January 13 was an auspicious day, as it was the date the repair job on my Fujifilm XE2 was due to be completed. The camera had got fried in the trunk of a black Mercedes, on the motorway out of Bangkok. The Fuji Service Centre in BKK reckoned the motherboard was gone. I was without body for 3 weeks, and my 5 lenses gathered humidity.
I went back to Fuji to got the camera, and then received a call from Chitra, asking me if I could go shoot a product job. Immediately! Jump on the train! I will text you the lady's name! She will pick you up at the train station!
Outside the station I groaned - she was driving a Mercedes, too. Thailand makes you superstitious after a while. I put such thoughts aside, and clutched my camera bag as I got in. Joy spoke very little English, but was friendly, I was in safe hands.
At her showroom, I appraised the situation quickly. Leather products, wallets, bags. I was without lights and tripod, so it would be available light. Her assistant went across the road and bought a large white piece of card as a bounce board. I also decided the wooden table would make a good background.
As soon as I fired up the camera I realised it was still broken. The lcd screen and view finder were flashing on and off, and going white intermittently. I thought, "what the hell, I can cope, I used to shoot 'blind' with film."
It was tricky, but I got through it, and Joy drove me back to the station. As we said our farewells she gave me an envelope of cash. It was generous, but we are talking Thai Baht.
PS. I left that damn Fujifilm XE2 in Bangkok. Loved it, but it is not working. Looking at the Fujifilm X Pro 2 now..