It’s a slow day here at CP HQ. Not going to lie. While I wait for B&H to send me that new Fuji Instax camera and a Leica M11, and for my lab to deliver $201 worth of film scans for upcoming articles on the Olympus 35S, the Rollei SLX, and the Canon Sure Shot Super Zoom Extra Large Hamburger point and shoot, I thought I’d share this great snippet of film-camera-adjacent… news? Can I call this news? This really isn’t news. This may not be anything.
I noticed in Esquire the other day a very excellent piece written by Maaza Mengiste. The article, a lovely bio / interview / story focusing on the childhood, method, philosophy, casual drug use, and everything else of actor Oscar Isaac. I loved Isaac in Ex Machina, and as Poe Dameron in Star Wars Episode VII (specifically), and I guess everything else that I’ve ever seen him in. I’m also pretty jealous of him for his hair. It’s pretty great hair.
The excellent Esquire article is accompanied by equally fantastic photography by Guy Aroch. I’d never heard of Guy Aroch before this piece. Probably because I’m just a dork sitting in my basement office typing articles about liking cameras and being okay at photography. But he takes great photos and I’m now a fan, for what that’s worth (literally nothing to Guy Aroch).
I noticed a few things about Aroch’s photography in this article. I won’t list them all. But some things that I did notice were, first, that Guy Aroch owns a Contax T2; that Guy Aroch made some of the photos in this article with (I’m guessing) the same Contax T2; that Guy Aroch had Oscar Isaac hold his T2 for a few moments to take photos of him holding it; and finally, that Oscar Isaac thinks the Contax T2’s self-timer button is the shutter release button. And isn’t it weird that they clone-stamped the Contax branding off of the camera? That’s funny.
I love all of this. If only because it gives the “STOP HYPING FILM CAMERAS” crowd a target that’s not me and my writers.
See you the next time I write a real article!
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Esquire is good.
I have never own a Contax T2, because it is too expensive. But I have the Contax T that I consider better than the Contax T2.
How to say ? I miss “Single Shot Stories No. 011 – Matthew Morse, This is Normal”
By the way an excellent photographer: Contax photographers must be good to choose the best gear! 😉