Not long ago, we talked about those odd box cameras that can be seen at any vintage, junk, or goodwill store. You know the ones…the ones we all normally look at, tut-tut and walk past!
Well, sneer ye not, as they say in merry Olde Englande!
I don’t know if I mentioned it here, but I have my fair share of these old boxes; some arrive in job lots I buy now and then, some are given to me by well-meaning friends and strangers. In the main however, they are all delegated to odd corners of cardboard boxes, lying there quietly gathering dust.
But I do have one or two favourites among them, and it was with one of these I decided to give a run for it’s money sometime back in 1998. These photos you see here, were taken with a Kodak Brownie 620 box camera. The film I used was Kodak TMax 400 rollfilm in 120 size, freely available. The film was processed by yours-truly a home, using Rodinal developer, and the prints scanned.
I can see however a little of the “feeling” of the real prints has been lost after scanning….that’s the downfall of not being handle a print in the flesh….you tend to lose something just looking at a shot on a laptop or PC.
But, nevertheless, I was out to prove a point, to prove that those Kodak Brownies although as simple as you can get, are still capable of producing good shots. Proving yet again….it’s not the camera you use….it’s how, where (and with what film) you use it! Hope you like them.
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