Eudora Maya is a 22-year-old photographer who creates her work based on nostalgia. For her, being a part of the creative scene in Malaysia is liberating and that's why the country holds a special place in her heart.
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Eudora isI’m still figuring that out myself. Simply, I’m a 22-year-old girl who’s going to graduate with an IT degree in November, who just so happens to enjoy creating photographs.

A normal Eudora day would be…I wish I had something more interesting to say to you right now, but I can be ultimately laidback where I spend a week inside my apartment and watch TV shows.

Her creative process consists of watching films...The things I create are always born out of the things I’ve been inspired by. A lot of the inspiration comes from the films or short documentaries I’ve watched. Every time I get into a creative lull, I watch films. Or if it’s really bad and I could feel my anxiety starts to bubble up, I book a cheap ticket flight out of the country for a 3-day trip. I take time for myself so I can be in a much happier and confident state. Also, it helps to do weekly creative freelance jobs as long as I feel like I’m doing work consistently. It allows me financially to start working on personal projects. Overall, it’s a constant building process. 

Her work is… A series of carefully and intimately placed moments. Perhaps, in a cinematic sense too. Currently, my work is not where I ultimately want it to be. It’s an ongoing process for sure. 

Addressing nostalgia in her photos... I can’t quite put a finger on it myself. It’s more of a feeling. I feel some type of way about it. So, if another person feel some other type of way, that’s great then. 

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Her photographs don’t mirror her alter ego...I don’t think I have an alter ego. I think my photographs represent what I believe in the most. 

Research is important...Though I’d focus on practice. Research is important because you have to know what you want or what best serves the project. Practising consistently makes you aware of any unprecedented challenges and adjust expectations. You’ll become adaptable. I’d like to say I do. Personally, I haven’t done enough practise to satisfy the many types of research I’ve done. 

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As a creative in Malaysia...I think it’s quite liberating to be a part of a creative scene in Malaysia. Something I hope to actively happen where I’m originally from. I’ve met a lot of people who are now my friends in creative spaces. Malaysia is a special place for me because of that. 

On changing the attitudes towards art...The things I dislike are the undervaluing of creative work and the entitlement that comes with it. I understand art has become more and more accessible to people. It’s a wonderful thing. But some people tend to not fully understand the work that goes behind it, which makes them feel entitled to make uninformed opinions on what value the art should have. I think that particular problem kind of happens everywhere in the world. One more thing I dislike – censorship, but it is what it is. The things I like to change are the general attitude towards art and allowing it to be seen as a legitimate career. So, creatives won’t get taken advantage of and won’t feel like they’re overpricing their services. 

On the importance of collaboration...It’s so important to do so. Everyone has their own viewpoints and personalities. It relieves me of the responsibility of an area where I’m not super familiar with. Thus, delivering the best version of an outcome. In general, it’s not about you and yourself – it’s about the project. And having creative people in a collaborative space can be a humbling experience. Also, it’s more fun!

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2005 Eudora says…2005 Eudora would say with video cam in her hand pointing at 2019 Eudora, “You look old.” I guess I’ve always been more of an observer since I was a kid. An 8-year-old me would have probably recorded a 22-year-old me in silence. Because that’s what I did as a kid, recording my sisters watching TV and zooming in on their faces. That’s what a 2005 Eudora would do. 

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