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Pouches Featuring Images Taken With a Diana Mini

Japanese fashion brand ear PAPILLONNER has made the pouches featuring the images LomoAmigos Takeshi Suga took using his Diana Mini. These lovely pouches will hit the shops in late April for a limited period. Takeshi spoke to us about how he got to shoot the images.

Japanese fashion brand ear PAPILLONNER has made the pouches featuring the images LomoAmigos Takeshi Suga took using his Diana Mini. These lovely pouches will hit the shops in late April for a limited period. It is priced at 3,990 JPY (limited to 60 per item). We recommend you check out your nearest shop.

ear PAPILLONNER official website
Takeshi Suga LomoAmigos interview
Takeshi Suga website
Takeshi Suga Facebook page

Takeshi spoke to us about the images used on the pouches and how he got to shoot them.

Paris, Flowers / © Takeshi Suga

Last summer, I ended up wandering around in Paris just for a few hours on my way to the UK. I couldn’t catch my connecting flight to the UK at Charles de Gaulle due to a worldwide system failure of an airline I was flying with. They let me stay overnight in a hotel near the airport. The following morning, I decided to go to the city centre as I had plenty of time before my rescheduled flight.

I got off the train at La Gare du Nord. I didn’t have a map nor a guidebook. So I followed my instincts. As I walked on, the sceneries I wanted to photograph appearing one after another, but alas, my cameras were in my check-in luggage. If you don’t have a camera, the beautiful things in front of you seems so out of reach, don’t they? But fortunately, much to my delight, I bumped into Lomography Gallery Store in Franz Liszt!

I bought a white Diana Mini without hesitation (I already had a Diana Mini in my check-in luggage but it didn’t matter!). I inserted the film and got outside. And once I got outside with the camera, I could start synchronizing myself with the euphoric vibe in summertime Paris and the sense of freedom that was hanging in the air.

The image I took at Eglise de la Madeleine, entitled “Paris, Flowers” was the one I could capture the above mentioned vibe and freedom. I was fascinated with the exterior of the church and the flowers in the flowerbed. So, I had no choice but to photograph them on the same strip. I think there are a few tips as to successfully take double exposure shots. One of them is to simply overlap the two subjects that catch your eye!

Summerpalette / © Takeshi Suga

I went on wandering around and got to a traveling theme park in Jardin des Tuileries near Musee du Louvre. Because the theme park only exists during summer, I felt like there was more cheerfulness and sentiment there than a normal theme park. The music being played there staggered a strong sense of nostalgia and suddenly ‘that summer feeling’ I used to feel when I was a child took me over. “That Summer Swing” was taken when I was in that particular frame of mind.

That Summer Swing © Takeshi Suga

So, thanks to a few small miracles, I could take these two wonderful images. And I’m so happy that the three images including these two I just mentioned (the other one was taken in Soho, London) have turned into the pouches by ear PAPILLONNER. I’ve been using the Diana Mini for three years and experienced many of so-called Diana magic. I can’t wait to experience the next one!

If you’re interested in Takeshi’s Diana Mini work, check out this interview!

written by kyonn and translated by sugarcrisp

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