to Friday are basically boring working days at the office, don’t
ask what kind of job I do… (it’s a secret, sorry i can’t tell you!) and on weekends it’s all about me and my Lomography cameras – and of course new stuff to experiment. Sometimes during the weekends I crash into my friends’ weddings…I lied, I’m invited to shoot them :) and these little things makes me happy!
How long have you been a Lomographer (or are you new to this whole thing)?
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. I am quite proud of what I had achieved all these years. It’s truly an amazing experience, and I trust that anyone could get here as well as long as they don’t easily give up!
Also special thanks to all my lomoipoh homies and my friends in LomoKids
who have been great help when I first started doing Lomography stuff, and their continuous support right ‘till this day…I really appreciate it!
Describe the Lomo LC-A+ in five words, or five photos.
I Grow Old With LC-A+
How did you like shooting with the Lomo LC-A+ and what did your friends think about your analogue camera?
I love it that the camera is really handy – small in size, big in features!
I personally prefer to do candid shots when the chance present, not many people out there know about the Lomo LC-A+ camera, it looks plastic and weird but very much capable to do loads of awesome stuff. They will never expect that the outcome would be really nice, most of the time they thought I was just fooling around with a toy camera and don’t at all get intimidated when i start to shoot them.
They call me old-fashioned, but voluntarily they offer themselves to be captured by me, just because they want to see the end result.
What was the strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had?
Most of the time people will be amazed to found out that there is no 0no LCD screen at the back panel of my Lomo LC-A+ I love to see the funny and weird expressions on their face. Man! That’s priceless!
If you could shoot any person alive or dead (or imaginary) with your Lomo LC-A+, who would it be and why?
1. The legendary Malaysian “Hang Tuah” brothers – too bad all we got now were images of them in painting, no real photos because cameras were still undiscovered during their time.
2. The iconic P Ramlee – one of the most famous celebrities in Malaysia somewhere in the 50’s. He got tons of Black and White photos but I think it would be nice if i could do something else with his photos. How about a double exposure on slide, mx pictures or some photos with sprocket holes…that will be really awesome!
If you could travel anywhere in the world with your Lomo LC-A+ and your gear, where would that be?
Tough choice! Frankly i don’t know because I really wanted to travel everywhere, like every single place on this earth…no exceptions.
If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be?
1 Search – Langit Dan Bumi
2 Vanessa mea – Contradanza
3 Cromok – I Don’t Belong Here
What got you into photography at the first place?
There’s this one time in my life – it’s full of difficulty, trying to make out which path is the right way and what is the best for me. I wanted to dedicate my life to something meaningful; in the same time could trigger happiness in me. And then I found Lomography.
When I saw the results – shot from my Lomography cameras, at first it felt very weird that a toy camera is capable to produce interesting images. And starting from that I always challenge myself to come up with something more interesting with each roll of film, which literally meant I have to experiment a lot!
Any advice to our future Lomo LC-A+ Shooters?
- Never leave your camera behind
- Always try new experiment with your cameras and films (that’s the beauty of it)
- Be confident
- Ask more you learn more
- Don’t think what people say about you
- Don’t think too much…just shoot
- Have fun
Lomo on, never off!