Welcoming Eloise

While babysitting my neighbor’s children when I was in high school I could barely imagine adulthood for myself, let alone how they would grow up and what they would one day become. And even in my wildest dreams I couldn’t have found myself living once again as virtual neighbors, only now across the entire country in California. So it was with equal parts wonder and amazement that I visited my old neighbors, their daughter, her husband, and their new daughter, Eloise, not far from me at their home in Mountain View, California. The little girl I used to babysit, now a new mommy, had endured a few difficult days, so we placed the focus on Eloise as she demonstrated the breadth of her many expressions changing from moment to moment as her proud grandpa held her. DJT_0096 ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 13 This was a quick, impromptu session under available light. Contact me to arrange a newborn session at your home for your beautiful new addition and family. Name(required) Email(required) Website Comment(required) 請按「讚」並分享...

The Last Days of Huaguang Village 華光社區的殞落

Tucked away in the heart of Taipei city a stone’s throw away from the tourists and concert-goers at the CKS Memorial and National Concert Hall, the Central Bank, the wedding photo studios of Aiguo West Rd., and a few blocks from the bustling crowds and delectable food in the Yongkang Street district (headlined by the original flagship restaurant of the world-famous Din Tai Fung dumpling chain), a humble community once stood. In addition to low-lying residences there was a popular breakfast shop, a roadside soup dumpling shop that gave Din Tai Fung a run for its money for far less, and a small temple. The temple was a gathering place for residents, like a de facto community center. Around the small community stretching two blocks in each direction lived people from all over China  housed here after the Nationalist government’s retreat to Taiwan – civil servants, street vendors, teachers, and soldiers living next door to local Taiwanese. Thousands of young people grew up  here, and many moved away to start families or seek better comforts, taking their memories with them. But some stayed, either by choice or necessity. These are the people I encountered over the more than four years I spent here, making pictures of a community long forgotten, and meeting a handful of her residents. 位於台北市的核心地帶,緊鄰中正紀念堂,中央銀行,愛國西路婚紗街,信義路,和永康商圈。我不在此贅述其過去的歷史和近幾年的遭遇 - 那些Google一下就有了。總而言之,這個社區不光是國民黨來台後給軍眷居住的「眷村」,有自1947年就搬進去的台灣人,有法院的職員,也有非軍人身份隨政府來台,在這裡賣胡椒餅的老江蘇人。不分出生地或職業, 不管有沒有繳房屋稅,這些居民都是台北都會更新下的難民,在社區逐漸被拆除的幾年過程中都被迫放棄居住數十年的房屋並尋找安置的其他安排。 我是從2011年的年初開始偶爾到華光走走拍照。那時候社區不久前遭到第二次的「無名火」,以逼迫被嚇到的居民快速搬走。建築物的災情慘重,但所幸居民無傷亡。後來我開始每隔一段時間去看看,有時我是專程去,有時只是路過,有時快速通過,也有幾次在那兒逗留,跟居民一起喝湯,泡茶。通常我是一個人,但也有帶外國來的客人和攝影同好一起去。有從外表觀察,也有進入被遺棄的老房子近距離看。雖然每次去身上都帶相機,也有好幾次進入社區之後完全沒有按快門的念頭,只用眼睛看並將所見所聞存入腦海的「人肉硬碟」裡。 最近的一次拍攝是2013年的11月底。 有一次在巷子裡面走動時,一位女士從居家裡探頭出來還用非常流利的英文跟我打招呼。原來她是爲社區居民在抗爭活動和爭取合理安置的過程中扮演發言人的角色。透過這位鄭小姐的介紹,我認識了幾位還住在社區裡的老居民,又在徵求他們同意之後爲他們拍肖像。 其實,只要有人住,社區是活的。每次拍華光都在逐漸構築我眼中的社區肖像。               請按「讚」並分享...

