I attended a fabulous Midsommar Party last night, with dancing, liquor, a Maypole and lovely folks. I snapped this dramatic shot of one of the hosts with my trusty Brownie Box 2 from 1907.
Monthly Archives: June 2015
A good friend of mine is a avid collector of pulp fiction and magazines, as well as being a fairly well-known amateur radio show historian. He is also a medical doctor, adding a bit of credence to his online handle, “Doc Mystery.” In May, I joined him in attending the annual Toronto Fantastic Pulp Show. It takes places in the basement of the Lillian H. Smith library, which not coincidentally houses the 72,000 pieces of the Judith Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy. Though the vendors (and patrons) are aging, each year the show provides a glimpse of our strange subculture’s early days.
Here I’ve caught “Doc” as he strolls down to the show. I was shooting with a Pentax ME Super loaded with expired 800 ISO colour film. Converting to monochrome made for a much more striking image.
I have acquired a portrait adapter for my 107-year-old Kodak Brownie Box camera. It offers a very shallow depth of field, about 100 to 110 centimeters. This means everything else is transformed into a gauzy fairy land – as with this photo of a friend’s daughter blowing bubbles on a bright, sunny day.