About

Hello, my name is Katie and I shoot film.

This is where I chronicle my favorite places, favorite people and daily life in Taipei, Taiwan.

If you want to say hello, you can do so via
electronic mail or
– good old snail mail (the destination of which you can inquire through electronic mail)

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78 comments on “About

  1. Hi Katie:

    I’ve visited your shop in Etsy and saw some nice fabrics. Since you are located in Taiwan, I wonder if I can purchase things by contacting you.

  2. Hi Katie,
    I love your stuff and your blog! I just found you through Etsy by searching for other artist in Taiwan. I recently moved here in August and am just getting started but am learning and creating everyday. I would love to talk with you sometime and was wondering how I could contact you.

  3. Hi Katie: You’re living the dream and I’m jealous :) It’s tricky to live the unconventional life when you’re amid people that don’t understand what you do.

    1. Hello Van, thanks for dropping by! Sometimes I wish I had a “real” day job I was passionate about – it would make life much easier to explain. I hope one day you’ll be able to live your dream too :)

  4. Hi Katie! Thanks for leaving a comment on gogovivi! I have just started to look through yours and was incredibly distracted by your map goods post! Love it! I had to figure out where you live since you say you’re learning Korean. I lived in Korea for three years before I came to China and can read Korean quite well, though my speaking skills are abysmal. Anyway, hello, nice to meet you, we’re not that far away from each other!

    1. Thank you, I’m really glad you hear you enjoy the blog! I started collecting in April of 2011 – gosh, that’s almost two years!

  5. hi Katie! I was researching about the the Yashica Electro when I stumbled upon your blog!

    I might buy a Yashica Electro from ebay but it depends.. since the shipping cost a bomb! haha

    Most of your cameras that you got from the local website are pretty inexpensive! May I know which website it is? Tho… I dont live in Taiwan but in south east Asia :)

    1. Hi Kelly!

      Thank you so much for your kind words :)

      I’ve been meaning to try out medium format (though the costly film and developing costs could be a problem…) and yours are lovely! I can’t wait to see more of your film photographs.

  6. Hi Katie,

    I really love looking at your photos! Might you be interested in being featured on my blog? If so, send me an email and let’s talk :)

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Anne – it still surprises me every time I find a blogger who still uses film regularly. Love that you’re one! :)

  7. Hi IM Nova I am aslo a person who love film but right now don’t have the money to develop film and im not that great yet lol but I would like to say that I think that your collect of photos are really nice keep it up

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! Film takes practice, as does digital photography – I really enjoy your pictures in your Flickr stream, anyhow. :) I do hope you’ll get to use film much more!

  8. I was amazed when I stumbled upon your camera blog! I love every bit of it. I saw your long list of cameras and I was like, “Thank god, I’m not the only one who has a lot of cameras!”

    Keep all of the photos coming! They’re lovely.

    Also, do drop by my pages when you have some time :)

    Photoblog: http://www.wanderlust-kisses.blgospot.sg
    Writing blog: http://www.dopestyler.wordpress.com
    Personal blog: http://www.starfuckx.blogspot.sg

    Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/starfuckx/

    1. Hi Nurul! I just checked out your photoblog – your pictures are so much fun! I’m really glad you’re enjoying this blog, keep shooting film! :)

  9. Hi Katie

    I really enjoy your blog as I’m a film enthusiast myself. I’ve just moved to Johor in Malaysia for about four months and was wondering if you had any recommendations to satisfy my wanderlust, I’m intending to spend a few days in Singapore too, so I’d love to know what your favorite places and things to do are around these parts. I hope you’re enjoying the August break, love the post series.

    Laura

    1. Hi Laura!

      Thank you for your kind words about the blog. :)

      I haven’t visited Malaysia enough to provide recommendations but you can check out my posts on Singapore for a few places I’ve already blogged about. I also recommend Tong Mern Sern Antiques – it is in an area very famous for cool cafes and cute book shops (Duxton Hill, Tanjong Pagar). I found the Red Dot Design Museum and Gardens by the Bay very interesting, too. The must-gos are Chinatown, Little India and Bugis Street for some strong local flavor.

      Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

      Katie

  10. Hello! Found your blog through Google-ing Efiniti UXi Super 200… And I’ve become a new fan instantaneously! :) I love your blog. And what I love the most is that you love film. I’ve obly started a few months but I am really in love with it! :)

    1. Hello Aia! I’m so glad you found this blog and enjoy it; film can be soooo addictive, no? Looking forward to seeing more film photography on your blog! ♥

  11. Hello Katie,

    Just want to say that you have a great blog! Your pictures look timeless, and they provide a special insight into a local’s daily life in a city that I start to love more and more :)

    Keep up with the blog, two thumbs up!

    1. Hello Darius! Thank you for visiting this blog and your lovely comments! I am glad Taipei is growing on you, it is my favorite city in the world. :)

  12. Hi, I’m Kevin from Malaysia. First, I would love to say, you take stunning pictures. I didn’t really know so much before visiting your blog. After reading through, I get to know more about the films. Do you have a flickr account/facebook page which I could follow?

    1. Hello Eileen! :) Thank you for the feature on your blog and for enjoying mine. Love seeing more and more people take up film photography, it can become quite an obsession but I hope it does for you! Looking forward to seeing you post your film photographs.

    1. Hi Daniel! Thank you for visiting and for enjoying this blog – I have dabbled with the idea of shooting one roll of film per week but quite frankly I don’t think I could keep up with it at all. Thank you so much for the invitation, though, I’ll keep keeping my eye on your work via the project.

  13. Hi Katie! My name is Katie as well (I’m not kidding ehehe), I’m 15 and I just recently got into analog photography. I’m so happy I stumbled across your blog partly because I love visiting Taiwan (I’m from Hong Kong) but also because your photos are so lovely and inspiring, and your film and camera guides are super helpful.

    I hope you have a great 2014! ^_^

    1. Hello Katie! ♥ Thank you for visiting and for leaving such kind words. I’m glad the guides help – please do let me know if/when you start a blog, I’ll be really interested to check out your film photography! Happy 2014!

        1. Dear Katie! Thank you SO MUCH for coming back to share with me the link to your film photography, love love love your perspectives and hoping to see more! ♥

  14. Dear Katie,

    I see that you have taken some nice shots in Bali! I am currently in Bali myself and I have many films to develop (35mm, 120, B&W, C41…) Do you know a lab that would process films on the Island? My searches gave no results so far.

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Cedric! I hope you are enjoy Bali so far, I miss it! :) Unfortunately I’ve only seen one photo lab in Bali during the week I was there and even they did not develop any film. I developed all my rolls at home in Taipei when I returned. :)

  15. hi Katie,
    I’m going to Taipei soon. Because I saw you had a wide range collection of film on your website, I want to know if you bought your film at a physical store in Taipei or online? Because it’s difficult to buy (expired) films where I’m living now. Kodak is the most popular brand here.
    thank you!
    I love your site
    An

    1. Nice to meet you, An! :)

      I buy films both online and in physical stores but mostly online, especially the expired ones. They aren’t always available for sale and I can only buy them when someone lists them! I also buy many of my expired films from Lomography.

      When you are in Taipei you can visit a shop I always go to at No. 48, Lane 143, Section 3, Rén’ài Rd, Daan District – it’s about three minutes on foot from MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. Hope that helps!

      1. Thank you so much for your guide! It’d help a lot. I’ll try to go to those places when I’m in Taipei :D
        An

  16. Hi Katie, I will be travelling to Taiwan in June 2014 and I would love to spend some time walking around the city, hopefully without my two kids so I can snap some photos! I’m dying to use my poor lonely camera. May I know if you have any favourite places in Taipei for a stroll and a shoot?

  17. Your blog is really amazing! I have had several of the cameras that you reviewed and your pictures are great. I can spend hours reading about the ins and outs of old quirky cameras, i just read all the articles on japan camera hunter and you are next! I also dabble in film photography blogging, with some articles mixed in about working in the motion picture industry. I hope you’ll take a look as well while i dive in here

    http://theplacesigoto.blogspot.com/

    1. Hey Matt, thanks for saying hi! So glad to hear you’re having fun browsing the blog and putting me in the same sentence as japan camera hunter is just overwhelming! :D Love your film photographs by the way, will definitely be looking to more on your blog.

