I'm lucky enough that my passion for photography came from my family. We have more than a handful of fine photography enthusiasts in our mix. But the biggest influence surely was this...
I grew up with these, sitting right here, for as long as I can remember.
My father's passion for photography was always present in our home. The evening slide shows. The photos displayed in our home. I remember him practicing different techniques. A natural born teacher, he's currently a darkroom technician at the local community college, where he gets to pass on what he knows and dabble in the darkroom till his heart is content. And even this weekend, in my home town, I got to see his work hung downtown for everybody else to see. A little bio about him and his photography and everything. It's not the first time his work has been hung in a gallery.
This is my father's work horse... among many. I think it's the most sexy camera that ever existed! Happy Valentine's Day folks! This does it for me! Total geekdom.
This is the camera he took to China when we went to get Mimi.
But maybe that's too new for you. Here's a 1910's "bicycle camera." Small enough to easily tote around on one's bicycle.
Cherry wood base with brass hardware. It was just used a few weeks ago.
How 'bout this little "toy" camera from 1938. Universal Camera Corp. sold it for 39 cents. It held 6 exposures, and it is pre-plastic, made of Bakelite. I grew up in a home where Bakelite was part of everyone's working vocabulary.
Then he brought out this beauty!
She's a 1915 No. 3 Brownie, Model A by Kodak Eastman complete with a focal plane shutter. (The shutter slides across the opening one piece, rather than a leaf shutter than we know of today.
I think this one is pretty stinkin' sexy too. Think 1950's paparazzi chasing down Marilyn Monroe.
She's a Century Graphic by Graphlex from 1945. I'm pretty sure that bulb will blind you in an instant.
And then he brought out this wee little box.
He had a camera like this one when he was about 10 years old. My grandfather, the aforementioned cowboy and a WWII vet, likely didn't think very highly of it because of where it was made.
It cost about $1, which in the 50's was the cost of lunch at McDonalds. It takes 16mm film. And I was equally impressed the instructions were also in the box, printed in tissue paper.
This itty bitty thing is from the 50's.
Anyone out there have a Zeiss? Back in the days when they made cameras and not just lenses.
I was impressed by the amount of settings. Gotta luv the the Germans for the amazing incorporation of all things technological. Thank you Germany!
I don't know a lot about them and am just passing on what he was passing on to me. If you have any questions, I'll ask him.
See... I told you I was a geek.
Which one is your favorite?