So the good news is that yes the Hassie made it to London. It looks a bit more used than I remember, from when I used it last in Singapore, last year un June. A different time a different place.
For those who picked this blog recently , my Hassie is a 500 CM with the classic 80mmF2.8 lens. I am lucky enough to own the hood for this lens, but also an original strap 9or a knock off) and a second back plus a couple of filters.
I picked up the Hassie probably 8 years ago when I wanted a bit better medium format that my usual folding Agfa. I used the Hassie quite nicely and carried it quite a bit around the world : France, Italy, India, Sri Lanka and more.
The Hassie is a great camera but I kind of fail out of live with her. Well first I invested so much in the Leica system that I have to justify spending the money. But also as I was warned the Hassie is a big, heavy beast, not super fast to use when you are walking around.
I think its pretty good for an outing with photog friend or a photo-walk on your own, definitely not a carry around camera when walking 15K a day on weekends with my wife.
Anyway… this is however a great camera, I I still enjoy using it, and also I shave a few films around, particularly a box of Ektar 100 that I bought before leaving Singapore.
I like the particularly vibrant colours of this roll (and the next). Processing was done by Analogue Lab in Shoreditch once again.
One thing the Hassie is for sure is a conversation starter.
The famous Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, as seen in James Bond’s Octopussy.
Highlights are blown on that one; well that was a very sunny day and the hotel is white; I could not really pull them out. Maybe shall I try to re-scan the film just to try to restore this part and merge different pictures to restore both highlights and the rest of the picture. I’ll have a try soon and post results here.
We met these 3 Shan women and a man in the jumping cats monastery on lake Inle. They were coming from the hills, about 60 kilometers from there and were on a pilgrimage of Burma sacred sites.
Valerie had a row at other tourists which she felt was too invasive picturing them, I just took two quick shots, not wanting to have troubles with the wife.
These people were as much interested in us as we were in them, and we had a quick chat via our guide. The man was wondering if we were wearing “folkloric” clothes back home or if even there we were just dressed as tourists. Good fun and a gentle reminder on relativity of values.