150 selected photographic historical images were chosen and exhibited at the National Museum, Bangkok, from among the 35,427 glass plate negatives and 50,000 prints, covering a long and continuous period from 1855-1935 in Siam, previously preserved in 3 separate royal libraries of the original owners: King Chulalongkorn, King Vajiravudh, and Prince Damrongrajanubhab. Certainly this collection is worthy to be recognised in part of UNESCO's ambition in preserving it as a part of Memory of the World.
I was invited a few weeks ago to do a demonstration to private high school students of the Idrissi International School, to give an insight into early photographic process. I was very excited to have a chance to give a talk, the first for me to have an audience of young age here in Malaysia.
The past few weeks was a great deal of anxiety and highly anticipation for me as I have a chance to have an image-making session, (a wet plate Collodion that is!), which was none other than with Malaysia’s previous Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, Tun Siti Hasmah. They are one of... Continue Reading →
The purpose of this image-making session was to prepare a few pieces for a group exhibition over at the Petronas Galeri, which curated under U-Wei based on his latest film, “Hanyut”. I had the privilege to have had watched this film over in London, and again during his private screening last month. The exhibition; “Wayang U-Wei Hanyut – Merentasi Saksi” (which I believe it translates as U-Wei’s ‘Hanyut’ Film – Crossing Witnesses), will be up from the 20th December to 12th February 2017.
Interesting note on one particular collodion salt, Waldack no.2, that remained untouched for about 3 months. It seems like crud of collodion salts formed on the walls, and it returned back to straw colour. Tested in silver bath and it does not sensitised at all, as the salts is no longer in the collodion Alongside... Continue Reading →
A post thought after the exhibition, "Thirty Pieces of Silver", held at the Weiling Gallery, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
I have been eager and ambitious to settle for another image-making session with another man whom I have high regards. As a matter of fact; he is a highly regarded by many for his literary works and poems. He is a soft spoken man, yet his voice was settled and stern; on top of his... Continue Reading →
It was an interesting sit today for today’s wet plate shoot. I met with Mahen Bala and his colleague, Ms Law Siew Fei, which he introduced to me one of very few, and very important individual, Tuan Abdul Hai, an ex-Deputy General Manager for the KTMB. It has been awhile since I last met any... Continue Reading →