Since discovering photography I finally decided to make my fifth trip to visit family in China with a bag full of film to fulfil my own all-analogue adventure.
Xiamen which is located in the Fujian Province in Southern China was my destination. My mother, sister and I met up with my uncle, who tirelessly volunteered to be our personal tour guide, driving us around the region. In a short few days, we crossed between Xiamen Island and the mainland several times in a whirlwind of discovery and nostalgia.
We bid goodbye to Xiamen and flew into the waiting arms of my mum’s parents in Beijing. My mum’s sister and her husband then accompanied us to the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall for an overnight stay. After the fairly mild weather of Fujian, this place was shockingly chilly.
Everything you see here was captured with my Hasselblad 500C/M and Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.8 on Fujifilm 400H (some rolls pushed one stop), metered by eye or with a Sekonic L-208 Twinmate lightmeter. I also brought along a Leica M4 with a Nikkor Sonnar 50mm f/2 & loaded with Fujifilm Industrial 400. You can see all of my photos, albeit with hasty edits, on my website
Massive props to the wonderful folks at Rewind Photo Lab in Sydney for their continually excellent service. Many thanks to the Australian and international film photography community for their ongoing support and inspiration. In particular Australian Film Photographers, Negative Feedback and SWG. Big thanks also to John for giving me this opportunity on AFPS, as well as my family and friends. And many thanks to you, the reader, for taking the time to read through all this!
About Daniel Cai
Hi! I’m Daniel Cai, a communication and media arts student at UTS currently, also working part-time at Blackbird VFX with the goal of becoming a VFX compositor. I got into photography about 4 years ago, after years of watching my dad frame and compose family photos. My foray into film photography followed about a year after my first camera. I don’t really know what genre my photography work falls into. It’s just whatever scene, object, or juxtaposition that calls to me in the moment.