For the past few weeks I've been looking into the best way to scan some negatives which I brought back with me from Sydney at the beginning of the year - just a small bunch of old and somewhat recent film, images that I'd like to include in my upcoming book (commonly referred to as the book). First I asked all my photographer friends here if they had a neg scanner - I figured at least one of them would have one since they all used to shoot film back in the day. But alas, no! Which was interesting. Then I looked online to see if any of my local photography shops scanned negs, but I also checked out the prices of neg scanners while I was at it. Long story short, after getting a hefty quote for scanning a few negs I thought it worth investing in a neg scanner of my own as I'd like to start shooting film again soon. Yesterday the neg scanner arrived in the mail and even though it took a while to set up, I soon got the hang of it by scanning a few random negatives from my neg folders. What is no doubt much more interesting to you though, is what I found among those random negatives: a spoon.
This spoon is possibly my favourite spoon of all time. I haven't seen it for years, and I'm not even sure if it still exists. I think - I hope - it is in my storage unit back in Sydney. It has a history which probably dates back to before my ownership of it, but its history with me is special: I bought it about ten years ago , possibly at a flea market, when I had my store. And then when I opened the teahouse I put it on display there, behind the counter, resting on a little nail in the wall. However one of the staff knocked it unfortunately, and it broke. But I loved it too much to get rid of it. So I bound the two broken pieces rather crudely with some metal wire (time was of the essence back then) and over the years it fused together with rust. I must have taken a photo of it at some point in the last decade with my canon ae-1 and now, all the way over here in my home away from home, I have been reunited with my spoon again via this photo. Today, thanks to this spoon, this photograph, I am inspired.
PS This is the original photo scanned straight from negative, untouched, unaltered. I just love it. I might have to find a place for this photo in the book I think.
PPS I still think about opening another teahouse one day. I know it's crazy since the last one nearly killed me, but I do think I'd do it soooo much better this time and really, how many cafés out there know how to make a proper chai these days? I need to bring back the chai.
PPPS I want to say thank you to everyone who has been leaving such luscious compliments about my writing of late. I can't tell you how much that means to me since the book is filled with such writings, and your encouragement inspires me everyday. So, thank you.