Come one, come all. Lomography has partners all over the world to help serve your analogue needs. If you're from Hong Kong then it's your lucky day! We're featuring our Sai Wan-based stockist Richin of YatGyun in today's installment of Lomography Partners.
Can you introduce yourself to the Lomography community?
We are a film photography community-based shop in Sai Wan, Hong Kong. We develop films, sell film cameras, and sometimes organize workshops.
What does analogue mean to you?
It is a raw experience of photography—from loading films to developing them. There's a sense of connection with each of the 36 exposure.
What does Lomography mean to you?
Don't think just shoot!
Why do you choose to work with Lomography?
A good relationship with the team in Hong Kong and there's a variety of film stocks available.
What is your favorite Lomography product and why?
The Lomo Color Negative 800 https://shop.lomography.com/en/films/lomography-film/lomography-color-negative-800-iso-35mm-3-pack — a perfect all-around film stock for all conditions.
Are you doing any creative projects right now in the store or personally? Please tell us more about them.
We're considering relaunching photowalk, photo sharing, and maybe a Black and White development workshop in the future.
What does the future of analogue photography look like to you? How will this impact your store in the next ten years?
The future is such a mystery. I believe analogue photography would live on, but then we need to find a more sustainable way to carry on analogue photography, recycling or upcycling the by-products of film development, such as the used film canister and the plastic container.
What hardship did your shop/lab have to face during the lockdowns and what kept you going through these hard times?
Actually, lockdown didn't affect us too much (because we started our business in the middle of the pandemic). We wear masks and keep going out shooting films! But the closure of the nearby IG Pier in March really caught us by surprise because it was such a photogenic place for shooting.
What's the most annoying thing about running an analogue lab?
The process of cutting films into bags.
What's your favorite memory from the lab so far?
Developing memories for customers and enjoy chatting with customers.
What's the weirdest thing you have received when developing films?
A phone call from an impatient customer asking why he hasn't received his scans yet. He dropped off his film like literally ten minutes ago.
What would you do if you didn’t run a photo lab?
I would study harder for my bachelor's degree, because I was still an undergrad student when YatGyun started.
Official Name: YatGyun
Began Accepting Film for Developing: 2020
Address: Sik On House, Shop 2A, 66 Hill Rd, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong
Services offered: 35 mm, 120, C-41, b&w, hand developed
Film lab staff: 3
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