Alt. Venture

Brunei Blogger May Cho collaborates with photographer Arif Rafie, Grunge Goth Street-style space buns, experimental, fashion, style
When hobbyists come together, an alternative, experimental sort of something is borne. 

This series of photographs was taken by Arif Rafie, a 16-year old with a camera and too much time in his hands. We pondered the vicinity of an old 80s bowling alley as dusk approached, the rundown, corroding walls fuel for our aesthetic joy. People flocked in and out of the fast food joint beside it as we crunched through gravel, their turning heads stopping us in our tracks occasionally. We exchanged glances of sheepish discomfort throughout the process.

When hobbyists come together, a bond of mutual respect, an almost laughable form of comprehension, is formed.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ARIF RAFIE

Brunei Blogger May Cho collaborates with photographer Arif Rafie, Grunge Goth Street-style space buns, experimental, fashion, style
Brunei Blogger May Cho collaborates with photographer Arif Rafie, Grunge Goth Street-style space buns, experimental, fashion, style
Brunei Blogger May Cho collaborates with photographer Arif Rafie, Grunge Goth Street-style space buns, experimental, fashion, style
I awoke that day with an unusual crave for adventure. Nothing drastic, just something within the itchy grasps of my fingers, enough to push the boundaries while still leaving room to breathe. My method of relieving this crave? Space buns.

It was an odd sort of crave, one that's been simmering beneath the brims of street-style envy for a little more than a while now. It was always a question of where, when, whether it was appropriate to twist my hair into two buns. The answer was always a resounding never from the stance of logic and shame. But, when an unusual crave for adventure comes knocking on the door, logic and shame are thrown out the window and hope becomes pinned on equally adventurous minds. My hope was not dashed when it materialised in the form of Arif on location, his springy saunter and laid back demeanour instant charms.

Brunei Blogger May Cho collaborates with photographer Arif Rafie, Grunge Goth Street-style space buns, experimental, fashion, style
Brunei Blogger May Cho collaborates with photographer Arif Rafie, Grunge Goth Street-style space buns, experimental, fashion, style
Brunei Blogger May Cho collaborates with photographer Arif Rafie, Grunge Goth Street-style space buns, experimental, fashion, style
He began venturing into photography earlier this year. It was a product of having too much time in his hands and having been bombarded with a wave of inspiration on Instagram. The budding shutterbug in him began to rise after having bought a camera for himself to replace the iPhone he has been hitherto regularly using.

He brands his work, "Capturing Souls," a direct homage to his interest in portraiture photography and street style. I cannot think of a better way to describe his work what with his affinity for both earnest and dramatic captures. Putting the latter in combination with my own love for anything dark and moody, this alt(ernative) venture is the result.

At one point during our session, Arif directed me into a tunnel, cage-like contraption and told me to work with the space, eventually directing me to look like I was desperate to escape. Crave for adventure? No problem, says Arif.

Brunei Blogger May Cho collaborates with photographer Arif Rafie, Grunge Goth Street-style space buns, experimental, fashion, style
Brunei Blogger May Cho collaborates with photographer Arif Rafie, Grunge Goth Street-style space buns, experimental, fashion, style


I initially rejected the idea of putting these photos into the post and decided to let them not see the light of day. What do these have to do with an outfit post anyway? Absolutely nothing, but I like these photos, and we are hobbyists venturing. Amidst the stares and puzzling glances thrown our way, we enjoyed taking these shots, so enjoy our alternative, experimental sort of something.

Find Arif Rafie and his works on Instagram.

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