Hi and welcome to the world of classic film cameras and film! My name is Jak and I live in Vancouver, BC….the next best place to Paradise!
This is your site just as much as it’s mine, so feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, criticisms or whatever anytime! Go ahead!
General blah-blah-blah about me!
As I have mentioned elsewhere on this blog, the main point of placing my ideas online for the whole world to see, is that I want to keep photography alive, yes, REAL photography, using film cameras and film.
Digital has reached a very good sensible level, and is continuing to develop slowly by the year…that’s not questionable. And at times, you may be surprised to see, I will indeed have digital equipment on review or on sale.
The point is that the whole purpose of using film and film cameras is the “feel” it gives you….right from composing and pressing the shutter, to perhaps handling the developing of your film and maybe even printing the results.
For me, nothing on this planet beats the feeling when you first see your very own film that you developed yourself, with the shots appearing in negative form….and then, the even more powerful magic of slowly moving the developing tray in your darkroom, and seeing your photo appear mysteriously from thin air…..alchemy come true in the 21st century!
How I was bitten by the photography bug!
Anyway, I digress….having been exposed (no pun intended!) to cameras since I was around 5 yrs old, I always thought of them as being magical things, but in those days, partly due to my young age and partly because money was very tight, I wasn’t able to get my hands on a camera till I was around 12yrs old…and that was when I was allowed to take our precious family camera, a Yashica tlr, on a school outing to Windsor castle, in merry old England!
Fast forward another 10 yrs from then, and I bought my very own camera, an Olympus Trip 35. With this camera, I literally shot as many photos as I could afford….remember, developing and printing was still quite expensive relatively in those days (I’m talking about the 60s and 70s). From then on, I was able to save money that allowed me to buy more cameras, new as well as secondhand, and that’s what resulted in my collection that I have to this day.
Where I used to live and where I am now!
Having lived in London, UK for many years, I decided to move out to pastures new some years ago, and ended up in that very fine city of Toronto, Ontario, where I established myself and worked for a while, but then, as you do, I began to feel trapped by the horrible and ghastly winters of Ontario (we’re talking temperatures of -35C or worse, a phenomenon called “freezing rain”, and heaps of snow piling up as fast as you can shovel it clear!), so I moved yet again to the more gentler climate of British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada.
It was there that I was offered work on a freelance basis, in, wait for it, London! In the end, any job is all about money, whether you’re a doctor, engineer or janitor, so I took up the offer, coming back to the place I had originally started from, albeit for a short term. The good thing is that these work placements are only temporary, so I can be back home in BC every time a placement ends.
About my partner-in-crime, and the one who runs my house–my Wife!
Anyway, aside of talking about cameras and film on this blog, I will be offering cameras for sale here as well…the reason for this is that the wife has been threatening to leave me if I didn’t get rid of my collection, as she says it has taken over the whole house! Well, between you and me, those are empty threats…she’s been saying that for over 30 years and she’s still here………;). Still, all praise to her for putting up with my foibles all these years!!
Other hobbies I have, what I do for a living and other mumbo-jumbo!
What else do I like in life, aside of film cameras? Well, rather than explain, here’s a list:
I love writing and reading ( I have written several books, though only in my imagination!). I also like drawing and painting (watercolours).
I like to think I’m dab hand at Tai Chi/Chi Kung/Yoga, having practised for coming up to 15 years now. I sometimes teach these if I feel like it or I have the time (only thing is, we all live in a culture now that demands instant gratification, which none of these disciplines give — the whole idea is to slow right down!).
I love old things; obviously cameras, cars, clothing from the 60s, etc.
My music, my passion—music from the 50s, 60, and 70s!
Music I love:
The Hollies, Marmalade, The Who, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Drifters, Miracles, Four Tops, Temptations, Doors, T Rex, Marvin Gaye, Mat Munro, Jim Reeves (!), E Presley, Ray Charles, James Brown, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin Wolf, Slim Harpo, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Johnny Shines, Brownie McGhee, Big Bill Broonzy, UmmaGumma by Pink Floyd, Songs from a room by Leonard Cohen, etc…this list will be added to…!
So, anyway, please read on and drop in regularly…I’ll be happy to hear from you or read your comments anytime…feel free to comment on the pages here…happy reading and welcome once again……