Izumi's Diary Page 35     Wednesday 12 October 2011  
What was Old is Used Again

Hello, here is Izumi.

And it is an Izumi who is still a bit bedazzled in her head with what I can show you today.

It is something quite different as I went exploring along very different pathways and came upon a place of magic and wonder.

So first I will let you experience it with your eyes as I did and then I shall tell you about it.

Be ready!

Rusty Van I
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
Rusty Van II
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
The Paint Factory 341
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/320 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)

Now please first let me tell you of some things I learnt while I was still living in Japan.

When I was a younger girl as well as my uncle's wonderful books of photographs and photographers that I looked at I read also of travellers who explored the worlds of their times with all the uncertainties and unknowns of lands far over the seas and once they had discovered such places many times they began commerce with them and plying the oceans and seas on a more regular basis.

And one such land that became enchanted to me was called Serendip. Ships and their sailors from Europe who were trading with Eastern Lands sometimes were blown off their courses by winds or storms and unexpectedly arrived at this place which was a tropical island where they could rest themselves and repair their ships and stock up on provisions (and exotic cargoes) before setting off again for their homes.

They regarded themselves as very lucky if they were blown onto this land and not down hungry whirlpools or onto fierce rocks where they could become shipwrecked and not ever see their homes again. So the act of fortune that spared them this fate became known as serendipity. And over time the word came to be used for any unplanned or unforeseen event that might seem to be terrible as it began but turned out in the end to be the best thing that could have happened.

The Paint Factory 355
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/800 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
The Paint Factory 356
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/800 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
The Paint Factory 352
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/80 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)

In the books I was reading about this wonderful land it was called Ceylon but today we can call it Sri Lanka although to my ear Ceylon is a more magical name. In a same vein I like the old word for Japan - Jipangu. And David has reminded me that his favourite JPop group Pink Lady had a very successful song called Jipangu which called Japan 'Miracle Island'.

Here is the Romaji of how it ends:

Yura yura yura yura yasashii
Ai no hikari ni michita rakuen
Jipangu Jipangu shiawase wa
Jipangu Jipangu
Sono toki kokoro ni yomigaeru
Airand airand mirakuru airand.

And the English:

This paradise is bathed
In love’s soft, soft, gentle light
Jipangu, Jipangu, in that moment
Jipangu, Jipangu
Happiness will be revived in your heart
Islands, islands, miracle islands.

You can easily find it on the YouTube and the best version is where Mie and Kei are dressed in sparkly brown with naked tummies. I know I am getting away from Decisive Moments - which makes a change from them getting away from me (Izumi can now make English jokes!) - but I put this in to please David because he has been very kind and helpful to me in my passions. I must confess, though, that I think I prefer Momoe Yamaguchi to Pink Lady. Or it is perhaps as you say hors d'oeuvres for courses like sometimes I prefer to have the 14mm lens on my PEN and sometimes the 20mm lens and sometimes the 45mm lens. It is how you feel your preferences at that particular time.

So having a serendipity event is in a way similar to what a flâneuse does, but there is a difference because when I am en flân I am doing it deliberately but I don't think olden-times sailors got themselves lost or tossed upon stormy seas on purpose.

Cigarette Girl 364
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/320 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
Stay 357
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/80 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
The Paint Factory 361
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/320 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
The Paint Factory 342
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/160 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
The Paint Factory 350
Olympus E-PL1 w A24mm, 1/25 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 48mm (eqiv)

Such a magical place!

Here is more of it with happy photographs. I don't know if I can be adequate to it when I am talking to you with my words.

The Paint Factory 362
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/320 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
The Paint Factory 363
Olympus E-PL1 w A24mm, 1/320 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 48mm (eqiv)
The Paint Factory 365
Olympus E-PL1 w A50mm, 1/320 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 100mm (eqiv)
Respect 353
Olympus E-PL1 w A24mm, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 48mm (eqiv)

And there is something even more interesting I can tell you about these happy photographs but as I am planning to return to my Serendip I shall tell you when I show you the results of that voyage.

But if you are a real lens otaku perhaps you can work it out from the information under the photographs. I'm afraid I must keep you in suspenders until then, because even more exciting things are on their way to me and I shall use them when I go back, and in other places too.

As you can imagine it was a very special and welcome cup of tea that I had when I returned home with all those images still slide-showing in my head and also knowing that I had to sit down at the computer and process them and turn them into even more magical sights to share with you.

The most exciting thought of all though (and the most scariest), was putting this Diary page together so that I could share all their wonder and beauty with you and do proper justice to them.

I hope you have liked them.

Your happy and humbled friend,


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