A while ago, I began this notebook series of “explosion view”—dismantling diagrams of the mechanical structure. The first “explosion” is themed on my favorite film camera “Rollei 35S.”
Rollei 35 series was first launched in 1966 as the world’s smallest 35mm camera. Mine has the abbreviation S to both indicate its Sonnar lens and its manufacture in Singapore. This camera is always my go to camera because it is compact enough to fit in my coat pocket or handbag. On top of its tiny size, its mechanics are intricate and built quality is durable; plus the quality and versatility of its lens, no wonder many people rate it a staple.
For such a small camera, the disassembly is even more fascinating. I referred to it’s maintenance manual and silhouetted parts into simple lines with Procreate. I then printed them on the inner page of the notebook; each page has different parts, and there is also a spread of overview to add playfulness to the notebook.
For the book cover, I managed to use “paper-in-laid” to make geometric camera shapes. Although the inlay process is time-consuming, it will be very fulfilling to see the flat cover from the side. After finishing the book case, I sew the inner pages directly to the book spine, thus completing this “explosive notebook”!