Collection For Friends / 私藏不藏私.

Collection For Friends (私藏不藏私) is a little cafe hidden in the alleys of  the area of Zhonghe (中和) in Taipei and a treasure trove of zakka knick-knacks, vintage cameras and handmade goodness. It was an impromptu visit (back in February when we weren’t so busy!) and I used nearly an entire roll of film at this place – there are just too many things you’d want to capture – and was kicking myself for not bringing a camera with higher speed film. I have to say, though, I’m quite happy with the pastel tones, it suits the mood of the cafe quite nicely.

Kodak Gold 100 (expired), Canon FTb

Tadpole Point Café / 尖蚪.

Tadpole Point (尖蚪) is a quaint, vintage-style cafe located in Treasure Hill (寶藏巖), an old community restored as an artist village in 2010. More pictures of Treasure Hill will follow soon but I’m really excited to share this first set of pictures I took on the Lomography Redscale XR, a film that I’ve truly fallen in love with.

I must admit that I was never a fan of redscale – I’m all about colors when it comes to photography. However, I was really intrigued by the fact that this particular redscale film has been modified to exude blue/green tones with slower speeds. I adore how gentle this film is with the redscale effects that I often think too dramatic in others and also how the blue tones take over when you let enough light in.

Lomography Redscale XR, Zenit TTL

Accidental Double Exposures.

I’ve had a roll of film in my Konica C35MF for months but gray winter days kept the camera on my shelves. When I picked it up again a couple of weeks ago, the battery was waning and turned two pictures into accidental double exposures. That’s our resident puppy (that belongs to my housemate), Mimi, and the view from my work table.

Fujicolor 100, Konica C35MF

Shilin Official Residence Park / Part II.

I keep changing my mind about my favorite kind of film: in the beginning I was really into the pastel hues of ISO100 film but then I realized I use my cameras indoors so much that I had to start using higher speed film. For a while I enjoyed the true-to-life colors represented by Lomography CN 400 and Paradies Action 400 tremendously but then some pictures turned out too true-to-life that they don’t look too different from digital images at all.

These were taken on the same day as my funny, swirly ones on the Superheadz UWS at the park and I’m still not sure how I feel about them. One of my favorite things about film photography is that dreamy quality with which light and colors are captured in the most unpredictable way and that quality just seem to be missing in these. I’ve been working with lots of lower speed films (Fuji, Agfa and Ferrania Solaris), trying to figure out the best ways to utilize different films for the different moods I hope to capture. It has been mostly trial-and-error so far; I love that I never stop learning new things when it comes to film photography.

Paradies Action 400, Canon FTb