Spotlight:Liu Yuhong, In Pursuit of Grain

September 7, 2012 | by derek | Leave a comment
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I fell in love with film in 2010. Those who know me might have already heard the story count­less of times; of how I picked up a film cam­era (a Cosina CT1-Super) for all of $20; of how my heart pounded as I clutched the lit­tle disc con­tain­ing my scans of the first roll of film; of how I impa­tiently peered at the tiny con­tact sheet that photo labs pro­vided with the disc, slot­ted inside the jewel case.

I try to take pho­tographs to try to pay my dues. Some­times I try to make videos to try to make my ends meet. I touch my DSLR so much that it feels like going to work. Don’t get me wrong, I love it but shoot­ing for oth­ers and shoot­ing for myself are two entirely dif­fer­ent enti­ties. Film offers an escape route for me. It lets me feel more. It lets me soak in the feel­ing and the expe­ri­ence, rather than be con­cerned of get­ting that per­fect pho­to­graph (as if such a thing even exists). I become acutely sen­si­tive and hyper­aware of the sur­round­ings; of lit­tle pock­ets of light mak­ing a rare guest appear­ance for all but 5 sec­onds, of the dis­ap­pear­ing sil­hou­ettes as the heavy cot­ton wool in the sky takes a pri­vate moment with the orange orb.

Liu Yuhong would under­stand. After all, he has amassed over the years hun­dreds of cam­eras. He has a deep knowl­edge of the tech­ni­cal know-how and has an undy­ing pas­sion in shar­ing his love for film. I was for­tu­nate to meet him when I was an unof­fi­cial, unreg­is­tered ‘mem­ber’ of the SMUSAIC (a pho­tog­ra­phy soci­ety). He has not only the gear but also the thirst to make beau­ti­ful pho­tographs. I stum­bled upon his trib­ute to Old Places in Sin­ga­pore some time back and have been want­ing to do a fea­ture on it.

Writeboard:Shine Youth Festival Writeboard Collaboration #2

August 1, 2012 | by Jeremy | Leave a comment

After a month long of write­board­ing activ­i­ties in town, the Shine Youth Fes­ti­val has finally come to an end. Dur­ing this past month, we have been going around ask­ing youths to com­plete the sen­tence of ” What­ever it takes, I will …” and we have man­aged to gather close to 300 responses.

Blog:A Day Out In The Sun

July 13, 2012 | by Jeremy | Leave a comment
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View in HD [here].

We have finally got­ten our lit­tle friend, the LomoKino, out to play in the sun. Armed with 3 rolls of expired films, we brought her to the small stretch of fish­ing jet­ties in Sele­tar, that I have stum­bled upon while cycling from my vil­lage in Pung­gol one Sun­day morn­ing.

Writeboard:Shine Youth Festival Writeboard Collaboration

June 21, 2012 | by Jeremy | Leave a comment

View in HD [here].

SHINE Youth Fes­ti­val is back and this year, our Write­board ini­tia­tive has been called on board to join them in their quest to inspire the youth com­mu­nity to act on their pas­sions and make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity and the world.

Contest:Fancy a chance to catch BOOM?

June 18, 2012 | by Jeremy | 16 Comments

We are giv­ing away 5 pairs of tick­ets to our read­ers to catch BOOM on its open­ing night on 29th June. All you have to do is to answer a ques­tion at that end of this post.

BOOM is Sight Lines Production’s sopho­more pro­duc­tion and it was con­cep­tu­al­ized amidst the back­drop of 2008’s En-bloc fever. This June’s stag­ing fea­tures a revamped and timely story that cap­tures the uproar sur­round­ing recent pub­lic projects such as the impend­ing demo­li­tion of Rochor Cen­tre, Bukit Brown Ceme­tery and the KTM Rail­way Corridor.The gleam­ing cor­po­rate tow­ers and mega-expressways that replace these icons, sig­nal Singapore’s progress to the world – but at what cost?