52 Rolls – Roll #9 (Q04R04): Expendable Permanence (Ilford Disposable Cameras)

This is Roll #9 of my 52 Rolls in 52 Weeks Project Quick Look Camera – Ilford HP5 Plus Single Use Camera with flash Lens – Built-in lens Film – Ilford HP5+ Exposure – Auto Developer – Rodinal (1 : 100, 60-minute stand with agitation during first minute and one gentle turn at 30 min.) Scanner – Epson Perfection V550   This week finds us looking at the results from a unique and intriguing camera that in its way has helped make disposable cameras affordable, relevant and fun again. Not too long ago in film terms the good folks at Ilford, a company specializing in black and white emulsions and paper stocks, introduced two types of single use, AKA “disposable”, cameras. Unlike the disposables we used to know and love from Kodak and Fujifilm, these handsome little cameras are loaded with Ilford’s HP5+ or XP2 (a C41 process monochrome film) emulsions. Both are rated at 400 ISO and are beloved for their exceptional versatility. I was first drawn to the HP5+ single use cam by its handsome looks. And since I am always game to experiment with any sort of film, camera or both, I piggybacked on a friend’s overseas order in preparation for a Twitter community challenge instigated by @Ribnar called No Gear No Fear and picked up two of the HP5+ cameras. This was shortly before I left Taiwan and moved back to the United States, so I was unable to complete a roll in time to enter the contest. But I did start the first roll in Taiwan and finished it whilst on a road trip across the country, and shot the entire...

52 Rolls – Roll #8 (Q04R03): Thru the Looking Glass with Ultrafine 400

This is Roll #8 of my 52 Rolls in 52 Weeks Project Quick Look Camera – Canon AE-1 Lens – Canon FD 50/1.4 S.S.C. Film – Ultrafine 400 (bulk loaded) Exposure – 200 EI Developer – Kodak HC-110 (dilution B) Scanner – Epson Perfection V550   Sometimes one of the enjoyments of film photography is just going out and blasting through a roll, whether four exposures on a 6×17 rig or 36 on 135 format film. This roll sees me strolling to the fantabulous Looking Glass Photo on foot with my gorgeous Canon AE-1 and 50/1.4 lens, burning some probably poorly stored Ultrafine 400. Since I enjoy over exposing film and developing at box speed or a stop higher, that’s what I did here not knowing if the Ultrafine had degraded at all. I find Ultrafine’s grain structure fairly nondescript, albeit certainly “fine” as in the name. It seems to be pretty low contrast as well, so I’m pretty happy with the boost in contrast I got by effectively pushing it a stop to 400 in development. A few quick notes: Shot with Canon AE-1 (black and beautiful) with Canon FD 50/1.4 SSC lens Exposed at 200 EI Developed in Kodak HC-110 dilution B Scanned with Epson Perfection V550 [Show thumbnails] 請按「讚」並分享...

52 Rolls – Roll #7 (Q04R03)

For this week’s installment in my revived 52 Rolls series I’m actually sharing a roll made with the camera model I’d originally planned to use for the entire fourth quarter of the year. But as I hadn’t planned on the minor disruptions that repatriation and marriage would visit upon my personal photography work, that nicely conceived structure did not work out. So with what remains of the year 2016 I’m just rolling along with whatever I manage to shoot and develop. This roll finds me testing out a Nikon FA body for a friend during an outing at the Point Reyes National Seashore with an oyster feast at Hog Island: Camera: Nikon FA Lenses: Nikkor 50/1.4 AIS and Nikkor 35/2.8 AIS Film: Ilford FP4+ Exposure: Rated at 200 EI Processing: HC110 (dilution B) Scanner: Epson Perfection V550 [Show thumbnails] Disclaimer: I have not officially joined Urban Hafner’s excellent 52 Rolls project, preferring to host the posts here on my own site. That’s not to take anything away from that site or the inspiring work shared there. 請按「讚」並分享...

52 Rolls – Roll #6 (Q04R02)

Now that I’ve got fresh chemicals all mixed up and my scanner set up in my new home in the San Francisco Bay Area I’m prepared to continue sharing one roll per week in the spirit of Urban Hafner’s 52 Rolls Project. Since getting back into shooting film here I’ve enjoyed the simple pleasures of using a beautiful rangefinder with an excellent viewfinder coupled with a gem of a lens in the Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1.5 lens with Leica thread mount (L39). In fact, I’m so happy with this combination that my desire for an M-mount camera body has abated and I would merely like to complement this combo with a wide angle lens. This series finds me among the redwoods and by the shore near Santa Cruz, California. Technical details are: Camera: Canon VT DeLuxe rangefinder (Leica Thread Mount) Lens: Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 Film: Eastman 5222 (Double X) Exposure: Rated at 200 EI Processing: Rodinal 1 : 100 stand for 60 min. Scanner: Epson Perfection V550 [Show thumbnails] Disclaimer: I have not officially joined Urban Hafner’s excellent 52 Rolls project, preferring to host the posts here on my own site. That’s not to take anything away from that site or the inspiring work shared there. 請按「讚」並分享...
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