There’s life in them there old boxes!

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!

Kodak Brownie 620

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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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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