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To achieve the negative drawing effect, Widjaja had to look at his strokes through the viewfinder of his iPad while he was drawing, to get the "negative" more detailed so that it looks like a proper positive picture. Without the camera-aided process, he was unable to differentiate the subtle tonal shifts with just the naked eye. (Left and right) A young former president of Indonesia, Suharto.
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To achieve the negative drawing effect, Widjaja had to look at his strokes through the viewfinder of his iPad while he was drawing, to get the "negative" more detailed so that it looks like a proper positive picture. Without the camera-aided process, he was unable to differentiate the subtle tonal shifts with just the naked eye. (Left) Widjaja creating an image while looking at the viewfinder of his iPad to get the negative picture. (Right) The finished positive of the hand-drawn work viewed through a smartphone.
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"It's really about my personal memories and feelings. I wanted to take these historical and political archives and turn them into fairly idiosyncratic expressions… it's very subjective." - Architecture-trained artist Boedi Widjaja
SINGAPORE ART WEEK

Positively engaging art of negatives

Indonesian-born artist Boedi Widjaja cleverly bridges the past and the present through the use of old photography techniques.
Dec 18, 2015 5:50 AM

LOOKING at history through the lens of a camera takes on new meaning in the hands of Indonesian-born artist Boedi Widjaja, who blends traditional drawing skills with smartphone technology for his current exhibition Imaginary Homeland.

The 10 drawings feature the hand-drawn likenesses of