I always rely on my digital cameras and iPhone for documenting my journey. As they are versatile, simple and easy for me to share the results, online! But one day, I was so bored with them. There was no challenge left, since they’re so instant and became predictable.
Then, I encouraged myself to utilize my analog camera when I visited Bangkok for the second time. Nothing to lose, since I already known this city.
I used my Rangefinder camera –Yashica Electro 35 GSN with its fixed 45 mm lens-, and I exposed the beauty and the glitz of the City of Angels on my long-time-stored Kodak Portra 160 VC film.
I love to see the glamorous of Krung Thep Mahanakhon was captured perfectly in greenish vintage feel.
Despite the presence of accidental light-leaks and soft-focus, I’m so happy with the results. And I think, I can count on my rangefinder camera in lieu of my digital gears.
I printed and kept some of them in my postcard album. I think it’s been a long time, since the last time I went to the studio and curiously waited for some pictures. It was nice to experience that feeling again.
So, when was the last time you print your captures?
- Bangkok full ceremonial name is listed in Guinnes World Records as the world’s longest place name.
- It is: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.
- Composed of Pali and Sanskrit root words, and translated as: City of Angels, The Great City, The Residence of the Emerald Buddha, The Impregnable City (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra, The Grand Capital of the World endowed with Nine Precious Gems, The Happy City, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the Reincarnated God, a City given by God Indra and built by God Vishnu.