2019-03-23

Camera #9FieldGraphic– rebuild & modification

Say hello to camera build #9fieldgraphic. I have acquired a new 'old' camera #4x5 #Graflex #CrownGraphic made in 1963 according to the serial number. It was initially designed as a hand-held press camera, relatively cheap on the used market and so many were made. This one was a beat-up old camera which I have made extensive modifications to convert it into a #fieldcamera. Full movements on the front and vertical/portrait format since I mainly only do portraiture. I'm quite proud of my handiwork! And will be starting to do some trials soon. Took me two weeks to rebuild, about a month of thinking and sketching

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1963 Graflex Crown Graphic rebuild and modification. 1 package arrives from Japan. 2 The camera has a fixed landscape format on the rear, to make a portrait shot it requires the camera to be rotated (front standard movements would be very limited). 3 removed rear format plate 4 cut and position 5 glue back into frame 6 make a rear frame to fit 7 cut rear standard/ mount to fit 8 screw on new frame and standard 9 spray paint matt black (wax water proof treatment, pic not taken) 10 fit felt cloth to fix light leaks 11 front standard has limiting movement 12 some modification to achieve front low tilt 13 grinding away the rail to achieve swing 14 grinding, acquired an angle grinder, it's my new favourite tool.

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2019-03-11

Taiwan– Week 5- Taipei

Week 5- farewell my friends. Portrait of my new BFF, uVin [1,2] of the Kavalan tribe. Makes a monthly trip back to his home village to learn his almost extinct native language from Grandma elder, in a class of four. Their cultural tribe are estimated at less than a thousand. Much reverence & respect to his endearing spirit and now my best friend forever. Visit the National Taipei Museum [3,4] with the guidance of San-san, a museum studies student doing her thesis. To view Tori and Morii's handwriting [5,6] first encounter and notes with the indigenous tribespeople of Formosa. lunch with San-San Liu​ [7]. Preview of ten year Thailand short films with directors q&a [8,9] feel asleep at movie three, missed the fourth. The K truck team temple, very versatile this utility vehicle [10]. Still my favourite and best bubble tea in Taiwan! [7,8,9,10] she remembers me!!!. Dinner with the team [11,12] before heading to halfway for the farewell do. Thank you my bff's of Taiwan!!! [13,14,15] I really love my new hat thanks Azai!

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2019-03-08

Taiwan– week 4-5 – Talk with Luc & Posak

Week 4-5— last presentation week, review. Demonstrations prints after the presentation and talk [1]. Presenting my latest camera build idea [2]. When i agreed to present intimate insights to the start of the project I wasn't expecting to share this part of my life to such a big group [3,4,5]. Selv Grass/ Urselepe presented her experiences through her personal connections [6] in the village of Wutai [7,8] where else Posak Jodian started with the questions, 'who is your father, who is your mother' [9] to present her journey of discovery [10] and the film essay 'Lakec'. We had the honour of professor [11] presenting some good points and advices to the research. We ended the night with a demonstration [12,13] portrait making session, an open air darkroom [14] and the presentation of the prints [15].

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