Monthly Archives: June 2013

8
Jun

Late Afternoon

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“Late Afternoon”

Lubitel 166 / Kodak

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
― Dr. Seuss

3
Jun

Four in a Row

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“Four in a Row”

Kodak Coloursnap 35 (1959) / TMAX 100 Profilm (5y expired)

“What strange creatures brothers are!”
― Jane Austen

2
Jun

The Fells

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“The Fells”

Lubitel 166 / Kodak film

I forget which camera took this roll, my best guess is the Lomo. It’s medium format and 6×6, so it’s that or a Yashica. Just now I am using another Kodak, this time a Retinette 1B, made in 1959, the same year as the Coloursnap I used last week. The Retinette has a much higher quality feel, and a Rodenstock Reomar 45mm f/2.8 lens in a Prontor 500-LK shutter, with speeds from 1/15 to 1/500th, so already it is considerably more promising than the ‘snap. If it takes pictures half so well, I will be happy.

Everything about vintage cameras is an exercise in uncertainty and patience. That is good for the soul at least. Last year I read The Left Hand of Darkness for a second time (I first read it in my teens). This stayed with me:

“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

1
Jun

Uphill

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“Uphill”

Superheadz / Kodak film

Nothin’ wounded goes uphill, he said. It just don’t happen.”
― Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

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