Pos Piah Expedition with COAC

Lan of Kembok, Pos Piah, Upper Central Perak, Temer tribe (Temiar as recognised by Gov). Again it's an amazing experience to be with amazing and resilient people of central Malaysia. 14 hour journey, only 6 hours in two villages on a mapping and Native Community meetings and agendas. Less than an hour I had with the kamra before sunset, 12 people had their portrait taken. Then we had dinner, Kijang (Barking deer) and Babi Hutan (Wild Boar). Lunch was musang (civet cat/ fox) and katak (frogs). (With the kind support of #COAC)

Natural sunlight produces interesting tones and flares.

pos piah

- charge batteries for flash and GPS
- charge digital camera
- refill chemical bottles
- stock up photo paper
- pack and wrap lenses
- prepare educational kit
- light meter, batt check
- prep trays, cloth, waste water container
- prep envelopes
- prep namelists


Symposium Panel Discussion– Kanta Portraits

Symposium Panel Discussion Kuala Lumpur Biennale, National Art Gallery, moderated by Majidi Amir together with artists Tan Wei Kheng- Son of rainforest (Malaysia) and myself- Kanta Portraits (Malaysia)

#KantaPortraits Deeply inspired by the works of other panelists, @shaqkoyok_art, tan wei kheng with their work with indigenous people. I feel a big collaboration coming soon with them

Kanta Portraits Symposium Panel Discussion @klbiennale; This Saturday 24 Feb, 3.30pm. Will be presenting and discussing on Be loved Humanity, moderated by Majidi Amir together with artists Tan Wei Kheng – Son of rainforest (Malaysia), Hangjohn Lin – The politic of love (Taiwan) & @jeffreyjclim – Kanta Portraits (Malaysia) #KantaBoxKamra #edgesofmalaysia #beyondborders

Facebook Event https://web.facebook.com/events/146537559374815/


Speaker & Panel Discussion– World Urban Forum

Leveraging Diversity & Culture, shaping the cities for all, was on a panel at @wuf9kl with very distinguish people from #UNHabitat culture, heritage and #UNESCO creative cities, Mayors, movers who are making things happen in the world. Glad that Malaysia Heritage Board is there to also represent. selected more for the art, photography & social research rather than the cycling or urbanist projects #CyclingKualaLumpur #KantaPortraits #isd25 #BicycleMapProject #VillageBicycleWorkshop


Feature: Urban Tales, China Daily & The Star TV

Late last year, intimate thoughts to my approach to my work with portraiture, this project and my own reflections.


Acquired new camera– 8x10

i just bought a new camera for over RM3,000 for the project trip to taiwan this year. most i've paid for a camera in a long time! would take me a year to R&D build one, so i thought best i invest in a maker who i believe in (also something I could afford). Coming in 3 months... say hello to 2.15kg The Intrepid Camera Co. 8x10" camera (versus my 9kg #5elecamm 10x12", i save 7kg on my check-in luggage).


First Expedition of the year– Kg Sg Kewa COAC

#KantaPortraits quick report, more pics to follow, when able to. Seemed like a dream. Only managed 8 exposures, travelling time was more than my actually time there. But what a place to be, understanding the deeper discourse of what's actually happening to Malaysia's first people. Sg. Papan, crossing Sg Perak, into the interiors of Sg. Kewa, Temiar tribe. Lost another cap, left my other SD card with Colin. #KantaBoxKamra #1interchange (with the kind support from COAC)

#KantaPortraits what's goes into packing. Kamra #1interchange my most trusty camera, mobile backpack #KantaBoxKamra
Box camera, lenses, education kit, chemicals, trays, cloth, lights, flash, light meter, batts, all fits into box. Dark cloth/ jacket, tripod.

Maps, GPS unit, water proof digital cameras, one change of clothes. Ready for expedition into the interiors.


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New studio space

#KantaPortraits, New Space. have not posted much on this project, but since I returned from Taiwan, I had to pack up the studio, workshop and darkroom to move to a new space. The last 2 weeks I have been busy unpacking and trying to organise a "garage sale" of all unused items from #instudio25. The project has a dedicated space now, although it would take me another month or more before it will be operational as a darkroom #kantaboxkamra #villagebicycleworkshop *note* if you're interested in "garage sale" items, please do drop me a message