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Fresh Air: Nicholas LaClair

I know it’s been two months since the last update — with work and ministry increasing by the bucketload, this site got left by the wayside. No excuses there.

The evolution of photography has been nothing short of miraculous, considering how technological advancements and downward-spiralling costs of entry-level DSLRs have effectively levelled the playing field for amateurs. Therefore it should come as no surprise that with the hyperconnectivity of the internet, a plethora of digital photos, good and bad alike, have also pervaded all known social media spaces. Ideas no longer remain new or unique, but have instead evolved or devolved, assimilated into the digital consciousness, regurgitated, transformed, sometimes no longer carrying even a vestige of its original self.

Photography, for example, and like design, has undergone similar change. Techniques that took hours in the darkroom and years of experience to properly execute can now be easily simulated by your average adolescent armed with a smattering of Photoshop skills and ninja Googling; what remains somewhat resistant to that sort of digital tweaking, however, is that innate knack to compose and craft more than a photo, but a story: a photo by itself may be visually appealing, made possible by any number of elements (clothes/pose/location/etcetera), but storytelling itself is a skill, a gift honed through discipline, unrestricted by its medium, be it photography, film, or prose.

Maybe I’ve been jaded or worn down by the cynics that permeate every strata of our modern society, but a photo has to be more than just good-looking; a photo, like a story, has to say something. A girl in her knickers taking a self-portrait with a vintage camera is all well and good to the throngs looking through tumblr and whatnot, but where is the story in that? Where is the magic, the  finesse, the silent gasps of awe?

All images by Nicholas LaClair.

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Fishbulb

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Looking at this makes me wonder if I can do the same thing.. won’t the fish have to be really tiny?

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Free Bohemia Love

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I want that van

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Vintage Goodness: Olympus 4/3 Camera

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I have to admit – the sleek boxy design and vintage throwbacks of the announced Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera is delicious.

As in DPreview:

The Micro Four Thirds System enables users to enjoy the same high image quality of the Four Thirds System’s 4/3-type image sensor in a much more compact body, and also take advantage of significantly more compact lenses, particularly in the wide-angle and high-power zoom range. The Four Thirds System offers the benefits of compact, lightweight performance, and the new Micro Four Thirds System takes this still further to enable development of ultra-compact interchangeable lens type digital camera systems unlike anything seen before. The new Micro Four Thirds System also incorporates a greater number of lens-mount electrical contacts for the support of new features and expanded system functionality in the future.

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Inhae’s Milk Toof

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My Milk Toof is a photo comic by Inhae Renee Lee that is really too cute for words: “When I was young, I placed my baby teeth under my pillow and when i woke up I’d find a shiny new quarter. But whatever happened to those little teeth? Where did they go? Would I ever see them again?

Many years later, a little tooth was standing at my door. It looked familiar. It’s name was ickle. Welcome home, my milk toof!”

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Photojojo: Seatbelt Camera Straps

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More wonderfully unnecessary things you can get for your camera without actually improving the way you shoot: camera straps recycled from seatbelts.

What better way to tote your precious camera cargo than with a retired lifesaving device? These handmade camera straps come straight from the benches of wreck yard automobiles!

It’s time you gave your camera the haltering strength it deserves, and the super funky style it’s been silently hoping for. Be the first person on your block to start wearing a seat belt around your neck!

Trust us, this is a good thing.

Each strappy runs a comfortable 2″ wide and has two sturdy slide buckles. The buckles’ rounded edges prevent scratches whilst giving you maximum adjustability. Fun, yet practical. Neat.

Choose from six colors: Burgundy, Teal, White, Red, Lime, and Silver

Now you have to look just as good behind your camera as the person you’re shooting. I doubt I’d ever pay for something like this, but at least this shows that some ingenuity can go a long way. And people might even end up giving you money for it.

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And, spring

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And, spring: stationery from Korea that are way too cool for me. Add in film-esque photography, wooden tables and minimalist aesthetic by way of indie-inspirations and no-frills MUJI and you’ve got me craving this stuff. Clean-pressed grey shirts with short sleeves or sleeves rolled up, or wrinkly ones in neat, grid-like plaids, messenger bags, notebooks tucked into back pockets.. forget Parisian chic or polished oxfords strolling down the streets of Milan, give me unfinished concrete, roads with loose gravel, coffeeshops manned by wizened grandfathers who followed his father who followed his and sipping dark, rich coffee in cheap ceramic cups and saucers, anytime.

This post has been sitting in my drafts for the longest time and left by the wayside for reasons of, I don’t know, memory (forgotten) and the relentless passage of time (excuses).

Local cafe/shop casualpoet carries and, spring, while sojourners to Seoul can visit their store spring come, rain fall at the following address: 35-11 Tongui-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea (email: help@o-check.net; tel: 82-2-3210-1555/6 fax: 82-2-3210-1557). Take me with you.

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spring come, rain fall by O-Check Design Graphics:

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