All of these images were taken with Yashica 635. For those who are not familiar with this analog camera, Yashica 635 is a TLR (Twin Reflex Lens) camera that takes 120mm film as well as 35mm film (with adaptor). For 120mm, it takes only 12 exposures while 35mm is either 24 or 36 exposures. While can spend about 2 minutes to take 30 image of selfies, It took me about 6 months to 1 year to finish every film roll. One of the reason behind this is the cost of film photography becoming more expensive nowadays. I will shoot film only the times when I miss the slow pace of film photography. Manual focusing, metering, develop and we can only see the result when the film is scanned. By the time the film is scanned, the moment that we capture is a history and we can’t repeat. With digital camera, we can see the result from the LCD and still not too late to configure settings and reshoot. By the way, this post is actually to share few images taken with Yashica 635, Centuria (Expired) but I never expect to write this much. Centuria is colour film but I post process it to B&W with minor adjustment.
Portrait of Mohd Zaini Sumping (74, Kampung Tompias -Ranau) a Dusun Lobu with warrior attire made of pangolin scales during Harvest Festival 2016
“…Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just… start” – Ijeoma Umebinyuo
I accidentally found this quote while browsing Facebook recently. It came out the quote are very widely used in blogs. The quote may be not related to the photo above but who cares. I just like the quote and I want it to be here in my blog. It can motivate me whenever I read this post.
My last blog post was on Aug, 2015. When we stopped doing it, it is hard to get started again. I don’t know how to start but that quote has made me start.
I like to highlight comment by a good friend of mine;
“To get start is quite easy actually but to continue doing what you have just start, take a lot of perseverance. For an example, starting a blog is a piece of cake, updating it daily or monthly, will take a mammoth effort” – Wazari Wazir
When he was 48, he was informed by a doctor that his illness will never make him to 50.
“One fine morning at 5am in my office while i’m getting ready my paperwork, I have a sudden shocking moment and the first thing to come out of my mind is god. What have I did in my life? the sins that I made….Everybody is terrified of dying”
Since then, he became a Bible Missionary. He originated from Europe, stayed at Australia for a few years before deciding to travel to keep his promise to god. In Malaysia, he travel to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kelantan & Sabah. I met him at Gaya Street after being in Kota Kinabalu for about 1 week and might be travelling to Sandakan by next week. He was Philiphine before coming over to Sabah.
While talking to him, he quoted numbers of verse from The Bible and I ask him how he memorize each verse.
“Young man, I know you like photography. I know you can explain me about the aperture and the shutter speed, the light and everything about it. Same to me, I have been Bible Missionary for more than 20 years and I’m reading it until todaay. Can you see the similiar concept here?
His life and travel mainly depends on public donations.
I was on my way to the office this morning and decided to drive though Gaya Street when I see this guy with superb beard sitting on a bench reading “Knowledge Magazine”. I drove twice pass his sitting place and finally I make up my mind that I must go to him and take his portrait. The fear of getting rejected is always the issue here, but in case on being rejected, take the pill, swallow it and digest it. Then I got the confidence to approach him, spend a little time to know him, and lastly get the portrait. To my readers, meet Mr Jeremiah Harald. Phew…
Jeremiah Harald, 71.
“…Jari-jemari terasa membeku, otot-otot kaki terasa sudah hilang. Suasana senja kini bertukar kebiru-biruan. Aku kini berada dalam kegelapan & hanya bertemankan salakan anjing dan unggas ditengah-tengah hutan tidak berpenduduk. Selangkah demi selangkah aku memerah kudratku memujuk kaki yang sudah hilang deria rasa selepas 9 jam bukit seribu lapisan di Langtang ku sukat. Perut pula sudah hampir sejam menunggu masa untuk memuntahkan lahar bertoksiknya, sudah beberapa kali saat-saat “getir” itu berjaya ku jinakkan. Aku mula mencari-cari jika ada “ruang” untuk melepaskan hajat si perut, mungkin juga tempat untuk bermalam. Ah ini kah tempat berakhirnya hayatku? Mati kesejukan…” – Langtang, Aku Terlentang