Pos Piah Expedition with COAC

Lan of Kembok, Pos Piah, Upper Central Perak, Temer tribe (Temiar as recognised by Gov). Again it's an amazing experience to be with amazing and resilient people of central Malaysia. 14 hour journey, only 6 hours in two villages on a mapping and Native Community meetings and agendas. Less than an hour I had with the kamra before sunset, 12 people had their portrait taken. Then we had dinner, Kijang (Barking deer) and Babi Hutan (Wild Boar). Lunch was musang (civet cat/ fox) and katak (frogs). (With the kind support of #COAC)

Natural sunlight produces interesting tones and flares.

pos piah

- charge batteries for flash and GPS
- charge digital camera
- refill chemical bottles
- stock up photo paper
- pack and wrap lenses
- prepare educational kit
- light meter, batt check
- prep trays, cloth, waste water container
- prep envelopes
- prep namelists


Symposium Panel Discussion– Kanta Portraits

Symposium Panel Discussion Kuala Lumpur Biennale, National Art Gallery, moderated by Majidi Amir together with artists Tan Wei Kheng- Son of rainforest (Malaysia) and myself- Kanta Portraits (Malaysia)

#KantaPortraits Deeply inspired by the works of other panelists, @shaqkoyok_art, tan wei kheng with their work with indigenous people. I feel a big collaboration coming soon with them

Kanta Portraits Symposium Panel Discussion @klbiennale; This Saturday 24 Feb, 3.30pm. Will be presenting and discussing on Be loved Humanity, moderated by Majidi Amir together with artists Tan Wei Kheng – Son of rainforest (Malaysia), Hangjohn Lin – The politic of love (Taiwan) & @jeffreyjclim – Kanta Portraits (Malaysia) #KantaBoxKamra #edgesofmalaysia #beyondborders

Facebook Event https://web.facebook.com/events/146537559374815/


Speaker & Panel Discussion– World Urban Forum

Leveraging Diversity & Culture, shaping the cities for all, was on a panel at @wuf9kl with very distinguish people from #UNHabitat culture, heritage and #UNESCO creative cities, Mayors, movers who are making things happen in the world. Glad that Malaysia Heritage Board is there to also represent. selected more for the art, photography & social research rather than the cycling or urbanist projects #CyclingKualaLumpur #KantaPortraits #isd25 #BicycleMapProject #VillageBicycleWorkshop


Feature: Urban Tales, China Daily & The Star TV

Late last year, intimate thoughts to my approach to my work with portraiture, this project and my own reflections.


Acquired new camera– 8x10

i just bought a new camera for over RM3,000 for the project trip to taiwan this year. most i've paid for a camera in a long time! would take me a year to R&D build one, so i thought best i invest in a maker who i believe in (also something I could afford). Coming in 3 months... say hello to 2.15kg The Intrepid Camera Co. 8x10" camera (versus my 9kg #5elecamm 10x12", i save 7kg on my check-in luggage).


First Expedition of the year– Kg Sg Kewa COAC

#KantaPortraits quick report, more pics to follow, when able to. Seemed like a dream. Only managed 8 exposures, travelling time was more than my actually time there. But what a place to be, understanding the deeper discourse of what's actually happening to Malaysia's first people. Sg. Papan, crossing Sg Perak, into the interiors of Sg. Kewa, Temiar tribe. Lost another cap, left my other SD card with Colin. #KantaBoxKamra #1interchange (with the kind support from COAC)

#KantaPortraits what's goes into packing. Kamra #1interchange my most trusty camera, mobile backpack #KantaBoxKamra
Box camera, lenses, education kit, chemicals, trays, cloth, lights, flash, light meter, batts, all fits into box. Dark cloth/ jacket, tripod.

Maps, GPS unit, water proof digital cameras, one change of clothes. Ready for expedition into the interiors.


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New studio space

#KantaPortraits, New Space. have not posted much on this project, but since I returned from Taiwan, I had to pack up the studio, workshop and darkroom to move to a new space. The last 2 weeks I have been busy unpacking and trying to organise a "garage sale" of all unused items from #instudio25. The project has a dedicated space now, although it would take me another month or more before it will be operational as a darkroom #kantaboxkamra #villagebicycleworkshop *note* if you're interested in "garage sale" items, please do drop me a message


Studio Workshop Move

it'll take a few months before the studio workshop will be operational again. But to more space and dedicated area, bye bye sri hartamas., hello studio workshop KL.


