Kalen is the owner of the excellent Shatterbox Coffee Bar at 950 Yates Street in Victoria. The location is very close to my old office and I would go there from time to time. I still go there now, though not a lot as I am not often in this area.
A great thing about the shop (other than the people, coffee, tea and baked goods) is the light. Not just the light from the front windows near where Kalen is standing in this picture, but upstairs in a white-painted room with skylights and comfy chairs.
The Mamiya really gives me the urge to photograph people, and for some reason when I am holding it I am more inclined to ask. People seem more inclined to say yes as well. I think they are curious about the camera, and perhaps see it as an indicator of serious intent. Or maybe my manner is just more confident and that influences the response.
Kalen said I could use this picture – thanks Kalen!
This is the first roll of new film I have used in the camera – black and white Ilford. It is a biggish image – click through on the image to see greater detail.
A few days ago when stopping by for coffee another customer came in carrying a TLR medium format camera, I think a Rolleicord. We chatted, and he agreed to pose with his camera – sadly the shutter refused to fire on the Mamiya.
The shutter is working again, but I am not completely sure what went wrong – it coincided with swapping the film back. When I loaded more film in the other back it hesitated to give me a shutter, and then kicked back into action, including for the film and back that it had not been working on. Probably operator error.
Mamiya M645 Super, 80mm/f2.8 lens, ISO400, Ilford Delta 400 Pro.