HannahSpeltBackwards

Content Writer Hannah Miller

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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)

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

Idea 29

Idea #29: Use embroidery to make a stop motion animation. – Would be so much work! I’d have to set up a studio space with exact, unchanging lighting conditions, so I could work at it like a jigsaw puzzle on the kitchen table. Or make a super amateur one using an iPhone.

My First Time

Cafe Lua’s “First Time” art competition recently came to a close. I loved seeing the different directions the artists took with the theme. This is my entry, which I was inspired to make after playing with the negatives I scanned from my mother’s 70s photos. I was sharpening and exaggerating the faults in the film, and loving the overemphasised grainy texture. What I failed to articulate previously is that seeing her in her 20s in these photos kinda spun me out, as I could put a face to the stories she has told of her life before kids, and visualise her as someone my age. So the image I entered was called, “The First Time I Really Understood That She Was Young Once Too.”

Ideas 16 to 22

Idea #16:  Have  a garage sale in January. Just advertise with signs.

Idea #17:  Pack stuff for garage sale into boxes and keep them under the bed till then.

Idea #18:  Have a Camberwell market stall too – mainly of clothes.

Idea #19: Photograph all the childhood mementos that I just don’t have space for anymore. The pictures will be memory enough.

Idea #20: Scan all my travel ephemera and let it go. Why did I collect all that anyway! Takes up too much space.

Idea #21: Put the photos of my teenage frog collection onto a blog. – A frog blog!

Idea #22: No time to do my snow self-portrait for the First Time competition, but I have an idea with mum’s old photos.

Idea #23: Playing with mums photos I really loved the graininess and the scratches. I want to make some art focusing on these imperfections.

Idea #24: It doesn’t matter if I actually post an “Idea A Day” but just generate ideas as often as I can.

Idea #25: Convince Frankie and Aviv to let me collaborate with them on a Pomme De La Pomme film clip in the next few months.

Idea #26: Steve has this video idea to make a nature watching hut in a graffiti lane in the city and observe the tourists. Would the hut be covered in bark and branches to camouflage or would it have ‘urban camouflage’ of graffiti and paste ups?

Black and White

Some black and white shots I took with my twin lens reflex camera.

My sister at the hedge maze.

I love the accidents I get using film.

Ideas 5 to 10

Idea #5:  A monthly meet up with my creative friends to show our latest projects and bounce ideas off each other.

Idea #6:  Dye the tip of my fringe black.

Idea #7:  Baked goods as an engagement present?

Idea #8:  Lemon water to start the day for at least a week.

Idea #9:  An online exhibition, which is screened based, but encourages people to host the exhibition simultaneously on computers in spaces such as Internet cafes, art galleries, museums, bars. Visit the exhibition url and there would be a loop of all the curated work. Gifs, films, animations etc. Inspired by Bring Your Own Beamer and Speed Shows.

Idea #10:  Kiteboarding could be the sport for me (Not based on any experience).

An Idea A Day