Art for grabs: Laundromat Love, PJ

KANTA portraits last Photo Session for the year with Art For Grabs: Laundromat of Love, collecting portraits & fund-raising for next trips to #KantaBorneo and #KantaTaiwan. Selling off my film camera collection too, to purchase a lightweight 8x10 field camera, replacing the heavy 10x12 for field work. *only 1 camera will be available #1interchange for the session. Maps and some prints will be on display. (An instant portraits service printed on Silver Gelatin paper).

Art For Grabs: Laundromat of Love


Reference; 8x10 field camera builds

The potential of printing large portraits is great, although 10x12" is not the best size for photopaper (need to get 20x24" cut down by hand), and weight limit on flights (to rural interiors of 20kg). This makes it almost impossible to bring along as support camera for studio setup. No time to build own lightweight update, so it's best to look into acquiring lightweight 8x10 field camera, replacing the heavy 10x12 for certain field work.

WoodyMan 8x10"- France
810€ (RM4,000)
Caractéristiques techniques
Poids : 3,3kg
Matériaux : peuplier-bouleau, aluminium, visserie inox-plastique
Extension : 69 mm / 600 mm
Mouvements :
front tilt : uniquement limité par le soufflet
front swing : uniquement limité par le soufflet
front shift : -/+65mm
Rise : 75 mm
Fall : 60 mm
Back tilt : -/+ 30°
Back swing : -/+ 20°
Dimensions du boîtier fermé :
Longueur : 365mm
Largeur : 315 mm / 360 mm (avec les boutons)
Hauteur : 99,5 mm
Dimensions de la planchette objectif : planchette Sinar
Diamètre du trou : Copal 3 ou sur mesure (inclus)
Montage trépied : 2 trous de fixation 3/8″ + adaptateur 1/4″
/!\ Le boitier est fourni sans objectif. /!\
/!\ Photos non contractuelles, de par sa fabrication artisanale, le produit peut différé.  /!\

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woodyman- france

woodyman- france

woodyman- france

Intrepid 8x10"- England
£480 (RM2,700)
Max bellows extension: 560mm
Min bellows extension: 60mm
Max Front Rise/Fall: + 70mm / - 60mm
Max Front Shift: +/- 60mm
Max Front Tilt +/- 50º
Max Front Swing +/- 50º
Rear Tilt - 35º / + 90º
Folded Dimensions: 295x295x75 mm
Weight: 2.15Kg / 4.7lb
Sinar lens board compatible
Tripod Mount 1/4” and 3/8”
The camera comes with a high quality ground glass screen with a 1/2” Grid
All the cameras are lovingly made by hand in our little workshop in Brighton on the south coast.

Intrepid 8x10"- England
Intrepid 8x10"- England

Intrepid 8x10"- England
Intrepid 8x10"- England


Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017

Kanta Portrait wall 2014-2017, the first piece I've made of the project. I have been working on this concept for a couple of years now, collecting cans (i've eaten most of it), but in the last 3 weeks before i left for Taiwan, i had to complete this in a mad rush. This panel consists of 67 cans, portraits of 85 people, taken from 2014 to 2017 in Malaysia, from the Northern Belum forest, to East Malaysia of people from all around Borneo. There is a deeper discourse, but i'll leave it as it is, visually. The exhibit is up from today till the 31st March 2018. So catch it when you can.

Jeffrey JC Lim / Dinding Potret Kanta 2014-2017
Hand-print on Silver Resin Coated paper, aluminium & steel food cans, bottle caps, mounted on oxidised zinc panel / 1975 x 503 x 135 mm / 2017 (67 cans, 85 people)



Dinding Potret Kanta 2014-2017

Jeffrey JC Lim / Dinding Potret Kanta 2014-2017  
Hand-print on Silver Resin Coated paper, aluminium & steel food cans, bottle caps, mounted on oxidised zinc panel / 1975 x 503 x 135 mm / 2017

A collection of portraits of the people of Malaysia. It is an attempt at a typological study of identity through portraiture. Cataloguing the diversity, Jeffrey Lim is exploring and understanding the realities of the socio-circumstances with his subjects, especially among the native & tribal society. As a juxtapose to the definition of nationally-constructed ideals of race and culture, he sees cultural identity changing fast, exerting and redefining itself at these areas of conflict.

