Content Writer Hannah Miller

Month: May, 2012

Olympus (Camping) Trip

Ahh camping! That picture is from my favourite camping spot, and is making me long for another trip. Luckily, I’ve managed to chase the summer by moving to Canada and it will soon be appropriate weather for such trips again.

But this is about a rediscovered, old camera that was a hand-me-down from my father. I recall being allowed to take it to school camp in grade six, and it still has the now-weathered masking tape with my name written on it in Mum’s handwriting. When I started getting into film photography again, thanks mostly to lomography, I never considered that we might have a point and shoot in the family that could be worth using. (My sister has already snagged the SLR – her pictures are fantastic, take a look.) I found this Olympus Trip 35, at the bottom of an old box and I showed it to my sister, thinking she might want it. She told me that she had already bought one from Ebay – and that she had been keeping an eye out for one to buy me as a gift, that’s how good it is! So, I was really looking forward to seeing what it could do. Here are some of the first pictures I’ve taken with it, during camping trips back home, shot with 100 ISO slide film. I seem to have a thing for this recurring camping chair off-centre composition!

My mate’s kid at the Hume Weir. Gotta love the ‘tude in her expression!

And a couple of shots in the Otways over New Year’s. The way the filtered rays of light were captured was a lovely discovery.


A Few Firsts

I realised that I still have pictures to post of the objects from my youth. See other posts here and here. These items are quite representative of ‘growing up.’ Above is my green belt, the level I reached in karate. That’s until I got sick of going to classes where there was no one else my age and I either had to spar with over-zealous younger boys who would be using all their strength on me while I was holding back from hurting them, or fully grown men who I couldn’t even reach high enough to punch.

This is my first perfume, a nearly empty bottle handed down to me by my mother. Oh Anais Anais – its scent is as elderly as its bottle design.

My first pair of glasses. No wonder these ended up staying in the case more often than not. Mmmm tortoiseshell.

My first watch. One of those ones that has the number of the minutes as well as the hours, for learning to tell the time. I probably need it again now, since I’m so used to digital.

And this little number is the uber geeky wallet chain I used so that I wouldn’t loose my bus pass in the first year of high school. Those yearlies were precious! At the time I thought it was just so darn practical, though I do recall being mocked by other kids but I think I just didn’t care. It was like, them: Oh my god what is that! (mocking tone) Me: Oh look it’s soooo useful, it just goes on this button on my school dress and into my pocket and I won’t loose my bus pass! (oblivious to mocking)

Idea 30 and 31

Idea #30: Create a quarterly penpal/subscription network amongst my friends. We will send each other mystery packages of things we made/found/bought/wrote with a small size to keep postage costs down. Everyone sending the same thing/s to all involved. Use a Facebook event to gather a list of subscriber/contributors. Set a limit of how many people can be involved – so that we can all afford to make/buy the content and send the packages. Things inside can be something with a local flavour, or something that inspired us, something we picked up at a market, objects that tell a story. Hmmm maybe each mailing period can have a theme like in the Wander app. Combines a way to keep in touch with friends at home, my love of receiving packages, and the element of surprise!
Inspired by subscriptions like: The Thing Quarterly, Quarterly Co. and Lost Crates.

Idea #31: Make a Meetup event where the point is to make something that draws on the creativity of our inner child. Eg: the materials we have to use are just toilet rolls, or making sandcastles etc. Though, I fear that as adults there’d be someone who could make some amazing cut paper sculpture out of a toilet roll and leave the rest of us with glue in our hair.
Idea inspired by the amazing things kids are doing here.

Time to post some pics from my new lomography fisheye camera – a birthday present. A couple of rolls of film took me from Aussie beach, to bush festival, to Canadian snow. The following were taken with slide film.

Rainbow Serpent Festival near Beaufort, Victoria, Australia.

Bloedel Floral Conservatory, Vancouver, BC.

Grouse Mountain, BC