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Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Chasing your Dreams

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“The difference between a dream and reality is just doing it” —Cheeming Boey

A man without dreams is a man without purpose. To those working towards making your dream a reality, don’t stop. There is no better time than right here, right now. I’m in the progress of building something exciting but it takes time and is definitely not easy. You will hear more about it in due time when it’s finished 😉

A little update from my recent North Vietnam trip. This time I travelled with a friend with a new travel gear setup which means I was out of my comfort zone. It’s always a different experience travelling to different countries. Travel is definitely not for the fainthearted.

Vietnam was nothing short of amazing, the people that I met along the way and the majestic landscapes of Halong Bay and Sapa Valley were enthralling and captivating. No matter which country I have set foot in my travels so far, the experience has been enriching and the things that I learnt along the way allowed me to have a better understanding of my own strengths and weakness. My favourite part of travel is meeting and interacting with the locals and fellow travelers. I get inspired by the travel stories that fellow travelers shared and watching the local children play reminds me to be curious at heart and appreciate the simple pleasures that we have in life. These are things that we sometimes forget in the midst of the hectic life back home. Featured triptych is a small collection of the amazing Vietnamese children that I met along the way.

I wonder if they are just as curious about me as I’m about them. :)

 

 

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Why Film?

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I was suppose to finish this post before I left for Hanoi but I got caught up with all the packing and last minute preparation work. I’m back from Hanoi and it was yet another amazing and challenging trip. Look out for the photographs soon!

I saw a friend on facebook asking why film and I thought I should write about my own reasons for shooting film. I wrote an article on travel photography for ubersnap.com (launching soon) recently and surprisingly 2 out of the 3 key photographs that I chose were taken on film.

Why film?

The choice of digital/film medium, large/medium/35mm format, camera and lenses are merely tools a photographer uses to create his images. My reluctance to give up film is simply because I cannot replicate what I get from film with digital in terms of the colours and the 3D effect. A film image is distinctively different from a digital image and hopefully someday digital technology can replicate what I can get on film before film dies out.

Another key reason for shooting film is the deeper appreciation for each image as compared to digital. From the process of loading the film, making the exposure and finally developing the film, there are many areas where it can go wrong resulting in the loss of the image. Everytime I receive the negatives back from the lab or seeing them for the first time out of the developing tank, there is a great sense of appreciation of how much has gone through in order to create that particular image.

For those who love film, do check out this great article by Nelson at Why I (Still) Love Shooting Film