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Interview: Keith Loh

Keith Loh

How long have you been photographing?

“Eight years not counting a long time off when I was only creating on computer.”

What inspired you to get into photography?

“Although I began with film as a teenager the rise of capable digital cameras convinced me to get back into shooting stills. Now I am working ‘backwards’ by studying masters from all the different ages of photography from relatively recent people like Nan Goldin and Ed Burtynsky to Brassai. The technology for me has made it more accessibly to achieve almost anything in creative imagery.”

Describe your photography in three words.

“Created, Sculpted, Space”

What is your favorite lens?

“Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.4 on cropped frame camera.”

What is your favorite camera?

“Mamiya 645 Pro TL.”

Where do you get your inspiration from?

“Films with distinctive imagery and reading now magazines and books from art history.”

Could you describe the process or idea behind your favorite picture that was in one of our shows?(above)

“As with many things I became interested in a technical challenge first and then sough a creative application later. I read about projecting images through cookies (cuculoris) and created what I called a Cookie Gun combining a slide or transparency with image pressed against a speedlight flash. In front of the flash I fastened a zoom lens. The lens focuses the image while the flash provides the brief pulse of light. I projected a series of images of spiritual meaning in this photo shoot and in this one image I used what is called the Hand of Fatima or Hamsa, a symbol used in many cultures to protect against evil, particularly for women. ”

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