Kanta Portraits: Through The Lens Of A Self-Made Camera
Capturing Portraits And Discovering Cultures
Can you imagine traveling the country with a large metal container (weighing at least 10 kg) as a camera and making a living by taking portraits of people with it? Well, as far-fetched as it may sound, Jeffrey Lim a.k.a. Machu Picchu is doing just that. A man fueled by passion as well as the search for self-identity, he started this journey four years ago and has since been snapping portraits in Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak, Sabah and even Taiwan. The metal can is really an amalgamation of a camera and a dark room. After taking a photo, it can then be immediately developed in the container itself. The entire process takes just about 5-10 minutes. It is aptly advertised as ‘instant portraits on Silver Gelatin Resin-coated paper using a self-made box camera’. His first prototype has an interchangeable lens board and boasts to be the most versatile camera based on the principles of kamra design.
When asked about his journey of self-discovery so far, he explained that what started from just taking portraits has now evolved into a journey to discover the connection between cultures and communities. He realises that people are all born into different circumstances. What’s more, the circumstances around us are constantly changing. Our understanding of economy, nationality, religion, etc. are constantly being reconstructed. He added that throughout his journey, he has also witnessed poverty and the lack of education threatening the lives of people in the rural areas, which in turn threatens the preservation of their cultures and way of life.
Moving forward, Jeffrey will be traveling to Kochi, Japan, as part of Kochi Art Projects in November 2018 which is organised in collaboration with Mitsu Maeda and MIRAI Science Center. He will also be collaborating with Posak Jodian, a native artist in Taiwan, to discover more about the native community. Another insider news from us, Jeffrey hopes to be able to have an exhibition by the end of next year in which he can publish his findings on the connections he had observed between the cultures and communities he witnessed.