Anmok, Fuji X-Pro1
The weather is getting cooler and drier and I no longer feel like a boiled potato every time I step outside the house. So yesterday morning I took the Contax 645 to Gangneung Harbour and used a roll of film. I’m a bit out of practise so I am ashamed to say I made quite a few mistakes. After the roll was used I took a bus back home to eat.
I had such a good time out with the camera in the morning that after I ate I put my Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and a few lenses in a bag and went back to the harbour on bicycle. I made photos on the breakwater until I felt a few drops of rain and had to rush home. The last part of my ride was a very wet one . . . .
I’m still curating the photos I made with the digital camera and I won’t get my film back until next week sometime so I won’t show them today. Instead I am posting two photos made with the Hipstamatic application for iPhone.
Gangneung Harbour was once called Anmok Harbour, after the village that is there. A few years ago the name was changed, possibly for reasons of tourism. All the photos below were taken with the Zeiss Ikon ZM rangefinder camera and the Zeiss Planar 2/50 lens. I’m fairly certain the film was Agfa CT Precisa 100 but, if it wasn’t, it was Fujifilm Provia 100F.
The village of Anmok in the city of Gangneung was/is a small fishing village. Before moving to Gangneung I had heard of the village’s ‘coffee street’. Every fish restaurant along the beach road had one or two coffee vending machines and this, along with the fresh sashimi, was the village’s claim to fame.
Fast forward ten or more years to the present and the village is now a long row of raw fish restaurants (sashimi sounds much better, doesn’t it?) and corporate chain coffee shops. There’s also a new marina and in the marina building there is a coffee shop on the top floor. Some time ago I went up there with a couple of friends and while they drank coffee I made a few photos.
The view towards the beach road with all the coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels. Behind the beach road are a maze of alleys where the houses and walls probably haven’t changed in many decades.
The coffee shop has a balcony where the smokers congregate and ruin the balcony for everyone else. Luckily, it was raining on the day I was there and the smokers had to suffer inside the coffee shop.