I’m excited! I’m really excited…

This is the first time I’m uploading my shots taken with film online…I use a beautiful Nikon FM2n + Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI lens that is the best camera I’ve ever shot with and a tank of a camera at that. Built to take the abuse and is rock solid. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of my camera…but someone else does.

I hope Jody doesn’t mind me stealing her picture :-) (Shoutout to Jody Siong)

You can read her blog by clicking HERE.

I shoot film exclusively for B&W…Today, my friend Shane taught me how to develop film. You can check out his work by clicking HERE. He taught me by helping me develop my first roll of B&W film, a roll of Ilford Delta 3200. After I get a job I’m definitely gonna develop my own film. Its being dried at the moment so he’ll help me scan in into digital files and I’ll go see ‘em tomorrow. THATS WHY I’M EXCITED!!! Looking at the developed roll though there seems to be a streak that runs across the entire roll which will probably be quite obvious in the photos. :-( Regardless, I’m looking forward to seeing the finished result and if they’re good I’ll make a post about it. I took the film about half a year ago and then realised that traditional B&W film NEEDS to be hand developed…so I stuffed it in my drawer as I couldn’t do anything about it…until today.

In the meantime, I’m shooting with Kodak BW400CN which is a C-41 process film (which means I can bring it into any photography shop and they can develop it for me. I just recently developed 2 rolls of this film at the shop. I wasn’t planning on digitizing them in any way but Shane was kind enough to do me the favour. (Shoutout to Kao Wen Sheng)

These rolls were taken around last September to November but I didn’t have enough money to waste on developing them so I resisted as long as I could. The pictures you are about to see are from November ’09 when my sister, Linzhi, came to Australia to visit.

Most of you know her as this:

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or this:

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The happy, weird, smiley, smartie pants with selective hearing. However, don’t be fooled. I’ve known this one for 23 years and it wears many…many faces. You can be sure because:

  1. Film doesn’t lie
  2. All these pictures are taken from 2 rolls of film so you know they were taken over a short period of time.
  3. You’re reading it here. Your one source of definite, undisputable truth.

If you know the both of us and know us well, you’ll notice she’ll regularly look at me with this face:

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It means that I’ve either done something wrong, am about to something wrong, or am thinking of doing something wrong. When you’re as in tune with her as I am you see her in a different light.

Where others see this:

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I see this:

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Where others see this:

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I see this:

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Where others see this:

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I see this:

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Then, if you’re observant enough you’ll notice that she has her own little mood swings where she does random things at random times.

“Yeah right, Jiaren. You’re SO making this stuff up!”

“No way, this is your one source of definite, undisputable truth!”

“Prove it then!”

“Fine. I will.” Presenting…

…Weird random self-happy mode:

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…Weird random self-sad mode:

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…Weird random self-standoff “first-one-blinks-loses” mode?:

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I think I’m made my case. :-)

Can’t live with her, can’t live without her!

All in all I love her and miss her already… :-( She’s great fun to photograph and fun to hang around with. She’s also single and available. If you’re reading this and still find yourself liking her give me a shout and I’ll hook you up. :-)

Cheers and God bless!

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7 Responses to “The Art of Being the Linzhi (My sister)”

  1. Linzhi says:

    someone’s gonna get it!! I like the last one the best :P im gonna steal it :D

  2. Donna says:

    HAHAHAHAH! Good post!

    that’s soooo linzhi but she’s still adorable!

  3. Donna says:

    ps: I like the pictures you take.. LOTS. I’ve actually made some my laptop wallpaper last year! hahaha

  4. Nick says:

    Love your film shots man!!!

  5. jody says:

    heeyyy thanks for the shoutout! WHY U PUT MY LOUSY CRAPPY PHOTO IN THE SAME POST WITH ALL UR GORGEOUS SHOTS!!! *MALU*

    p/s: linzhi damn cute haha. and i luuuuurve that last photo. awesome work as usual jiaren! :D

  6. Jiaren Lau says:

    Thanks everyone! what a great response! now that I have a source to develop B&W I’m shooting it way more often. Nw the dSLR stays at home and the film one is 95% of the time my goto camera…talk about addicted to grain..really loving high-speed film. Got some fuji neopan 1600 in her right now to compare with some Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600 which Ill use later on. Then, I wanna try pushing the Delta 3200 to ISO6400..Oh joy!

    I just finished editing my last wedding shoot and will pass the pics onto the client tomorrow night! I’ll make a preview post soon…stay tuned!

  7. Cassandra Goonan says:

    Hey Jiaren,

    I just thought I would let you know that you take fantastic images. You are very talented as I feel that photography is not all about the equipment……It is also the imagination and eye of the photographer…….combine the both and that is when you see amazing images……:)

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