At 6 a.m., I was lounging in bed scrolling through Instagram, Twitter, and Whatsapp. As I saw a Whatsapp message from an unknown number, my immediate thought was that it’s spam, so I ignored it. Lesson learned kids, always check all your messages because I got the shock of my life: RIDDUAN AKA TTFGA CONTACTED ME PERSONALLY TO INVITE ME TO HIS SECOND SOLO MINI EXHIBIT. (Just to rub it into y’all’s faces, it was his private viewing.)
The first time I saw him was at Third Culture’s ChampSleazy party. I didn’t know who he was until a friend told me that he was a famous photographer. Adrienne brought to my attention that this was the ‘desert photo dude’. I instantly worshiped him as a photographer. When I met him at his exhibit, he told me all he uses is his basic Nikon camera (I forgot the model, sorry kids) that he has been using for years. Believe it or not, he only utilizes one lens, a 50mm. He said that he doesn’t know anything about cameras and lenses, but he has an eye for good photos. In my head, I agreed.
I digress, on to the exhibition itself, which is held at Project Space. Ridduan said that he picked 10 personalities he has worked with in the past. The story behind each accessory is raw. They were not styled by him, it was purely the subject’s creativity. Each photograph is accompanied by a text illustration curated by Rathika Sheila (You go, girl). My favourite photo during the exhibition was the photograph of none other than the great Zaihani Zain. She’s a woman I’m sure many young ladies aspire to be when they’re at her age.
This opportunity has inspired and motivated me to become a better photographer. Hopefully, one day I’ll find the time to create a portfolio. Life’s good, kids.
The exhibit ends on 25th September 2015. It’s definitely worth a trip. Have a project you would like to share? Send them our way! All submissions are welcome.