It has been awhile since I last wrote into my wordpress blog. The move, the re-setting up of my own work space and darkroom, plus figuring out where everything needs to be since the move was almost literally an entire content of a house.
Though I am pleased that everything had fallen into its place in preparing my darkroom and fixing my cameras (they didn’t fare too well in transit here… to be continued in another post).
Even as I am currently fatigue; mentally and physically, yet when a friendly invite for a meet arrived from a virtual friend from FB, Jeffrey Lim, out of his humble respect for my appreciation of old wooden camera parts, my heart and soul jumped for joy!
I did not expect any sort of invite that consist of wooden camera parts, especially on this part of the world. It was a good invite, a sort of ‘unwrapping’ of box of goodies in which Jeffrey had received from an old camera store, pile of disposed remnants that had turned treasure!
I knew Jeffrey only by his reputation via online. His tales of travel via cycling, his ventures and immersing a Malaysian own version of the Afgan Box camera, the Kanta Kamra, in which is a superb movement to introduce to the local image-making community.
I was pleased to have met Mahen Bala as well, in which another superb documentary film-maker and image-maker. They both had shared the passion in finding the hidden gems that is buried underneath the surface of our cities; from cultural practise to the remnants of its space as well.
We had a wonderful chat and exchanged few notes. I was pleased that Mahen is a dedicated researcher of the railway life, even much more extensive than what I had gone through from the Project IDoM 8-9 years ago.
The unveiling of the wrapped items had revealed a collection of wooden plate holders which had served its time long ago in a working studio.
After the chat, we head down to another café next door and found an old studio camera up on a mezzanine floor. Such a shame the gear is left up there unused and not available to be purchased.
Note: Within a few weeks later, we were informed that there was a couple of similar studio camera available for sale in a closing down art store. What luck to be able to come across a few of these within few weeks apart! These aren’t common item (although I disagree the claimed of these studio cameras as “rare” items as how the or the price tag reflected).
Soon after the meet, we gone to Jeffrey’s house not too far away and I was quite pleased that it is more of a ‘man’s cave’ from his porch to his living room! A bit of mix between his passions for old vintage bicycles to image-making tools, lenses, camera boxes, literatures, etc.
What was pleasant that I had arrived from this meeting were about acknowledging both of their ambition to make their works, work. There’s a whole lot of faith in doing what they do and I believe in them. There’s always the chance in developing values arrived from the past in which suits to our needs of today. Hopefully, with what we do, and helping each other out since there’s only few of us doing these sort of things, it will be worth the effort.
Images credit to Mahen Bala, who had kindly shared and document the meet. Cheers!