In 1972 I bought an Olympus Pen F, a half frame 35mm camera with an excellent set of lenses, from Bee Loh Photo Suppliers on Bras Basah Road in Singapore. Ironically, I’m back in Singapore as I post this.
In an earlier post I mentioned that I talked this through with a friend. We had both worked together with the Sydney University Television Service. He lent me his camera to take a few shots around the inner city area of Sydne.
The Olympus was probably the best camera I’ve ever owned, until the digital era, just fir its sheer versatility.
Over the next year I travelled through South East Asia, and eventually Europe, clicking away. Returning to Australia the following year I’d amassed a significant beginning to what eventually became a vast 35mm slide library.
I’ve scanned the slides with my new Epson Perfection V850 Pro scanner.
Here are just a few of the images I shot with that camera. They were all taken in Paris during the first week January, 1973.
Photos, left to right:
Jardins Du Trocadéro;
a view from the Eiffel Tower towards the Pantheon;
Cathédrale Notre-Dame viewed from Quai Saint-Michel;
children playing with ice from a pond in the Luxembourg Gardens; scenes from a street market, probably the Rue Mouffetard Market on the left bank.