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Izumi's Diary Page 71      Tuesday 12 February 2013  
         
         
Le Petit Barista
 
         
     
 

Hello, here is Izumi wondering aloud for you.

Sometimes what is real and what is not (despite walking the reality of the streets with their winds and rains) can combine within themselves so that you’re not sure where one ends and the other begins, or vice versa.

When I have a collection of happy photographs and I’m thinking of the best way to present them to you in a Diary page, and what words to accompany them, oftimes I go and have a coffee and ponder all the possibilities.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Off to Coffee
 
 
Rollei 35S w 40mm f/2.8 Sonnar, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
 
         
     
 

Such it was with black and white photographs with a café theme from the streets of Marrickville and Newtown, some taken with PEN and his digits and some with the new Rollei, to become familiar with the feeling of him and using film in him.

 
     
         
   
Mandy at Take Coffee
   
Rollei 35S w 40mm f/2.8 Sonnar, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
   
         
         
   
   
Mandy and Customers at Take Coffee
   
Rollei 35S w 40mm f/2.8 Sonnar, T-Max 400 @ 400 ASA
         
     
 

I was wondering what other happy photographs I would need and my thoughts were wandering along several paths when I looked over at the magazine rack and noticed a copy of Paris Match, a magazine I associate with my hero M Henri Cartier-Bresson and photo-journalism, which I would love to do some day.

 
     
         
 
 
 
My eyes were captured by the cover
 
         
     
 

So I fetched it to read with my coffee…

 
     
         
 
 
 
The tools needed for the initial creation of a Diary page
 
         
     
 

Now I know that Double Bay is far from the Serengeti, but under the hot African sun, with the hypnotic buzz of insects as a background and while breakfast is still being digested and dinner is many hours away, the lioness has been known to doze off...

       And sleep can lead to dreams...

             And dreams can lead to...

 
     
         
 
 
         
         
   
Checking that the kitchen is ready for orders
   
         
         
   
   
Keeping up appearances is very important for the customers
         
         
 
 
 
It's constant work...
 
         
         
   
   
... keeping the espresso machine fed
         
         
   
   
Yes, they're full-bodied beans
         
         
 
 
 
Drumming up business
 
         
         
   
   
Ordering more croissants for tomorrow
         
         
 
 
 
But even the busiest little barista must stop when Mum arrives
 
         
     
 

Was this just a dream? Perhaps, but what you have just seen can't have been totally from dreamland, for here is the photo-journalist at work in the café...

 
     
         
 
 
 

Capturing a Beautiful Barista in her Native Habitat

 
     
     
 

... and this is what she saw through the viewfinder…

 
     
         
 
 
 
I do like the clarity and honesty of an optical viewfinder
 
         
     
 

... so perhaps I shall never know.

But, if I may tell you something from my personal heart, I think that I do not want to know. There are many dreams that we all have that are wonderful stories during the sleeping time and then on awakening we have such happy memories of them that we want to keep them in our thoughts for a long time.

But even as we try to recall and retain the images they are slipping away from us, into the misty regions where dreams go, like dewdrops dissolving with the rising sun.

But leaving the memories of happy dreams to the warm sun of the morning, here is something else to wonder about...

 
     
         
 
 
 
 
Nhi at the Café Door
 
 
Rollei 35S w 40mm f/2.8 Sonnar, Kodak Gold 200 @ 200 ASA
 
         
     
 

This happy (literally) photograph of Nhi outside her café has a certain look, I think. I would even go so far as to say a certain feel, but that is because I can hold in my hands a high-quality print and not have to judge a low-resolution copy on a computer monitor. In fact, if I had not said those last words, would you have thought "There's something a bit different about that photograph" but not quite been able to finger it?

I think it is because it was taken with the Rollei, on 35mm film and despite the scanning and Photoshopping you are still looking at a random collection of film grains rather than regimented electronic photo-sites. And the lens on the Rollei has a reputation for embracing light, not just admitting it to the film.

That is one of the reasons that I like to shoot on film when the subject matter warrants it.

And another thing I like to do, is sit down and relax and have a comforting cup of tea and let my thoughts gambol and frolic within my head. So please join me and separately but together we can ponder some of the mysteries of life and art.

Goodbye now and thank you, from your fantasy flâneuse photo-journalist,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
To fully understand my footsteps, please read me from the start.
 
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