My Grandpa passed away two weeks ago. I used to love photographing him along with his workshop. Now that he’s gone, we’ve begun the process of going through his home. I decided before we started, that I wanted to photograph his workshop one last time as it was the last time he used it.
Sunday, my friend and I went to Joshua Tree National Park to photograph the Lunar Eclipse. Continuing with my current trend in exploring new avenues of photography, rather than take my big telephoto lenses and digital camera for close up lunar photos, I decided to take only my 4×5 rail camera for the night.
This past week I’ve been running full speed at film and alternative photography. Its hard to keep track of everything!
I purchased an 1800’s tailboard camera at a camera show. The camera and bellows are in good shape. Next steps will be finding a lens for it, and making a rear plate holder so I can eventually use it!
As I’ve been designing this site, I’ve been researching many different types of analog photography.
I started learning about photography almost a decade before the first consumer digital cameras became available. I worked my way up from 35mm to medium format, and eventually on to large format cameras. Using a view camera was always one of my favorite things, but other than a Speed Graphic I had for a few months, I’d never really owned and used one consistently.
I received a project camera from a friend of mine that I’m really excited to get working again. The camera is a Glossick camera. There’s next to no information on the interwebs about it but essentially, this is the concept:
The camera is a manufactured version of a hand made camera from Afghanistan called a kamra-e-faoree, and Cuba, called a Cuban Polaroid. What’s interesting about these cameras is the photos are exposed, not onto film, but directly onto a sheet of black and white photographic paper. Instead of taking it to be processed somewhere, ie back to your darkroom, the camera functions as both. Once exposing the sheet of paper, it is the processed in traditional chemicals that are also in the camera. You slide your hand into the camera through a light tight kind of bag and then dunk the paper into two chemistries. Once the development process is stopped, you can safely take the paper out and wash and dry it outside of the camera.