'A Small Town Called Parit : Centre crossing'
I fell in love with this little town when I first visited it with my parents so many years ago. Every Monday morning there will be a Monday morning market that showcases a large variety of local produce, some very alien to a city dweller like me. So to honor this favorite town of mine, Im dedicating this small ongoing photo-project so that I can shared this wonderful little town to the world.
Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
Photographer: Asrul Sani Shamsuddin flickr / tumblr
Thank you for your kind welcome and a wonderful conversation. My visit to TPPG was one of the most memorable moments of my photographic journey. To John Sypal of Tokyocamerastyles, Thanks a million.
Tokyo: A Non-Translation
Arriving in Tokyo is at first to me bewildering and somewhat shocking. Coming from a small quiet suburb of a small city, Tokyo seems incomprehensible and confusing just like a badly translated English subtitle of a Japanese movie. Many hilarious miss-translations and unanswered ambiguities. There’s was no hope for me to understand this metropolis in a really short visit but nevertheless it was an exciting journey of photography.
Tokyo, this is my non-translation of you.
Was just in Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku and despite yesterday’s post about switching to Ilford HP-5 yesterday, figured that I’d pick up some Presto 400 before the price increase in a few days.
I took the film to the register and started talking with the clerk whom in addition to cashiering also works with ordering for Yodobashi’s film department. He said that Presto 400 won’t see a price increase because (wait for it ) the current production run will be its last. While it isn’t officially announced it seems that- Fujifilm Presto / Neopan 400 is to be discontinued.
According to the clerk, it is expected that the remaining Presto / Neopan 400 stock will last for about another year. And then when it’s gone, it’s gone.
Thank you very much Fujifilm Neopan 400. You have been a very nice friend indeed. We will miss you dearly in our journey to the ever-closer twilight of film photography.
As I pondered on my journey as a mediocre photographer I’ve seen how time have changed photography. When I started, photography is regarded a hobby to an exclusive few who can afford to start and maintain it. Shooting rolls and rolls of film on a subject is a luxury few can afford. Nevertheless photography presevered as one of the most popular hobbies of all times.
Digitalization had helped photography to expand to a wider crowd and the number of images people took skyrocketed to billions a year. This kept me thinking, what lies in the future for photography? Will the 22MP DSLR of the future have any significance if the majority of shots that people took are made by 10MP Cameraphones?
Will digital noise be a relic of the past as ISO1600 be considered a ‘standard’ ISO for shooting?
And what about professionalism? Back in those days, someone may be hard-pressed to find a wedding photographer that can be hired on a ‘affordable’ price but today one can find a ‘Part time’ photographer in every corner of every city brandishing their work for a meager sum, of course of dubious quality though.
What lies in the future of photography? Its not a prophecy but a point to ponder upon.
(First published in Photomalaysia Forum October 2007)