Kanta Portraits is a photography project. The artist has built simple box cameras that can print instantly. Simply put, it is a mobile photo studio, made from waste & found materials, the size of a biscuit tin. The uniqueness is in the image, which is a silverprint that is chemically-processed immediately at the point of capture and given to the subject. The project is still on-going, currently exploring rural communities of Borneo. Researching and understanding the anthropology and ethnography similarities and link of Malaysia to the region and beyond.

  1. Perewa Muda, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  2. Sabir, Badera, Nawal Parasi, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  3. June Tan, Kuala Lumpur, 2016
  4. Mastupang Somoi, Kg Sungai Eloi, Sabah, 2017
  5. Shareena Ibrahim, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  6. Ili Sulaiman & Avinesh Kutty, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  7. Poodien, Kuala Lumpur. 2017
  8. Luqman Hakim, Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  9. Suzieyana & Haslinda, Kg Mengkapur, Sri Jaya, Pahang, 2016
  10. Rezzuan Tajudin, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  11. Ismail, Kg Mengkapur, Sri Jaya, Pahang, 2016
  12. Jo Kukathas / Curry Spice, Kuala Lumpur / London, 2017
  13. Rahim bin Undok, Kg Sungai Eloi, Sabah, 2017
  14. Tikio, Alab Lanas, Sabah, 2017
  15. Mahen Bala, Kuantan, 2017
  16. Alice & Rachael Acker, Boston, 2017
  17. Aiman Arif, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  18. Yaakob, Belum Forest, Perak, 2015
  19. Foo Chi Wei, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  20. Wan Eng, Long Umang Apok, Sarawak, 2017
  21. Amchamadevi & children, Semarak, Malaysia, 2017
  22. Sharaad Kuttan, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  23. Aedewan Adnan, Shah Alam, Selangor, 2015
  24. Rico, Zico & Rizo Leong, Ranau and Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  25. Zurina & child, Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  26. Janet Pillai, Kuala Lumpur, 2016
  27. Paulina Fernandes, Subang Jaya, 2015
  28. Salomah Uluh, Kg Sungai Eloi, Sabah, 2017
  29. Qishin Tariq, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  30. Joey, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  31. Shen-Tel, Kuching, Sarawak, 2016
  32. Julienne & Jane, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  33. Bedul bin Chemai, Kg Jemeri, Pahang, 2017
  34. Cassandra Albanus, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 2017
  35. Liyana Fizi, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  36. Adeline Tan, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  37. Safia Hanifah, Aiman Asmawar & Siti Farrah, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  38. Lost contact, Bowerhaus, Kuala Lumpur, 2016
  39. Zikri Rahman, Sg, Buloh, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  40. Jessie Justin, Kg Kiau, Kota Belud, Sabah, 2017
  41. Yusri Ahon, Kg Simgai Mai, Jerantut, Pahang, 2017
  42. Maria Lasimbang, Penampang, Sabah, 2017
  43. Nurul Aizam & Ridhwan Saidi, Alam Budiman, 2017
  44. Fraja Béha, Around the World, 2017
  45. Melson Elit, Kg. Putaton Inobong, Penampang, Sabah, 2017
  46. Pingling Yeoh, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  47. Yoyo & Cat, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  48. Ieranie, Kg Rantai Bundu, Sabah, 2017
  49. Andrew & family, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  50. Yebek, Nenek Bebe a/p Saman, Kg Mengkapur, Sri Jaya, Pahang, 2016
  51. Amery & family, Petaling Jaya, 2017
  52. Anita Ahmad, Petaling Jaya, 2015
  53. Ronnie Khoo, Kuala Lumpur, 2014
  54. Karleng Lim, Melbourne, 2015
  55. Si Siew, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  56. Sia Ngedau, Long Kerong, Sarawak, 2017
  57. Mohd Nazmi Rahimi, Miri, 2017
  58. Ne Neem, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  59. Mung ta, Kuala Lumpur, 2017
  60. Hanis Farisa, Bangi, 2015
  61. Sr. Patricia Limun, Keningau, 2017
  62. Nor Sugie, Kg Gentes, Perak, 2017
  63. Karl Rafiq Nadzarin, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  64. Ng Su Ann, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  65. Malik Taufiq, Kuala Lumpur, 2015
  66. Diwa Tharan, Malaysia, 2015
  67. Daniel Putra & Nasruddin, Kuala Lumpur, 2017

