I was just on way home when I saw an Asian girl (not sure if she's Chinese, Korean or Japanese) digging for stuff from the bags people left on the floor. I stood for a minute and observed what she did. She was measuring a jacket from shoulder to shoulder and then dump it in a box. Five minutes later, she took the box and left.
For god's sake those stuff are meant to be given to people who are less fortunate. I assume that she's not really that poor because there's hardly any desperately poor Asian here in Tasmania. This is not Melbourne or Sydney where Asians go there to make money. Most Asians in Tasmania are either (1) tourists, (2) retirees, or (3) students. I believe she falls under the student category because she looks quite young. If my assumption is true, she's not only not desperately poor, but she can be consider as relatively rich. There's no poor international student as far as I know.
When she's taking those clothes from the donation bin, I wonder did it ever cross her mind that someone else might need those clothes more? Those people who donated their stuff intended it to be given to people who are less fortunate. Who knows the jacket she took could have keep an old lady from the cold wind? Now the old lady lost the chance to keep that jacket, she might fall sick and need more money for treatment despite already being poor.
Talking about poor, I have about AUD 12 in my bank currently and zero money in my pocket. At times like this I feel tempted to take the books from the donation bins and sell it to the second hand bookstore. I can easily earn at least AUD 50 in a day with zero cost. But my conscience hold me back. Although one may argue that those stuff don't belong to anyone. There's no possession, so there's nothing wrong with it. Although it's legally right, but it's still morally wrong to me.
P/S: I just added a new label "social critics".
Just now I was chatting with Shikin and Najib. All three of us kaki photography. We're talking about cameras and I suddenly thought of those cameras I wanted so much - Leica M7, Canon 5D, Lomo Action Sampler, Lomo Super Sampler, Lomo Diana Mini, and Lomo Holga 35mm.
I still remember when I decided to buy my Canon S5, everyone opposed the idea. They said it's not worth the value because I can top up a few more bucks and get an SLR instead. I insisted on getting it because I can always use my dad's SLR. Besides SLR is super huge and I don't want to hurt my shoulder. I just want something I can use everyday but a normal compact camera is too lousy for me (maybe I'm just too demanding).
My dad decided to give me RM 1,000 for the camera. I had to earn another RM 1,000 to get it. It took me two months to save up RM 1,000. When I finally got it, I felt I just descended from heaven.
I bought it from the Canon shop in The Curve in the morning. Went home, shower and went out to test my camera. Here are the shots:
For normal camera, the frame of leafs will look black because of the shadow. But my camera gave me the just-nice effect.
Manual focus & 12x optical zoom
Manual focus & 12x optical zoom
I was standing at the entrance to KLCC in the park. This bird was about 50 metres away from me. I'm amazed it still looks clear.
I forgot what effect I was trying on. Anyway, that's Pavilion.
I put on high ISO to get the noisy effect. In this case, 1600.
Shutter speed - Low
Nice kan? Got that dramatic effect.
Another night mode
0mm super micro
The amazing thing about this camera is the 0mm lens. I put this paper on my lens itself and the photo still look so sharp.
Black & white. Erm.... duh!
Super boring auto shot
That's my dinner. Took with auto mode. In case you're curious, yes... I ate it all myself. Used to have huge appetite
Those are the reason why I love my camera so much. I can adjust the shutter speed and apeture which normal compact camera can't. The video recording can multitask to take photo at the same time, so you don't have to switch your function. Awesome or what? There are more stuff I can do with it. By the way, this is not advertorial. Anyway that camera is no longer in production. Kekekekekeke.....
P/S: I just Googled where to buy Lomo camera in Tasmania. Apparently there's none. What a third world country.