Tell us a little bit more about yourself?
My name is Alfi Eddie, 23 this year. Well, people might not know that I am actually a law enforcer, and yes, my interest in photography and editing does not relate much to my job (I can’t keep myself to desk-bound job). I was once a design student - I graduated with a Diploma in Environment Design from Temasek Polytechnic School of Design. I uphold my design principles till today even though I am on a totally different field of work right now. However I’m in the process of obtaining a degree sponsorship. If God is willing, I will continue my design path, preferably in visual graphics. I only started picking up photography towards the end of my 3 years in polytechnic.
Where do you currently reside in and what do you love about this place?
Singapore, the FINE lion city. I love my country because I feel super safe in it. No doubt, the security here is really appreciated by our people . Photography-wise, Singapore is ever-changing in its landscape. There will surely be new green projects/buildings/tourists spots consistently appearing, although some iconic historical places are slowly vanishing. We are given the chance to appreciate and embrace it before they are gone.
Do you have any special talents?
I am able to fold my ears, maintain it for as long as I wish and POP it! My friends get amused by it easily. Apart from that, I love editing pictures and superimposing, making something dramatic or quirky! It is just for fun, but I pay serious attention to every detail in the pictures.
What are you passionate about?
I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT ANYTHING DESIGN RELATED. I guess I could never let go of my design traits, I love making DIY stuff. Even for birthdays, I will make something creative and apply my design fundamentals on it. DESIGN IS MY PASSION!
What is the biggest personal change you have made?
When I was 14, my father passed away from a heart attack. Ever since then, I worked my way up - being independent, being the head of my family, supporting my family. Instead of abandoning my studies, this incident even spurred me on to be one of the top students for my GCE ‘O’ Levels and even one of the top students in my diploma cohort. This experience as a whole was the biggest personal change for me. It made me who I am today.
Would you rather be stranded on a deserted island alone or with someone you don’t like?
Be with someone I don’t like, I guess. I believe in giving myself a second chance to get to know and understand the person better. Maybe I might have been too quick to judge him/her!
Would you rather attend school at Hogwarts or live in Narnia?
NARNIA ! WILD AND FREE, no boundaries. I am a free bird kind of guy.
What is your favorite movie?
It has got to be 300. I’m in total awe of war movies, and this movie tops it with its immense graphic and storyline!
If you had a time machine, which decade would you travel to?
The GREASE era! I love everything from that era, from their cars, to their culture and even to their fashion.
What is your day-to-day schedule in school?
Every day was heavenly. I was so passionate about school and what I was studying. Even though architecture students seldom get sufficient sleep, I love the life as an architecture student. It was a very hands-on experience. I got to explore different buildings and landscape, learn their shapes and explore their structures, draw inspiration from them and turn that inspiration into my own physical masterpiece. Not only that, I got to portray my ideas through graphics and super impose them on public spaces (that is how I started Photoshop!).
Did anyone or anything play a big part in your interest in photography?
Nope. It was an accidental interest, I shall say.
Are there any spots in school that you frequently photograph?
The Triangular Gardens. It has a very French design layout style. Symmetrical.
Tell us a particular interesting story you experience while doing your course in TP?
There was several occasions where we sneakily stayed over the night in school to finish out projects , and we experience some spooky paranormal actvities .
What equipment do you use to shoot your photographs?
I use my Olympus EPL 6 with a 45mm Olympus lens .
What would you consider your style of photography?
I love taking portraits, and sometimes adding some fantasy into them. Check out #portalgraphy #shrinkthepeople on Instagram!
Why do you choose to shoot portraits and to employ a fantastical theme?
I feel that the younger generations these days follow the same trends - they take up photography because everyone has DSLRs. And all they do (well, most of them) is to take pictures of shoes, rooftops, typical trending apparels. No offense to anyone. Too many of such shots everywhere make them less eye-catching. Hence, I came up with this style of mine because I once tried it during my school major project and the responses from my coursemates were encouraging. Thereafter, I fused my interest of taking portraits with that idea of portal-style photography .
What is your inspiration behind portal-style photography?
My inspiration comes from anywhere. The idea will just pop out, and voila, I’ll try to execute it!
How do you go about doing it?
This style of photography involves a lot of pre- and post-photography image processing. You need to visualise the whole thing, the steps of its execution, the angle of where the subject stands, and of course, the shadows also play a part to add a realistic effect. I do really go into details (:
How do you edit your photographs?
Well, it is quite simple for those with basic Photoshop skills.
1. You need a background of your preferred location, preferably somewhere with less human traffic.
2. Take a shot with ONLY the background. The second shot will be the subject with the background. Take note that the focal area has to tally. The subject is the main aim, hence your first shot has to be have a bit on a bokeh effect.
3. Marquee out the unwanted areas you wish to delete in Photoshop and combine the first shot and second shot together.
Why did you decide not to continue with portal photography any longer?
I still do want to continue the projects, but due to the hassle of carrying the frames and time constraints, I’m not able to continue currently. It is not the end. There will be more in coming future.
Did anyone inspire you to shoot miniatures?
I was inspired by an old TV kid’s show “Honey, I shrunk the kids!”
When you shoot, do you follow any theme/ particular topic of interest?
Not really, I post anything that I wish to post. No particular theme. Let it be wild and free. No restrictions
We noticed that that you post photographs on Instagram with the 4x5 dimension. Is there any particular reason for doing so?
Yes, I believe the landscape format has a lot more to offer that the 1x1 format in terms of perspective.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
I wish to continue my #shrinkthepeople #portalgraphy sequels. Stay tuned!
What is your advice for aspiring photographers?
It is not just about taking pictures. Like myself, I use mediums in my shots such as the frame to turn it into the main idea. Do not blindly follow trends, just be yourself. Shoot what you love, self-satisfaction is better than pleasing others.