7.07.2015

A shot from antiquity. A disquieting feeling that your best days as a photographer were your last days as an amateur....


How simple were the tools? A Yashica Mat 124G. A small flash in an umbrella. A piece of string to measure the flash to subject distance. Pretested. Panatomic X film. ASA 32.

9 comments:

Malcolm said...

Gosh, maybe they were ��. I really like this. I can read this photo in many different ways, hence its fascination

Roger Jones said...

Greetings Kirk

Yes, they were becaused we cared. We in it for the photography not the money. I miss those days, 40 years later I think my work was better back then because I didn't compromise, I didn't care about money I cared about the image, the meaning, the image to tell the story. 40 years on now I'm trying to go back, what a bitch. I have the resouces now, but ?, I truly miss those days, they were shining times.

My Best
Roger
Elite Photography

James Weekes said...

Never put a picture of your beloved and any form of the word antique in the same post;~}

Pat said...

In my opinion, one had to try harder with film. Translated: You didn't get as many chances so you put more thought into composition. Which is why I love shooting film. I have a ball with my mint 124G.

Mike Rosiak said...

Kirk,
My take: Whatever "it" is, you had it then, and you still do.

Maybe nostalgia has set in?

Kirk Tuck said...

Naw. Just listless boredom with my current work...

Dan Jansenson said...

That's a beautiful photo, and not the least because of the technical quality itself. I remember well the thin negatives I'd get with Panatomic X (compared with Tri-X, I mean...different beasts of course).

Anonymous said...

Great photo.

Do you still tap up friends for portrait sessions?
(been a while since you posted informal portraits)

Mark

Nigli said...

Kirk, I've hesitated to ask this for a long time, but which books can I read to teach me how to use a Yashica (or Pentax 6x7) with a flash as described? Would any of yours help? I need nuts and bolts help (i.e. which cables to use, suggestions on lights to buy) as well as stuff regarding exposure. Any assistance rendered would be great.