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G.A.S, red dot and Murphy’s law

The excitement of landing my current job and not feeling like a bum after graduation had worn off. The job became just that, a job. How to deal with a sentence of slavery in society.  At times I sit at my desk wondering what the hell am I doing.  Sadly I think consumerism is given as a faux antidote to keep the wheel spinning. A fleeting moment, until the next product or model is released, planned obsolence. A mere cycle, work, buy, work, buy. Photography became reserved for weekends only and that is if  I was lucky. I wanted to shoot during my lunchtimes but lugging a big dslr  wasn’t really something I wanted to do. Before I knew it I had come down with a syndrome….. the Gear Acquisition kind, a type of consumerist disease which photography enthusiasts and professionals are easily susceptible to. First I began thinking how a x100s would be great. It’s small, compact an would be perfect for those lunchtime walkabouts plus they fixed the slow autofocus problem of its predecessor. Or maybe even the OMD, its weatherproof plus its cheaper now since the newer EM10 is out. I came across OMD E-M10 posters around the bus stops near work and they state  “Olympus cares about your health and happiness”.oly caresOh what about the new sony A7rs. Full freaking frame! :O Most free days became spent just researching rather than shooting. Going in an endless loop of this camera vs that camera vs that camera. But in the end it became all about that red dot. That damn red dot. Couldn’t get away from it.  A camera that “should” last me a life time. Why get something in the meantime when I really wanted that other something and could get if I only waited. I calculated that it will take me around 1.5 years before its acquisition along with a second hand 35mm Cron. A long wait, but I see it as practicing a form of delayed gratification albeit expensive. In the very long mean time why not start shooting film again to pass the wait. And so 6 weeks ago I sent over my first B&W film to get developed and scanned interstate as it was cheaper than my local lab. A way to make the wait for the red dot bearable.  Something to look forward at the end working week. Christmas on the mail 😀 Enter Murphy’s Law. Sending film over by mail is pretty scary. If it get’s lost that’s it. Gone forever. It had already been two weeks since my film had been sent over and I started to get worried. I called the lab to check if they sent it already but by some funny happening, my film arrived in the lab’s mail as I spoke to one of the workers. He informs me the easter long weekend must have delayed all the mails. He guaranteed he would start the machine and process it as soon as soon as possible. What a relief it was. As long as they had my roll and they had not sent it back getting lost on the way. I expected it to come the following week but it did not. Decided to call the lab again to inquire and was told they had given it to their dispatch department a week ago. I was told they would ring me back to give me the tracking number for my package. Three days have gone by and still no phone call. I rang again to inquire, and was told once again I would get a call back. But nothing. The following week I ring again but this time I was given the tracking number. I go online and there was no data available for the package. At this point I realised they had just sent my package on that day. Three days later it came. I had been tracking it from work and could not wait to get home and finally see my images. I also get an email from Amazon saying I will be receiving Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image book in three weeks time. I thought yes things are finally looking up. I get home and BAM I also get Alex Webb’s Suffering of light. What a book! Insanely good photographs. Light, Shadow, colours, complex layers simply brilliant. I couldn’t believe my luck. The book was suppose to come in July. It finally came down to the film I had been waiting for. I check the film and could see the images came out fine. This roll was actually before my Philippines trip. Shots I took around Sydney Central Station. I should really label the rolls so I know what they are. Now it was time to check the scans on the CD. I inserted it into the Imac and Murphy’s law would once again hold true. It was BLANK! I got a blank cd. Waited more than a month, for a blank CD. No jpgs, no photos, just nothing. Luckily they agreed for a full reimbursement. They asked if I wanted to send it back so that they could scan it for me, to which I said No Thank you. I ended up resorting to DIY low tech scanning of my negatives using an Ipad and a flat bed scanner.  You just need to invert the scanned jpg in photoshop. The results are pretty bad as there are lines visible from the ipad screen. Not sure how to get rid of them but it will do for now as I will be getting a Plustek OpticFilm scanner next month. Without further ado here are some of the scanned images.TeddyI dont really get why truckies do this. I first encountered it in Toy Story 3.Central StairsCentral SkylightSkylight at Central Station in SydneyScan1Scan2


Roll 10: Kodak Tri-X 400 Light Leakage!!

Roll 10: Kodak Tri-X 400

Flying off tomorrow morning. Thought I’d fit in my last roll before I went. This tri-x roll was my first mishap with film. I rewinded up the roll but it did not fully go through 😦 As a result i got some light leaks and lost 7 exposures. I decided to get it developed first then scan what was recoverable thinking I would save some $$. The developing cost $11.95 from Fotoriesel in Sydney and $16.95 for develop and scan. Once I got the rolls back, I scanned the exposures using Camerahouse at my local suburb. It ended up costing $15.00!!! Almost the price of another roll scanned and developed 😦 I should really just start saving up for some chemicals to develop myself.


Anyways sorry about the rant. Here’s some of the exposures 🙂

Image 1 (Above):

A pressing issue in Australian politics. Boat people (asylum seekers) and how to handle them. Christianity’s view on the matter not reflected by the two major political parties PM candidates. Interestingly enough they are both Christian.

dog (1 of 1)

Image 2:

Dog waiting for owner.

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Image 3:

Mobile Friends. I often wonder how the future will see us today just staring at our phones. The photographs of the other decades seems so much more connected.

Station (1 of 1)

Image 4:

Boy waiting at train station

Rest (1 of 1)

Image 5:

Fitting in a quick nap by some tourist at Circular Quay, Sydney.

Image 6:

Duck for dinner

Circular Quay (1 of 1)

Image 7:

Circular Quay Station with the harbour bridge View.

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Image 8:

An empty eatery. This would have been better in colour.



Roll 6: Kodak Tri-X 400

Roll 6: Kodak Tri-X 400

Finally got my rolls developed and scanned after 6 months in my drawer. Interesting how much more critical and detach you are from the photographs when some time has passed. I usually find it difficult to pick which to post but there were not as many I liked. These are the keepers from the roll. First image is my dog apple with one of his toys on the background. He is a king charles cavalier. Fussy and spoiled as hell. One of those pets that do not think they are dogs lol.

Caught a news report on the chinese new year event in Sydney.
Caught a news report on the chinese new year event in Sydney. Tried to compose the “double”.

Frozen motions

Frozen Motions on this last one.

Each to their own

Each to their own

One month to go until thesis is due. Counting down until I get to develop another roll 😀 oh and finishing school. Sadly was not able to stick to taking photos each week of my progress 😦

Hope to get back to more film learning once all is said and done 🙂

Anish Kapoor and the Uncanny

Anish Kapoor and the Uncanny

Kodak Tri-X 400
Canonet QL 17 GIII

I love the way the artist challenges the notion of a wall as a medium. As a student in architecture I find artist are more able to push the boundaries of its properties and uses although in the setting of a gallery. I have been looking at and getting lost into the world that is “uncanny”. I feel kapoor’s work especially in spacial voids using pigments and fibreglass to be great examples of the uncanny. Light does not escape.. there is depth we somehow know as we can slightly see it.. Our eyes trick us because of our desire and a feeling of unease settles in. The familiar becomes strange. Anthony Vidler in his essay the unhomely homes points out Art is uncanny as it is both a mask and presentation of the world. I believe we all need to experience “a slight reset in space and experience” that I feel the notion of the uncanny can give us. Not just in the gallery setting but in our everyday experience of a space.. whether it be the city or the home.