Born in 1926 and died in 2009, Vivian Maier has led a rather quiet life. Or at least, that was how others saw her. However, the view through her lens shed a different world that only Maier saw.
John Maloof came across a box of negatives in 2007 while researching for images for a book, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he scanned the negatives and discovered the incredible world of Vivian Maier. I won’t go on with the history of Maloof and Maier. You can read more of that here.
@6 months ago
Of late, I’ve been rather obsessed with the idea of restoring old film cameras. More specifically, analogue rangefinder cameras. Not SLR. But rangefinders like the Canon QL series, Yashica GS family, or the Minolta Hi-matic line. Working in a company that produces the world’s best film-based rangefinder cameras really perked my interest. It doesn’t help that I spend a bit of time with the technicians and appreciate the fine mechanism that goes into a rangefinder camera.
But for a start, I will not dive right into a Leica. There are really too many fine details that I am not aware of yet, and opening one up is bound for disaster. Hence, the first camera that came to mind was the Canonet QL25 which I have acquired some weeks ago.
@8 months ago
One of the last pictures that my mom took with the family.
It’s been exactly 3 weeks since my Mom passed away. A solemn fact, but very real.
Now, my parents haven’t been the academic kind. They didn’t have much education, but boy, did they have a lot of life experiences. As a couple, my parents went through a lot throughout their marriage. Of course, there were good times, and bad ones. I wasn’t born yet when the worst time hit, but I have heard of them.
While my parents cannot teach me advanced mathematics or how the universe works, they created an environment for me to flourish. While I am no scientist now, I love science and maths, and I cheered when the Higgs Boson particles were affirmed to exist.
But most importantly, my parents taught me how to be a good person.
@9 months ago
I’m a sucker for vintage cameras, and over the weekend I took the plunge and bought a good-condition Olympus Trip 35. I had always wanted to get one of these, but I heard scary stories of units which selenium cell meter didn’t work anymore. Hence, I put off the purchase for this inexpensive camera for a long while.
I came across a post online last week for this Trip 35, and the seller posted pictures of the actual camera. It looked really good, almost brand-new. But what really got me interested was the fact that he said the meter on this camera was still working.
@1 year ago
I won’t say I am the No.1 fan of Daido Moriyama, but I think I am one of the more fanatical fans of his works here in Singapore.
Recently, I managed to catch the documentary which he did with B.B.B. titled Near Equal Daido Moriyama. The alternate title of this film is also Stray Dog of Tokyo, which is quite apt, considering that one of his most famous images is that of a dog looking back at him.
The 2001 documentary was available on DVD, but from what I understand, it has since been discontinued. So, the method which I got the film was rather unorthodox, but a Moriyama fan got to do what a Moriyama fan has to, right?
@1 year ago with 7 notes
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