“Instrument of Intuition”

This is the old vintage film camera that my father used during my childhood days. During my previous visit to home, I took this to have it in my wondercrate. It’s a Yashica Electro 35 GSN.  Yashica is Japanese camera manufacturer who was originally active from 1949 until 2005. From the photos my father has taken with this nostalgic camera, I can upright tell that this thing is almost my age.  To dive deep into the geekery,  the body of this camera is made of solid metal with a clear viewfinder and rangefinder.  This was easily one of the most popular camera brands of the 1970s. It’s equipped with a silent electronic leaf shutter which is much quieter and has lesser vibration compared to the counterparts of Leica and Nikon. When this came out in 1966, it was very advanced at that time. Happened to stumble across this beautifully written write up by photographer Ken Rockwell on this camera.

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”
– Dorothea Lange

Photography is the story I fail to put into words.
— Destin Sparks

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy…For me, the camera is a sketchbook, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.
― Henri Cartier-Bresson, ‘The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers’

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