  18. Hi katie,

    I stumbled upon your blog recently and i would like to ask some questions being a beginner myself. I got a Superheadz UWS Camera as a gift and would like to know which type of 35mm film do you recommend me using?

    Cheers,
    Cheryl

    1. Hi Cheryl, thanks for stopping by! My favorites to use with the UWS are Agfa Vista Plus 400 (it’s super high contrast so the colors are always vivid) and Lomography CN 800 (the high speed allows for photographs taken under low-light circumstances like fading sunlight). My number one tip would be never use it indoors unless you have an external flash! Hope that helps. :)

  19. Hi Katie,
    I’m now in Taipei. It’s nice to know you (via your website only :D). I also play film too but are you using 120mm film? I’m really stuck with it since I bought a Diana F+, I ask if you have any idea about it. Thanks very much.
    :)

    1. Hi Tanissa! Thank you for your comment but unfortunately I don’t use any medium format cameras (I’d love to though but it’s just a tad too expensive for me). If I were you I’d totally get a 35mm back (http://shop.lomography.com/tw/diana-35mm-back) for the Diana so you that you can dabble in a great variety of other films.

      I hope you’re enjoying Taipei! :)

  20. Hey Katie!

    I recently bought a film camera for quite a hefty price (around 2000hkd) and I was so excited to use it – it was working perfectly fine when I bought it, but after one or two months it stopped working! The mirror wouldn’t come up, and a couple things were jammed. I’m heartbroken D: The most painful part is that my first camera, that I bought for 300hkd works perfectly, and has been for pretty much a year!

    Has this ever happened to you, and if so, what did you do? I feel like this should be a learning experience for me… how do you choose which camera to ‘trust’ before you buy it? :(((

    Thank you! <3

    1. Hi Katie,

      So sorry for the delayed reply, I was away from the computer for a few days.

      Truth be told, I have always had pretty good luck with cameras (with the exception of my Yashica GSN, the focus mechanism was not perfect). Have you brought your camera to a repair shop to see if they can fix it for a small amount of money? I always thought to bring my Yashica to the repair shop but since I don’t enjoy using rangefinders as much as SLRs, it remained in my dustfree box until I sold it last year.

      I bought all my cameras online and usually try to buy from sellers who can vouch for their workability, that’s a condition that’s actually very easy to fulfill if you look long enough. If they are unable to vouch for the workability, the prices are naturally lower and I try to find sellers who are selling cameras from their personal/family collection instead of vintage resellers.

      I am so sorry I can’t be of better help, it’s always kind of a risk buying vintage cameras, no one can be 100% sure when the old parts will stop working, I suppose! I do wonder who you bought it from though and can the person be made responsible for the camera?

  21. Hi Katie,

    I love all pictures on your blog! <3 You inspired me to try shooting with expired films. :) I have a quick question… With expired films, do I need to develop them based on the ASA/ISO setting on my camera (which is stepped down from the original ASA rating) the original ASA written on the film?

    Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your help. :)

    Felicia

    1. Hi Felicia! Thank you so much for your kind words about the blog!

      I have never requested for the photo lab to push or pull any roll of film, they simply develop according to the ASA of the roll. I will usually shoot way below the official ASA, using shutter speeds 1/60 or below and wide open. This applies to all speeds of film, even ASA800.

      Just for your record, most expired film perform perfectly outdoors but indoors can be tricky, even when I go at super slow speeds and wide open. Try not to waste too many frames indoors! :D

  22. Hi Katie!

    I really love your blog. I would just like to ask for your help. I have a bunch of 100 ISO films and most of the time, the sun is not out. How can I make it brighter or more sensitive to light? My camera is Nikon FE and must I set the ISO lower such as 50?

    Please also check out some of my works on my website.

    Thanks!

    1. Hello! I am so glad to hear you enjoy the blog! Are you using the meter on your camera? If yes, set it to ISO 50 or below, just make sure your hands are steady because the shutter speed is going to go very slow! :)

  23. Hi Katie, I absolutely love your blog. I check in it every so often and i super duper love the 35mm film guide. I hope you can also check out some of my works at volviese.wordpress.com :)

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