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Izumi's Diary Page 55      Tuesday 4 July 2012  
         
         
Circles Closing to My Eyes
 
         
     
 

Hello, here is Izumi.

I almost said "Oh, dear. Here is Izumi" for you may wonder what to do with me when I tell you what I have done.

If you have read my News you will know that I have mentioned the new 110 black and white film that Lomo is producing. You will also remember (I hope) that as a challenge to myself I decided to capture all the photographs at the old Dunlop factory with manual Pentax 110 lenses on my PEN. I am glad I did that as the results have been much more pleasing than I would have dared to imagine before I started.

And I strengthened my resolve by recalling that my Uncle used to encourage me to experiment with various cameras and lenses and never once would not let me use one of his cameras, as long as I knew how to operate it.

But in case you do not have the tolerance or patience of my Uncle I shall show you first, then explain myself.

 
     
     
         
         
 
 
 
My PEN now has a Little Brother
 
         
     
 

I can only show you the camera at the moment as I am awaiting some film's arrival from Films Reborn in Hong Kong and a developing tank from America. At least I can get the chemicals from my friends at Vanbar without a delay.

But it is going to be interesting to put the Pentax 110 lenses back on the camera they were originally made for, and to be shooting film again.

I must have been unintentionally rather foresightful when I was putting together the set of Pentax 110 lenses for my PEN and decided that in case there became a drought of them or one was damaged somehow or lost I would acquire two of each lens, which I did. So now both PEN and his little brother can have their own set and there will be no fraternal friction between them – I hope. Only perhaps an artistic one.

It is like a circle closing with the lenses as they were taken from their cameras to be used on PEN and now they can go back on the camera they were born for. I wonder if the photographs will be any different as a result. Putting aside the film/digital differences of course.

There is also a sort of circular serendipity with PEN being able to use Little Brother's lenses and that is that their imaging sensors (110 frame at 13 x 17.3mm and Four Thirds sensor at 13 x 17mm) are virtually the same size and the lenses see the same angle of view no matter which camera they are mounted upon.

I have written more about the new family addition in my News page and also about how 110 film has had an arisal from its demise. I can (and do!) hope that its stay with us will be permanent, as a nice counter to all the digital material that now surrounds us.

If you think that is turning me into a traditionalist then let it be so. After all, my country has a long history and tradition of adopting and adapting new ideas and technologies and yet still retaining and remaining true to its history and cultural values.

I am a child of my history and my culture and very happy and proud to be so.

So on those rather philosophical thoughts I shall say goodbye from this rather shorter Diary page and try to think of a suitable project for Little Brother. He could join PEN on the streets, and I think both he and I want to experience that to some extent (and I know PEN will welcome the company), but I would like to think of an idea for a project that can be his alone.

The cup of tea and biscuit will be joined by a Thinking Cap, it seems.

Until the next time, thank you,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
 
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