This week we are sharing a light-hearted entry on Sandra’s favourite medium: instant film! Again, we used the Fujifilm’s instax mini 90 NEO CLASSIC and Lomography’s kickstarter project: the Lomo’Instant Camera. We took the opportunity to shoot instant films around Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD), specifically at Suntec City and Tanjong Pagar. As always, we experimented with the multiple exposure function, and we’re here to share our creations!
Suntec City was designed with the emphasis on Chinese feng shui. Imagine five buildings and a huge convention centre, arranged to look like a left hand when viewed aerially.
The famous Fountain of Wealth, a symbol for wealth and life, is located in between 5 tall buildings. It appears like a golden ring in the palm of the hand. As the fountain is made of bronze, it is believed that the balance of metal and water paves the way for success. Interestingly, the Fountain of Wealth is recognised in 1998 by the Guinness Book Of World Records as the World’s Largest Fountain!
We love the deep blue effect these instant films produced! It gives out a futuristic effect! These photos were taken around 6pm/7pm… So it is evident that the sun was setting.
We had to rely on a ‘bulb mode’ setting (with extended shutter) to get hold of these colours. Using the flash function would result in the outer areas of the instant films becoming dark.
Yet another CBD area in Singapore! 🙂
A historical fact: the name Tanjong Pagar (in Malay “cape of stakes”) reflects its origins as a fishing village! One of the characteristics of the modernisation of Singapore is evident by the numerous shophouses, and of course, not forgetting the high rise office towers that surround them.
We love playing with shadows and the ability of the shadows in capturing the overlay of the second exposure! For the instant films below, we relied on unique black wall paintings as our ‘shadows’.
All in all, we feel very inspired whenever we use instant cameras. They provide us an outlet for creativity which digital cameras may not provide. We were often discouraged by images that were over- or under-exposed; sometimes the photo developed into something that we did not have in mind. We also noticed the two different instant cameras we currently own do not function the same way or produce the same results in like circumstances (Fujifilm’s instax mini 90 NEO CLASSIC and Lomography’s kickstarter project: the Lomo’Instant Camera); however, we managed to tweak with the settings and adjust our exposures accordingly.
Let us know if you like to know more about the instant cameras that we use! We would love to give our food-for-thought about the cameras and their differences. We are not professional photographers- just amateurs who really enjoy the craft. But we would love to share our tips and tricks and hopefully, learn more about taking creative and fun instant films!
Till next time,