my goal and limit is 2 photos per day

i post in pairs...

i fall behind...

 

i don't know how to edit. this is a stream not a portfolio. i only make decisions each day of what to upload so the images may not all make sense and may seem like too many. c'est la vie.

  

HERE is my facebook profile... feel free to add me... but please let me know who you are on flickr or i will get confused :)

 

i've spent my time creating digital images in visual effects work but i shoot exclusively with film. i like film because i don't think i shoot a better photo if i know how it turned out immediately. in fact for me the opposite is true. the less i know the more i feel... i take truly bad digital photos. truly!

 

unlike some i don't take my camera everywhere i go. i don't hope to have it with me when the moment appears rather i take it with me when i feel photos are going to come from me. if i force it for the moment the photos are just bad and i waste film. if someone tells me to bring my camera the photos will also be bad. if someone asks me why i AM bringing my camera... well that's because i'm feeling it.

 

i suggest you read zen in the art of archery. a short read. the most important part of the book is the zen concept of becoming one with your target instead of aiming at it as is the norm. to truly become one with the target makes hitting the target a novel side effect. transform this to shooting a subject and you can see how it makes sense... read it

 

Equipment

 

120/220 film cameras

 

∇ Pentax 67 (6x7) (3 bodies)

⇒ SMC TAKUMAR 6X7 55 mm f/3.5

⇒ SMC Pentax 67 165 mm f/2.8

⇒ SMC Pentax 67 90 mm f/2.8

 

∇ Mamiya C330

⇒ Mamiya-Sekor 80mm 1:2.8

⇒ Mamiya-Sekor 135mm 1:4.5

 

∇ Hasselblad 500C/M

⇒ Carl Zeiss T* Planar 2.8/80 CF

 

Rollei Rolleiflex 2.8C stolen in Beijing

Schneider Xenotar 80mm f/3.5

 

Yashica MAT-124G (6x6) stolen in Beijing

Yashinon 80 mm f/3.5 (fixed)

 

Kiev 60 (6x6) given to major deegan

YARSAT B 80 mm f/2.8

 

∇ Seagull 4B-1

⇒ Haiou-31 75mm f/3.5

 

∇ Zeroimage 6x9 multiformat (6x45, 6x6, 6x7, 6x9)

⇒ f/235 pinhole

 

∇ Holga 120N

⇒ 60mm/8

  

135 film cameras

 

∇ Nikon F3 HP

⇒ Nikkor 20 mm f/2.8 D

⇒ Nikkor 35 mm f/2.0 AIS

Nikkor 35-70 mm f/2.8 D sold on ebay

Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4 AIS gummed up with oil on leaves

Nikkor 105 mm f/2.5 AI given to chi mai

 

∇ Rollei 35 (original german made)

⇒ Tessar 40 mm f/3.5 (fixed)

 

∇ Yashica ELECTRO 35 G

⇒ Yashinon 45 mm f/1.7 (fixed)

 

∇ Olympus PEN-EE S (half frame)

⇒ D. Zuiko 30 mm f/2.8 (fixed)

 

∇ Lomo LC-A'

  

i'm 100% shooting medium format now. mostly mixing it up between the pentax 67, mamiya c330 and hasselblad 500C/M. i think i shoot better with the pentax67 but i enjoy shooting my 6x6 cameras more. time will tell.

 

when my yashicamat and rolleiflex were stolen in beijing i replaced them both with a mamiya c330. i love the way a TLR looks so much and it's feminine nature that i started the sometimes controversial group Girl with a TLR but i have not been involved with it in years. if you want to become an admin shoot me an email.

 

i used to always shoot with a nikon f3. i love this camera, its weight, its size, its bronzing, how it feels in my hand and against my face. i like straight shooting with nikkor primary lenses . zooms tend to ruin my photos by adding another distraction layer.

 

the other 135 camera i enjoy mainly because it belonged to my mother when i was born is a rollie 35 which i love. it has beautiful german made zeiss lens and silent compur shutter. it is so restrictive that it squeezes images from your soul. you focus and set exposure while not looking through the view finder... then when you frame there is nothing but the world in front of you - no needles, numbers, +, -, lights or anything - just the frame. its a lovely experience... use the force luke!

 

i also have a nice wooden zero image pin hole camera that i used to play with. its the 6x9 multi-format. i ran my first roll through and decided to form a group for zero image enthusiasts!

 

that's me and my gear in a simplistic photographic sense... no need to complicate things with more.

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  • JoinedAugust 2005
  • Occupation21st century odd jobs
  • HometownNew York
  • Current cityDali, Yunnan
  • CountryChina
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Tu Anh says:

i like looking at beetabonk's photos ... it's so personal, so intimate! sometimes it feels like im intruding so i just look at them and not comment, afraid to say the wrong thing ... ;-) and i love how he loves vietnamese food! someday he'll have to teach me how to shoot with film and i'll pay him with homemade pho*? … Read more

i like looking at beetabonk's photos ... it's so personal, so intimate! sometimes it feels like im intruding so i just look at them and not comment, afraid to say the wrong thing ... ;-) and i love how he loves vietnamese food! someday he'll have to teach me how to shoot with film and i'll pay him with homemade pho*? ... deal? ;-D

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December 5, 2008
Twiggy Tu says:

He creates so many great shots through life and feeling, love his photos so much!

March 24, 2009
unknown base (deleted)

the beetabonk takes great candids with his huge camera...always a pleasure to observe his stream... good on you mate.. keep at it ollie cheers Ravnish

September 24, 2008
Miyuki. says:

most people are afraid to take a chance on life, on photography. but not my dear friend Oliver.

May 24, 2008

very nice works bud :)

May 16, 2008

i like oliver's photos in the way you like someone who's always going to be there, who's serenity is a wall against which you can rest when you get too overloaded. his images convey a stability, a fragility, an ephemeral continuity. that's visual poetry for you, folks!

November 16, 2006