Editor's Note: Sarah is one of many talented local Bruneians who are surfacing as an artist in her own right. Now, I know this post is about photography, but to me, photographers are much more than 'point & shooters' ; they are artists. I truly believe great photography is an artform. Sure, cameras have become more and more affordable, but does that make the purchaser a photographer? I would argue it does not. Anyone can point at something and press on the 'shoot' button, but it takes an artist to breathe life into an inanimate object or capture stillness in the flurry of activity.
What do you do?
I was born and bred in Brunei but at the age of 16, I moved to Melbourne Australia to complete high school and consequently university. I have been away for almost six years now! I completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne. I graduated last December and now I am interning in Brunei for a couple of months before I head back to university to start my masters.
What did you miss about Brunei while you were away?
Whilst I was away, what I missed the most were the people: my family, my friends. As they say, it is the people that make a place!
Describe yourself in a few words.
Idealistic, easy going, slightly quirky and sociable yet introverted. I am a dreamer with a passion for photography, music, people and life in general. :)
Who inspired you to try out photography?
My father is also very much interested in photography so perhaps I inherited my love for it from my father. It is in my genes! :p I remember even when I was a kid, I enjoyed taking photos whenever I got the chance. However, I would say that I became more passionate about it at age 15. That was when I was introduced to and consequently became a member of DeviantART.com - an online art community whereby members share their art works online and receive feedback from fellow members. Just after a few weeks of having joined, I was hooked. Since then, photography has become a significant part of my life and identity.
I am not a full time photographer but having graduated from university, I am determined to make this a part time thing.
What was your first camera and what are you using now?
My first camera was a point and shoot, a Canon Powershot A70. Now I am using a Nikon D90.
What are three key to a great photograph?
Like any other art form, photography is subjective. There isn't an objective set of rules which determine what makes a great photograph. However personally speaking, the three key elements of a great photograph are: composition - how you frame your image, the lighting and the colour / tone.
Greetings Readers! A few moments ago, the final whistle blew for the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2012. We did it! Wohooo! Brunei walked away the victors against Indonesia. Md Aminuddin Zakwan bin Tahir #18 scored the first goal at the 48 minute and Adi bin Said #20 sealed the deal with the second goal at the 75th minute of the game (for in depth statistics, see here). If you are based in Brunei, no doubt you would have already heard the great news and if not, not to worry. It will be the talk of the town for a while. Newspapers, radio, tv, social networks, family and friends. Everyone will be talking about it. I could not be at the Stadium but I watched it live on RTB2 at home. From what I could see (and hear!), the atmosphere at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas was EEEELECTRIC tonight! For those of us who were watching and connected at home, the combination of the live match on tv plus real-time updates, images and videos via our social networks definitely helped.
This is the highlight reel from tonight's event by mohamednazmi from YouTube followed by more content from connected netizens who were at the match tonight. Big Love as well to Indonesia for a game well played but tonight, victory was ours! Woot!
By aimanbesar (instagram)
By Brunei Meme Comic (Facebook)
By ultimatedeseo (instagram)
By anehff9 (twitter)
By amirzulhafiy (instagram)
By hakimhayat (instagram)
By iamnooril669 (twitter)
By lynnliyanna (instagram)
By mrsfwn (twitter)
By nrmers (instagram)
By zulfadly (instagram)
By ranoadidas (instagram)
By Brunei Meme Comic (facebook)
By yanie426 (twitter)
Last but not least, here's a YouTube video of the Mexican Wave from the Brunei v Malaysia match by ego2511
Editor's Note: Lately I have been getting to know more and more local photographers, and from what I hear and observe, photography in Brunei is alive and kicking. More than this, local photographers are only getting better and more daring in their craft. Speaking of which, allow me to introduce you to Aiman Besar. Aiman is a freelance local photographer (also a part-time swimming instructor) here in Brunei and he describes himself as a "dreamer" and "easy going". Check out some of his work below and on his Facebook Fan Page - Aiman Besar Photography.
Describe your photographic style in a few words.
Snapping the most memorable moments in various creative ways; wedding photography and portrait photography.
Complete this sentence: "Photography is..."
My way to express my feelings through an image.
What was your first camera and what do you use now?
First camera was the Canon 400D. Currently I am using a Canon 50D. Better quality :)
Who was your inspiration to start photography?
My brother; he was the one who introduced me to this photography and who bought me my first DSLR camera. Also, not forgetting Lisa Dragon. She introduced me to the Brunei Forever Forum where local photographers share their work and skills.
Editor’s Note: Under the Snap Shots segment of Projek Brunei, I have featured photographers like Adam Sulaiman, Ezra Pilpus and Lisa Omarali. I have also featured graphic designers such as Ahmad Wajidi and Wirdy Hamidi. Passion and talent are common traits among them all. I now bring to you an exclusive feature about four fun-loving Bruneian Instagramers. Anyone who denies Instagram as a legitimate photography tool is kidding themselves. In just over a year since its launch, there are already over 12 million Instagramers all over the world snapping away and sharing their photographs through social networks.
So what do you get when you combine Instagram with a bunch of energetic, very talented Bruneians? Brunika. They will soon be officially launching a website (www.Brunika.com) but for now you can find them on Facebook – Brunika, on Twitter - @IgersBrunika and of course on Instagram - @Brunika.
Brunika is @Amiranas, @Wandirajali, @Kurapak and @MrIguana
Editor's Note: Meet local photographer Samuel Tan, a.k.a. @shoyo_stlb from Twitter. I got to know Samuel at this year's BRIDEX and have been bumping into him at events. As you will read, Samuel is part of a growing segment of Bruneians who have left their 9 to 5 jobs in pursuit of a hobby turned passion. His responses are honest and transparent, and his creative portfolio has just begun. Check out his website - www.SamuelTanPhotography.com or if you are keen to engage him, connect through his Facebook page.
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