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a film year

Just 4-days out till my departure from the heat and into the depths of grey-snow. Here is my current travel rig sans any digital cameras for the time being, making 2013 as much a film effort as I can. Please feel free to follow me on instagram (@lukesatorujewelry), or twitter (lukesatoru).

Posting on the blog maybe a little delayed due to travel and still back-logged on scanning negs. Oh, and a belated Happy Chinese New Year to all.

luke satoru: in my bag

Filson Field Bag (medium)
Muji notebook
Officine 904 leather wallet
Namiki ‘falcon’ fountain pen
Fujifilm case
Kodak TriX 400
Ilford Delta 400
Ilford FP4 125
Fujifilm Superia 400
Sekonic 308s
Manfrotto mini-tripod
Leica MP 0.58 w/ Elmarit 28/2.8 asph
Leica M4 (1968) w/ Summarit 50/1.5
Voigtlander Vito ii


In a state of limbo at the moment with the collection already designed and things getting photographed and prepped for this month in NY. I’m eager to leave the heat for some cold weather and brown-snow. This part of the jewelry design/production process is a bit of a lull for me since the creative portion has passed. Looking for more life experiences to kick me in the butt.

In the meantime, I’ve offloaded a great deal of camera stuffs in trade for something sublime and simple. Far beyond anything I would need, the Leica MP 0.58 is something I want. In no way will this make me a better photographer but it certainly has inspired me to shoot more. I design and produce what I believe to be beautiful objects and so I search for like items. For a 35mm film camera, this will most likely be the last I purchase.

Bringing with me on my travels this coming month:

Leica MP (o.58) w/ Elmarit 28/2.8 asph
Leica M4 w/ Summarit 50/1.5
Voigtlander Vito ii

MP 0.58
Voigtlander Vito ii

quiet up north

Editing the video of my visit to Nong Khai is taking much longer than I had initially planned. Granted, the video will be under 4 minutes long but it’s just a matter of making time. I took very few film shots during my stay but here are a few that I like. It’s quite scenic there and I hope to return with greater focus on taking stills.

*At the time of taking these photos, there truly was no one around but trust me when I say there’s typically a lot going on. It’s not a quite place with near 150 kids around. These photos were taken the weekend prior to Christmas, December 19-21, 2012.


Leica M4
Elmarit 28/2.8
TriX 400


This past month got some work done from visiting artist, Simon Erl. I liked what the orange filter did for the skin-tones from my recent trip to HK but you lose a few stops. At 2.8, you haven’t much to spare on asa 1600. A bit dark.

knee 'hater + hated'
*those are not my knees

(clockwise from upper left) Phil America, shop vendor, Simon Erl, Nicholas Mudskipper

Leica M4
Elmarit 28mm 2.8f asph (w/ orange filter)
TriX 400