I am a fan of black and white photography. I find I tend to look longer at B&W photographs, especially good ones. They arrest my attention. They make me look deeper. There is a great quote by Robert Frank which goes “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.” B&W photography helps me understand that quote a little better.
This feature is about Nikki, one of my favourite B&W photographers. Check out her Instagram account @n1ks to find out why.
What do you do?
I work in the hospitality and travel industry, and my work takes me to many interesting places meeting many interesting people!
Describe yourself in a few words.
Introvert, Extremely nerdy, and a Go-Getter.
You have a great collection of black and white photographs on Instagram. What got you started?
Thanks! I’m really glad you enjoyed them! I’ve always loved the aesthetics of black and white photography, so it was only natural for me to shoot in black and white. I love how emotions, ideas and beauty can be expressed within the limited spectrum of black, white and the greys in between. Don’t get me wrong, I do love colours but I must admit that I’m partial to great black and white photography.
Is this something you do with both a camera and a phone? Or just a phone? Does a lot of editing go into your pictures before you post them up?
I currently shoot using an iPhone 5 exclusively, and I started my portfolio with an iPhone 4 which actually had a faulty camera lens that couldn’t focus! It wasn’t till I was using a friend’s phone to take a picture that I realized that my phone was faulty. A lot of my earlier work featured that slightly hazy, slightly out of focus element that I think added a little bit of character to the photos.
In terms of editing, I use the Hipstamatic camera app, which shoots analog style pictures. The outcome is random based on the lens and film chosen, and there is little to no editing done after the photos are ‘developed’ in the app, apart from cropping. Lately though I have been experimenting with VSCOcam, and their black and white filters are awesome!
What are three tips to a great black and white photograph?
Lighting. So so so important when it comes to B&W photos. Lighting really affects the contrast of the photos, so it really depends on what kind of photo you are going for.
Constant vigilance. Always be on the ready to snap a photo coz you never know when the right ‘Kodak moment’ will present itself.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try different angles, different editing techniques, different subjects to take photographs of.
Hi folks. I came across this video posted by NegarakuBruneiDarussalam on FB. Its description reads like this: "This video is to showcase one of the landmarks of Brunei Darussalam. A place rich with potentials, even for Parkour. And also about a friend, Jawed El Breni an actor mostly a stunt double from France who came to Brunei for Parkour training and we decided to make a video at the Water Village (Kampong Air) Jawed thinks that Brunei is a good place for training. However, the aim was to attract other parkour community from around the world."
I had to share it. Watch - you will understand why.
While you are here, check these local parkour videos out too.
"This helps diminish the stereotype where graffiti is just vandalism...because if you look around, the amount of time and artistic value we put into our work – it’s not vandalism at all. Vandalism is destruction. What we are doing is creating something.”
Greetings Readers! Check out this local Lomography FB Fan Page - http://www.facebook.com/BruneiLomo
For those new to lomography, according to Lomography.com...
It began with a fateful encounter in the early 1990s, when a group of students in Vienna, Austria, stumbled upon the Lomo Kompakt Automat – a small, enigmatic Russian camera. Mindlessly taking shots from the hip, and sometimes looking through the viewfinder, they were astounded with the mindblowing photos that it produced – the colours were vibrant, with deep saturation and vignettes that framed the shot – it was nothing like they had seen before! Upon returning home, friends wanted their own Lomo LC-A, igniting a new style of artistic experimental photography that we now know as Lomography!
They add that there are 10 rules that define ‘lomography’:
1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
2. Use it any time – day and night.
3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but a part of it.
4. Try to shoot from the hip.
5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.
6. Don’t think.
7. Be fast.
8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
9. Afterwards either.
10. Don’t worry about any rules!
Here are some ideas on how to get started (I am paraphrasing here):
1. Pick a camera
2. Choose your film
4. Meet and connect with fellow lomographers
Here are some photographs from the BruneiLomo page. Check them out and Like them for more.
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