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Bangkok

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Leaving Bangkok today for Kuala Lumpur then on to Amsterdam.   Bangkok was an exciting place to be with all manner of visual stimuli ready and waiting to be soaked in.  The food was great and the shopping was unique to say the least.  Apparently the Silom district in Bangkok is the knock-off capitol of the world; from fake Rolex’s to fake Versace sunglasses pretty much any type of designer product imaginable can be had.  The street vendors are pretty intense, jumping out shouting their sales pitch every time you pass by.  The streets are lined with these little carts and booths selling all sorts of random items.  The air is pretty bad; the whole city is enveloped in a thick veil of smog and it shows on the grimy walls and sidewalks. The juxtaposition of ultra modern western forms, decaying, dilapidated structures and traditionally ornate Thai shrines and monuments made for a very unique backdrop. We didn’t have as much time to explore the city as I would have liked, but the few days we did get to spend there were packed full of interesting things to see and do.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s installment, lot’s of pics from a place called Patong.  Feel free to comment on this post

Diana +

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The "Diana +": even lower-fi alternative to the Holga? Sent in by Damo.

"Back in the 1960’s, a small firm in Hong Kong — the Great Wall Plastics Factory — created a dirt-cheap 120 camera called the “Diana.” Crafted entirely of plastic, each camera cost about a dollar. As a mainstream product, the Diana was pretty much a failure — and was discontinued in the 1970’s. But like any superstar cut down in their prime, the Diana’s posthumous appeal skyrocketed. As a cult artistic tool of avant-garde and lo-fi photographers, it was a rousing success! They loved its soft & dreamy images, super-saturated colors, unpredictable blurring, and random contrast. Diana shots are raw & gritty, with a character all their own. They simply cannot be duplicated by any other camera on Earth! In short order, the Diana rose to prominence as one of the most treasured and sought-after cult analog cameras from the late 70’s onward. The Diana is now available again at Lomo Stockists around the world."

Anyone have any experience with these?

Holga vs. The World

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I’ll be leaving January 3rd for a month (Tokyo – Thailand -Amsterdam -  Stockholm – Prague – London).  I lost half my shots from this summer’s trip to a faulty Lomo LCA.  This time around I’m bringing my Nikon digital, but I still want a lofi film camera to capture the more personal stuff.  After seeing some beautiful shots like the one above by sMacshot I’ve decided to go with a Holga this time and ditch the LCA (which was my third Lomo to break).  I know the Holga is probably just as prone to breakage, but it’s only about $40 instead of whatever outrageous price they are charging now for the Lomo these days ($300?). 

Any tips for using the Holga?  Does it have a similar auto-exposure mechanism to the Lomo or is it all manual?  Any reason why I should stick with the Lomo?  I also really like the prospect of shooting in medium format with the Holga, something I’ve never done before.  Anything special about MF for beginners?  I am thinking of going all cross-process this time, excited to see the results.

Sound off in the comments >

Just stumbled on this Holga site, some nice info there.

Camper Hotel Barcelona

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This is the sign out front at the Camper Hotel, Barcelona.  Camper is a Spanish company that makes great shoes and although I’m not sure what they’re doing in the hospitality industry, I’m all for it.  This place was amazing, very nice design throughout.  If you have a chance be sure to visit, it’s in the El Raval which is a very cool neighborhood with great design shops and one of the best book stores I’ve seen at the CCCB (where OFFF is held each year). Loved this sign, was a nice take on Americana via the venerable motel sign.