Grandpa’s camera

This Kowa camera used to belong to my Japanese granpa in Osaka. He died when I was 19 and I inherited it.

He was a keen amateur photographer, loved taking photos in camera clubs and used to show off the images of beautiful models posing.

He was also a keen English learner who would translate his favoruite ABBA records into Japanese and wrote to his Hawaian pen-pals in English. Now he must be enjoying his second life living inside me, speaking English every day and being a photographer in England.

Without his influence, I would not be what I am now.

Mayumi Hirata
Photographer