Kanta Portraits Artpiece

Finally put the finishing touches to a concept for a collection of portraits. Would be years in the thinking, making and development of the first conceptual piece on Kanta.

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been quiet but have been busy putting this together. Trying hard to balance four major projects due this month itself, this being one of them. A collection of portraits from 2014 to 2017, huge effort to put this together. catch it at KL Biennale coming November. (had to unwrap for *Condition Report! now that's what it meant)

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Collection by Balai Seni, professionally examined, and signed off on, wrapped. It's out of the studio.

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Dinding Potret Kanta 2014-2017 gets hung today at Balai Seni Negara. Sorting out list of names... is taking me awhile!

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exploring & researching, many papers & studies point towards north, our anthropological trail, and Taiwan is one such place. A pilot trip in November, meeting & researching, hopefully setting some pretext and deeper understanding


IN THE NEWS; Nikkei Asian Review

Old-style box-camera portraits intrigue Malaysians– Photographer's pinhole pictures capture the heart and soul of the country by CAROLYN HONG, Contributing writer, Nikkei Asian Review

KUALA LUMPUR -- Observers could be forgiven for wondering why graphic designer and artist Jeffrey Lim lugs an old oil tin around with him. In an age of super-slim camera phones, it is far from obvious that Lim's tin is a combination camera and darkroom.

Lim, a youthful 39-year-old, has been travelling around Malaysia since 2014 to take photographs of people in market places and villages. "It is really as simple as light through a pinhole falling onto paper coated with silver," he said.



Obsolete (?) talk & demonstration

With billions of images being made and shared digitally every day, and photographic equipment increasingly reliant on software and computing power, are traditional image-making methods still relevant?

In conjunction with No Man's Land, an Antarctic photography exhibition currently hosted in Balai Seni Negara (BSN), artists Mahen Bala, Jeffrey Lim and Dr. Azril Ismail are conducting a workshop and sharing session on analogue photography.

Analogue processes in photography explores the intimate and direct relationship between the person, the proces, and the outcome. The physicality and modality of these analogue processes allow the practitioners to modify, adapt, and experiment with various elements to produce new perspectives on a familiar object.

Mahen Bala will start the session with a short presentation on the extreme challenges faced by the early photographers in Antarctica and how their works have survived the century and is
being revisited today.

K. Azril Ismail will be sharing his experience in 19th century photographic processes. He will demonstrate the many steps that fo into making a wet plate using collodion.

Jeffrey Lim will be demonstrating how 'anything' can be turned into a camera, provided the practitioner has a full grasp of the fundamental principles of light, optics and photo-chemistry.


Travelling Bag for 2 Cameras

120L bag & trolley system, capable of transporting #1interchange & #5elecamm about 25kg total

30" hardshell, RM 290+ got this one instead
120L expended
foldable trolley


REPAIRED; Sekonic L-308DC light meter

my Sekonic light meter has returned from Japan's factory. Cost me bout RM 200 shipping in total, repair is under warranty, now I have 2 light meters


WORKSHOP: Arus Maker Education Workshop

17 Sept, 3pm will be holding a workshop in collaboration with Huda XD Arus on the magic of photography. Building simple camera obscura and experiencing image making. Only meant for School Kids, but I think open to public too. MDEC KL Convention Centre



TALK: Pecha Kucha

Coming 7th Sept, I'll be giving a Pecha Kucha talk, pretty quick 6 minutes on the KANTA portraits project. For the first time, I'll be sharing a few intimate details of my personal journey with identity and how i found myself through making portraits. #KantaBorneo is still ongoing, i'll share a few notes on that too. I'll do a demonstration after too.

prints of the organisers

hakin does a selfie

with the organisers

presentation slide