When KODAKIT opened for photographers in January, Solihin Suhaimi was the first to register. Our team had already spoken to him about the product while we were building it and he had given us valuable feedback, so we were excited to see his name on our list of registered photographers. Solihin has a style of street photography that mixes product shots into Singapore locations for a local, personal touch. He took some time to tell us about his approach to photography and what makes him unique:
How did you get started shooting photography? I got started with photography about a year ago. Started a brand new Instagram account and started posting photos that I took using my mobile phone. I actually got my first film camera around three years ago as a birthday present but I wasn’t into it that much then. Got my first DSLR around March 2015 and have been taking it seriously ever since.
What types of photography do you specialize in? I specialize in product lifestyle photography, conceptual and street.
What is you favorite thing about your photography career? What I love the most is that I get to meet new people and make new friends. From them, I get to find new perspectives, share ideas, see photography (and sometimes, life) in a different point of view and the most important thing is learning new things. The other thing that I like is that it challenges you. In Singapore, the places to go are limited. There is just so much that you can explore in Singapore and sometimes, if not most, you have to be creative with whatever that you see/find. And that’s what makes it fun.
What makes your style unique? I try my best to not make it cliché. I come up with concepts and ideas before a shoot but most of the time, the best ones aren’t the ones we plan.
Of all the photos you’ve shot, which one is your favorite? Why? This is kind of hard as I have a few favorites but if I were to choose one, it’ll be this photo. It is a candid shot of the entrance of a temple in Little India. I was influenced by the works of Steve McCurry while growing into photography, hence loving the spontaneity of candid shots. The colors, the composition, the subject is all interesting to me and if I could print one picture of mine to be put up on a wall, it’ll be this. I am also in the process of completing a series I started called ‘100 days of Commute’ where I take pictures of people while I commute to work every day for 100 days. It’s a challenge for me to think out of the box every time I want to capture a person’s expression in the train or at the bus stop. You can view my series on twitter with the hashtag #100daysofcommute.
Is there a photo session you’ve always wanted to shoot, but haven’t gotten a chance? I have always wanted to shoot a look book with a brand that has that '90s look. That’ll give me the chance and experience to shoot their products on film and experiment with a whole new genre. I have also been wanting to go on a travel photo assignment to capture the essence of the city or a country.
If you're interested in seeing more of Solihin's photos, check out his Instagram. Here are some more of our favorites; click on them to see larger versions: