Thursday, June 03, 2021

- - Lomography | Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera Review (Lomochrome Purple Edition) - -

Today I'm back with another Lomography-related post!

This post will be a two-in-one: a review of Lomography's Simple Use Camera and a brief review of the Lomochrome Purple film stock.

If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll know that a couple of months ago I acquired the Minolta SR-T 101, an analogue camera that shoots 35mm film. I have since tried different kinds of film stock (rolls of film) and am always keeping an eye out for more!

Even before getting the Minolta, I knew that one film stock I really wanted to try was the Lomochrome Purple. Lomochrome Purple is Lomography's homage to Kodak Aerochrome and EIR, two iconic infrared films. Like its predecessors, Lomochrome Purple distorts the colours of reality but it does this by painting your photographs in purple hues (see photos below).

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

- - Lomography | Lomo'Instant (Song's Palette) Review - -

2020 was a rough and isolating year for many of us. Ironically, it was also the year when I was able to make a number of meaningful new connections with people. What I started doing in 2020 that I had never done before was participating in polaroid exchanges with individuals all over the world who were passionate about instant photography.

I was able to identify early on that my favourite photographs were the ones that had a vignette effect (ie. a darkened perimeter). These photographs stood out to me because they had a different feel/mood than the photos I had been shooting with my Instax Mini 9.

For example, take a look at these photos:

Saturday, March 27, 2021

- - Remember Saffron Rouge? - -

I was going through my emails a couple of days ago when I came across a name I thought I'd never see again...Saffron Rouge.

Do you guys remember Saffron Rouge? At one point, this was the largest online retailer of natural and organic skincare products and cosmetics. It operated from 2002 until the company ultimately dropped off the map in 2015. The closure was unexpected - there was no goodbye email to their customers. The company simply shut down its website leaving people, who had been ordering with them for years, scrambling to figure out what was going on.

Fast forward to 2021 and it looks like Saffron Rouge's founder, Kirstin Wood, has started another business venture - MPENZY. Much in the spirit of Saffron Rouge, MPENZY (pronounced as "mmm-pen-zee")  is an ingredient-conscious brand that offers organic body products. MPENZY describes itself as a brand that "truly focuses on transparency," so I am hopeful that it has learned from the mistakes of Saffron Rouge. 

In the time that Saffron Rouge has been gone, I've actually found products that work well for me so I doubt I'll be trying anything from MPENZY. Having said that, MPENZY seems like a promising company. The packaging and product descriptions look good. The prices aren't too bad (some of the products are 50% off currently). I do wish the company a successful future.


What are your thoughts about MPENZY?

Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading! 💙

Saturday, March 06, 2021

- - Fujifilm | Instax Square SQ6 Unboxing : Taylor Swift Edition - -

Happy weekend!

This will be a bit of a long read but I hope you enjoy it. 😊

The first time I heard "Look What You Made Me Do" I thought it was an interesting song. At that point (2017) it had been a while since Taylor Swift released music (or had been seen in the public eye) and her new sound was very different from what I had previously heard from her on the radio. But I loved it.

As I started eventually listening to the Reputation tracks on YouTube (all of which I really liked), I also noticed a series of "The Making Of..." videos. These were intimate videos (all shot with TS's phone from the looks of it) which showed the writing and recording process that Taylor Swift had gone through in making her new album.

To me these videos were a huge game-changer because: A) I had never before seen a singer take their fans into their world that much, and B) it was really cool to see parts of the songwriting process. I started looking at other interviews and videos where Taylor Swift talked about the songwriting process and this made me really respect her as a singer, writer, and as a storyteller.

Read more after the jump: