Bohemian Boudoir

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I moved house today
the old place I couldn’t stay
Well actually, not really
I just lowered myself, you see?
Closer to the outside world
further away from inside hurt
down into my rabbit’s hole
and deeper in my soul

So now I live ce soir
in my Bohemian Boudoir

I left my place today
twenty steps down and away
a larger place, surely
I just lifted life, you see?
Right into the light of day
with something I had to say
but no one listened to me
or saw my captivity

So now I stay ce soir
in my Bohemian Boudoir

I escaped my tower today
simply had to break away
to another time, more free
lost my feelings, you see?
But then on the street today
she made me laugh an play
came into my rabbit’s hole
and dug herself in my soul

So now we love ce soir
in our Bohemian Boudoir
now we love ce soir
in our Bohemian Boudoir

© 2013 Alice Anna Verheij


Today someone gave me something I desired for quite some time. An old little automatic photo camera which I intend to use for lomography (LOMO photography). However, not with a LOMO but with something special. Alice Anna is trippin analogue!

The Olympus Trip 35 is a legendary camera. One of the first compact cameras made in Japan and produced from 1967 to 1984. One of the longest camera production runs ever and a total production figure of more than ten million! Once they were all around. Mine is an early 1978 model in absolutely perfect condition. It’s works like a charm and the old selenium cell obviously is still ok.

iPhone photo by me.

The good thing about this camera is… well actually the good things are a list of good things like these:

  • 100% mechanic
  • no battery needed, no electronics
  • extremely durable and keeps working under very difficult conditions
  • full metal body, hardly any plastic used
  • proper handling weight, not too light and not too heavy
  • uses ordinary 35mm film
  • automatic exposure based on film ASA and selected focal range, so just click away!
  • hot shoe for flash and normal tripod connection
  • it even has an image counter 🙂
  • release knob with mount for self timer and wire release
  • great Zuiko f2.8 40mm 4 elements and 3 groups front focussing Tessar lens
  • mechanical shutter release lock and indicator when light conditions are too low

Needless to say, I love this camera, it’s simplicity and its built quality. As mine is a rather new 1978 type there are no production issues or faults at all with it and it can still live for another couple of decennia. The images coming from this camera are amazing. The lens is of very high quality and it was used by many well known photographers to make amazing work. One of the best known was David Bailey who also made some commercials for this camera.

Anyway, I hope this little one is going to be with me for a long time and some of the results will be of your liking. As of today you might find me Trippin’ along.

© 2012 Alice Anna Verheij

Te koop / for sale.

Wegens omstandigheden neem ik afscheid van mijn mooie Mamiya 645 6×4,5 cm grootbeeld spiegelreflex camera. Een juweel voor de professionele fotograaf die het echte analoge fotograferen met topkwaliteit nog weet te waarderen. Alles in uitstekende staat en recent nog gebruikt. Te mooi om weg te doen maar ik kan niet anders. Email me bij interesse. Ik verkoop natuurlijk alleen tegen een redelijke prijs en er is goed met me te onderhandelen.

Because of personal circumstances I am selling my beloved Mamiya 645 6×4,5 cm SLR camera. A jewel for the professional photographer who still values real analogue photography with the topquality. Everything is in mint condition and recently used. Too beautiful to sell but I have to. Email me when you’re interested. Of course I’ll only sell against a reasonable price.

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Photo fun.

Today was probably the first good day in the year. For photography that is. So we (me and two of my kids) went to the Gemeentemuseum  in my hometown The Hague. Probably the best museum we have in the Netherlands and certainly the one with the most challenging architecture, designed by Berlage early in the past century. I love the place and it is both an architects as a photographers dream.

And as I have the privilege of being able to work with a magnificent camera and just as magnificent lens it was high time to give the pair a good test. The slideshow on this page is the result and contains some of the best pictures made today. I hope you’ll like them.

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Obviously I am not so much a portrait photographer but with this equipment and my daughter and youngest son I had a lot of fun making these. The exhibition was about miniatiruzation so there were doll’s houses, dolls, miniature furniture and even miniature real art in a miniature real art gallery. Totally amazing and some of the photos are made in a way that it’s almost impossible to understand that it’s miniatures you’re looking at. So, watch the slideshow and have a little fun.

All photos are of course copyrighted and not for redistribution in any form without my consent.

Alice © 2012