My Precious

The Olympus and me

AF-10super 35mm by Olympus

We have a special bond, the Olympus and me.

It all started with piano lessons when I was a teenager. Renate teached my mother and me how joyful piano play is done and shortly we became friends.

She passed away too soon and I never could get around that.

I inherited the Olympus from her and took it to a skiing holiday for the first time. I was very excited to have my own decent camera (for the time). So I bought a couple of films and used the one already in the camera.

It was a great holiday in the mountains with my best friend, we had a lot of fun and took many pictures.

What I didn't knew at the time was that the AF-10super allows multi exposure films by not rolling up the film entirely.

Awaiting beautiful skiing photos, I was more than suprised when they returned from development.

There she was, smiling from the highest mountains with all her joy and energy!

Perfectly composed in the snow, she was celebrating her birthday. It was a bit scary at first and still gives me the shiver when I see these pictures.

In retrospect it feels like a warmth good-bye, a little gift from beyond.

Before I bought a DSLR this year, the Olympus accompanied me almost everywhere.

It is a pretty solid made hard plastic camera with a fixed 35mm lens with f/3.5 and integrated flash. It has a self timer, but besides that it's only you and the release button.

After using a DSLR the last couple of month it's utterly refreshing to use such a simple old school point and shoot camera. The excitement of picking up the developed film and seeing the photos for the first time is unreachable with a preview LCD.

Even more so, if they include a little surprise!

The Olympus and me. A story dedicated to Renate.

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  • Taryn Wiens

    Taryn Wiens (Deleted) gave props (7 Apr 2010):

    Wow, this is a beautiful story accompanied by beautiful photos. It gave me shivers.

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