When I was a kid, most people could not afford to own a camera. But that did not stop us from wanting to capture memorable fun moments of our lives.
Poor as we were, folks managed to have family outings at popular scenic and recreational spots such as the Botanical Gardens, Penang Hill, and even Batu Maung (where there was a horse for rent). Of course, there were the ever-present professional photographers with their cameras staking out at these places, patiently stalking their potential customers and their wallets.
A super-friendly approach and sweet persuasion by these pros inevitably ended in getting us shot a couple of times, and somewhat poorer. We then gave our addresses to the camera men for sending the finished photographs to us.
Back home, it was an agonizing two weeks’ wait for the postman to deliver the eagerly-awaited pieces of printed joy.
Up to the ripe old age of 25, I did not own a camera. Mainly, it was because I had never felt I looked good enough to warrant parting with a substantial percentage of my hard-earned income for a “frivolous, narcissistic” activity.
All that changed, when my GF came into the picture. One of the first questions she posed to me, “Why don’t you buy a camera?” I replied, “I was waiting for you to show up”.
And since then it was Happy Snappy — till this day.
That first camera was a rangefinder – Ricoh 500G. At that time, I knew little about photography, so it was literally just point-and-shoot.
The rest was history – one of acquiring at least 20 other cameras (various models) in the last 39 years. 6 of those are still with me, including the latest Olympus OMD EM10 Mk2.
“Three things are too wonderful for me; four, I do not understand”.
As I was clearing my junk, I came face-to-face with not 1, not 2, not 3,..but 4 sets of Camera Tripods. In the days before Smartphones and Selfie-Sticks, these tripods were necessary if one wished to have oneself included in a photo that one was shooting.
I disliked asking strangers around me to help me shoot a photo, because almost all of those shots failed to meet my expectations. Using a tripod, I could take my own sweet time to re-compose and re-shoot a thousand times till I was happy.
But how on earth did I ended up with 4 of them ?
Initially I had one set at home, but I kept forgetting to pack one along in my travels. So, I had to buy another one on location. Repeat.