A Still Life of Nostalgic Anticipation
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I recently decided to revisit my photographic "roots" with the wonderful little camera
that got this pursuit started in childhood -- the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye box camera.
The "prime objective" was to see what I might be able to do in serious photography,
while working within the limitations of 1950s "point-and-shoot" technology.
I decided to document the adventure with some broadcast features, as well as a slide
show to represent what â€œpoint-and-shootâ€ was all about when the Brownie Hawkeye
was mid-20th century Americaâ€™s favorite snapshot camera. So, before the Brownie took
its first picture, I wanted to capture it surrounded by some of the rolls of film I look forward to
shooting with it, including some "old-look" black and white films by ADOX and Rollei.
The camera in the photo is my â€œnewâ€ Brownie Hawkeye, modified with tripod socket
and cable release receptacle by Randy Smith at hawkeyemods.com.
If youâ€™re wondering about the â€œfrostyâ€ surroundâ€¦
An â€œescapeâ€ from a beastly summer of unremitting heat and humidity, but itâ€™s also an evocation
of my personal history with the Brownie Hawkeye. My original Brownie was a birthday gift from
my parents. My birthday is in December, and I still remember bracing the camera on a window
sill and taking time exposures of automobile â€œlight-trailsâ€ during an evening snowstorm.
This image is available in archival gallery prints and as a custom printed Photo Note Card.
If you'd like to read (and hear) more about my "new" Brownie Hawkeye, please visit www (dot) hawkeyemods (dot) com
Â©2012 Steve Ember
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