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In The Frame: Lilian Tay

In The Frame: Lilian Tay


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Hi! I'm Lilian. I'm a 24 years old female artist born in Malaysia and I currently reside in Wichita, KS. I recently received my B.F.A. in Art Education with an emphasis in Photography. I'm a full-time art educator and photography has been my passion for about 9 years.

I started shooting film when I was a freshmen in high school. I originally took Intro to Photography as part of the graduation requirement, but I eventually grew to enjoy it as I got to experiment and understand the technical processes behind film photography. Through film photography, I have learned to slow down and take the time to observe the scenery before I press the shutter button. During my internship at a local high school, my cooperating teacher, who is an experienced photography teacher, has taught me much about how we can further experiment with the prints that we've processed and create unique results through the process.

I started out film photography using Canon AE-1 and Minolta X-370 as those were what's available in my high school class. During my high school and early college years, I've only taken all my shots with Ilford HP5+ 400 and Arista EDU Ultra 400. Currently, I'm using a Pentax K1000 that I bought at a yard sale. I'm beginning to experiment with color films, starting with Kodak Colorplus 200.

This series of works that I've submitted is called Manipulation in the Dark. Manipulation in the Dark is a series of work that focuses on the alteration of film photography. Each work has been manipulated with a combination of splattering the developer on the prints, fogging the prints under tungsten light, and sepia toning during the printing process in the darkroom. The intention of this series is to draw attention to utilizing a combination of darkroom photographic practices that are considered incorrect to one's advantage. All of these photos were processed and printed on Arista EDU Ultra VC RC Paper. I love taking photos of the nature and document the process. My goals for the future are to gain more experience with color film photography and create my own darkroom. In addition, I would like to dive into medium format in the near future.

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FILM Ferrania Update: Kickstarter Backers Can Use Pledge as Credits in Online Shop

FILM Ferrania Update: Kickstarter Backers Can Use Pledge as Credits in Online Shop

Today, FILM Ferrania updated it's Kickstarter backers with an offer to claim 100% of their original pledge from their embattled Kickstarter campaign to be used as credits in the Film Ferrania online shop, which they say can be used on "anything you wish," including "new products that will be released during next months."

Film Ferrania originally launched their Kickstarter campaign in 2014, which included setting up a factory to produce FILM Ferrania slide film as a reward for it's backers. The campaign raised $322,420 USD, exceeding its goal of $250,000.

Their plans were met with many difficulties over the years, many of which were detailed by Dave Bias, FILM Ferrania's Marketing Director, in an in-depth interview on the Analog Talk Podcast.

Social Distance Crew Cotton T-Shirt - 100% Proceeds to California Association of Food Banks

Social Distance Crew Cotton T-Shirt - 100% Proceeds to California Association of Food Banks

100% of the proceeds of this t-shirt will be donated to the California Association of Food Banks

I have been anxious, scared, and uncertain about not only my health and livelihood, but also the health and livelihood of the people around me and all over the world. These frightening times have tested the limits of many of our structures.

The reality right now is that food is scarce for many people, and in the near future, maybe even totally unavailable. There is a tendency to flock to stores and clear out shelves in times of impending emergency, but that leaves many lesser-privileged people in need.

Food banks will prove to be a critical resource in light of what is happening right now with COVID-19, and we are merely at the beginning of how this thing will test our infrastructure, supply chain, and society.

SO: I've been trying to figure out how I can help. I decided that I would do what I always try to do: I tried to make myself laugh but still reflect what was weighing heavily on my mind, and I came up with this first design with the intention of raising money for the California Association of Food Banks. You can order one today in a variety of colors.

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The Trevor Project: Preventing LGBTQ Youth Suicide

The Trevor Project: Preventing LGBTQ Youth Suicide

*UPDATE: We sold out of all pins on December 17th and made a donation of $310 to The Trevor Project on December 18th, 2019!

100% of the profits the this new pin will be donated to The Trevor Project on a monthly basis. A limited run of 100 pins were created for the project.

My latest project was inspired by getting to know more people in the film photography community who live different lifestyles and face different challenges than I do, which lead to some conversations about the high rate of depression likeliness of suicide in LGBTQ youth. Through some research I found many unsettling statistics, especially troublesome during this time of year when an emphasis on family and togetherness is highly stressed.

I came to be familiar with a non-profit organization called The Trevor Project, a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Breakdown of the costs associated in producing this pin and the expected donation amount:

Item Cost Per Quantity Total
pin 2.4 100 240
back 0.15 200 30
custom card 1.2 100 120
bag 0.04 100 4
package labor (by hour) 1 10 10
merchant fee each (30 cents per transaction) 0.3 100 30
merchant fee (3% of every transaction) 0.3 100 30
Ad Cost FB 188.06 1 188.06
Ad Cost IG 39.82 1 39.82
TOTAL: 691.88
PRICE EACH: $9.99, total sales $999
Expected Donation Amount: $307.12


Republished from The Trevor Project:

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.(1)
  • LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth.(2)
  • LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.(2)
  • Of all the suicide attempts made by youth, LGB youth suicide attempts were almost five times as likely to require medical treatment than those of heterosexual youth.(2)
  • Suicide attempts by LGB youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.(2)
  • In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25.(3)
  • LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.(4)
  • 1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9–12) seriously considered suicide in the past year. (5)
  • Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.(6)


[1] CDC, NCIPC. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. (2010) {2013 Aug. 1}. Available

[2] CDC. (2016). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

[3] James, S. E., Herman, J. L., Rankin, S., Keisling, M., Mottet, L., & Anafi, M. (2016). The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Washington, DC: National Center for Transgender Equality.

[4] Family Acceptance Project™. (2009). Family rejection as a predictor of negative health outcomes in white and Latino lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults. Pediatrics. 123(1), 346-52.

[5] CDC. (2016). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

[6] IMPACT. (2010). Mental health disorders, psychological distress, and suicidality in a diverse sample of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths. American Journal of Public Health. 100(12), 2426-32.