“Here, your father bought you this at the airport during transit” said my uncle one evening way back in 2013. My father, my uncle, and my cousin went to a mining company in Borneo island, and my father stayed back to finish the project while my uncle and my cousin flew back home. I wonder what kind of thing has my father bought me, given the unusual location. He fished something out of his bag and handed me a small box. “NiSi Pro Digital Conversion Lens” is written on the box. I opened it and found a wide angle filter accessory to screw in front of camera lens.
Gear acquisition syndrome got the best of me during this quarantine, and I found myself as the new owner of a Yashica Mat-124G on first week of May. It was pretty easy to convince myself to acquire this beauty frankly, telling myself that I bought the camera as birthday gift, even though my birthday was more than a month away.
I have finished this roll of Kodak Gold 200 in January this year, although I hadn’t sent it to my local development lab as I was too lazy to drive there. Besides, I also had a roll of Fuji Superia X-Tra 400 that was half full loaded in my camera, and I thought I’ll finish that roll and then take both of them to be developed. I stored the Gold 200 in my drawer until mid April.
My name is Salman Rameli, a 23 years old software developer from Surabaya, Indonesia. My interest in photography started when I was 6 years old, after my father bought a Canon PowerShot A200 to replace his Nikon F-501. Being a child, I did not know how to operate the contraption that the adults use to take photos. The mystery of photography also baffled me back then. How can you confidently know that you have captured the moment you wanted perfectly, if you could not see the result instantly?