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Saturday, May 29th, 2010

appelhandjes

appelhandjes

An old camera has recently arrived at my doorstep, asking me if he could, despite his flaws and malfunctions, live with me and maybe come with me on a trip sometimes. Of course what he really wanted was to be used again, but he was too proud to say it. I saw through him easily, and I have to be honest: he was too good-looking to resist. I took him in.

At first everything was great, we joked around and had a good time. But then came the point where he had to perform. I gently cocked his shutter, and fired it. Almost without a sound and trembling with anticipation, he opened up his shutter blades and closed them again rapidly. So far so good. I turned the dial down to 1/4 of a second, cocked his shutter again, and fired. He opened up his blades quickly, made the softest whirring sound, and then did nothing.

After my inventory of the camera’s flaws (a sticky shutter that was unreliable at high speeds and not functional at all at speeds below 1/8 of a second and a view finder with festive mouldy patterns encrusted in it), I must say I felt ambivalent towards him.  I wasn’t sure what to do: get him fixed and pay the bills or throw him out and avoid the costs and the risk of wasting film. And like a cat that doesn’t know whether to attack the bird or just eat from the bowl starts washing itself out of pure confusion,  instead of choosing either option, I just loaded him up with a roll of 120 film.

Handed down

Handed down

Camera: Yashica D TLR with f/2.8 viewing lens and f/3.5 taking lens

Bank holidays

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

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We have a lot of bank holidays, I recently realised. It’s weird to me to get a day off in honour of some religious happening that may or may not have actually happened and that none of the people I know really cares about. I gladly join the party, though, when we celebrate the fact that we live in a country that’s more or less ‘free’. But that’s only a bank holiday once every five years. Weird priorities? Yes. Is it important enough to change? Not really. Am I bummed out by that? No, not at all, this was just a little observation of mine that I wanted to hurl into cyberspace, along with a semi-appropriate picture I took recently that’s also pretty by itself.

Interiors

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Inside

Skin and bones

Deep

Allotments

Friday, April 16th, 2010
natural

natural

scootmobiel

scootmobiel

This roll was underexposed for the most part, one of the disadvantages of the Holga that only has one shutter speed. But the outdoor shots were okay. These were the shots I took at the allotments I wrote about earlier, where I was all but scared away by the owners for carrying around a camera.