Interview #31 - Amin Fitri

Amin Fitri is a photographer based in Terengganu, Malaysia and born in the 90s. His passion for photography comes from finding delight in capturing portraits of people. He also co-founded We Are Grafy in 2012.

You can find more of his work and We Are Grafy on:

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What’s happening with you lately?

I just submitted my work for “Tanah Kita” exhibition organized by The Biddy's. The exhibition is mainly highlights the culture around us through our lens. Besides that, my team and I also released music video for a local band earlier this year. We feel that this project has put us outside our comfort zone.

What draws you into photography, specifically shooting portraits?

I like shooting portraits. I am fond of it because of the secret behind every smile, the tales of the moment and the emotion of the natural beauty shown by the subject. For every shoot that I did, there is always something different.

Do you remember your first ever shoot?

It was back when I was 16 years old, I went for a street outing with my school mates and realized how fun and exciting photography is.

How’s the photography scene over there in your perspective?

Only some people can accept my style of shooting.

What are your challenges being a photographer?

To constantly experiment, while maintaining my style in order to improve my artwork and to gather some audience here.

How does the environment you’re living in influence your photography?

Terengganu is surrounded by its magnificent nature that is hard to ignore. Therefore, I try to capture the emotion of the subject to match the nature’s beauty.

Do you have certain aesthetics or method of shooting?

I try to keep it minimal. Less is more, right?

What has drawn you to into shooting film?

The unique smell of film and the light leaks draw me close in using it. But I just shoot film as my hobby.

Do you think it is still relevant to shoot in film?

Sure, it is still relevant depending on the photographer’s style because sometimes, certain projects is more suitable in using film.

What is your go-to camera and film?

Fisheye No. 2 and Olympus mju II, with Color Negative 400 and Agfa Vista 400

In your opinion, what is the difference shooting film and digital?

Shooting film needs extra caution before clicking the shutter because we don’t want to waste the frames. Photographers who rarely use film need to experiment before hand in order to get used to the settings. With a digital camera, it’s easier to adapt in any conditions since we can easily meddle with the settings.

Describe how do your approach your work

I will do my research beforehand regarding the location and I will always review my previous artwork for improvement.

I will identify the advantage of the location such as its natural lighting. I will also try to make the model comfortable in front of the camera.

I will select a few photos and try to edit it first until I find the best result that I wanted to achieve. When I’m done, I will send the end result to my client.

What’s your post-processing like?

I would go for minor editing. I’ll adjust the brightness and contrast when necessary. I like my photos to be a little bit dark.

Do you have preferences for choosing subjects or models?

My personal favorite would be models who can create this 'resting bitch face' look.

Any other works or photographers that you follow?

Rahman Roslan, Nicoline Patricia Malina, Jacob Messex and Theo Gosselin

In what ways that camera gears or smartphone apps matter to you in producing the work?

I prefer camera gears that can be used in any kind of lighting. Since I do minor editing on my works, I rarely use smartphone apps.

Do you earn enough as a photographer?

So far I’m satisfied with it.

Who do you think are the audience of your work?

People who enjoy portraits that incorporate with nature.

How much you think people will value your work?

I feel a bit under appreciated and it’s probably due to less exposure of my artwork. I am still working on that.

How do you cope in getting the attention through social media or word of mouth?

I don’t let it get my way. I believe it’s a bonus that my artwork gets the attention but at the end of the day, I’m focusing on the quality of my work so I can deliver amazing output to my clients.

Any music that you listen to lately? Books that you read? Movies that you just watched recently?

I’m into Alina Baraz and I've recently watched Lion.

Anything that keeps you excited in the future?

I hope more opportunities will be coming my way, especially in music video projects. I would also like to be more involved in editorial photography in the future.

Any last words?

One of the quotes that I abide by is that if we want to make a change, we have to start it first. Anyway, I would like to take this opportunity to show my gratitude towards people who has inspired and assisted me in my life, especially my family and close friends. I am also humbled by the opportunity that We Shoot Souls has given me

[ed: Thanks]