I think this blog is swiftly going to become a scything assailing of Jessops. In the latest instalment of their all-ecompassing ineptitude they have lost one of my 620 spools, returned film a fortnight later than they promised and …they smell.
So, my last film was a bit disappointing and on top of that, being brutally violated by Jessops’ rude thrust of ridiculousness hasn’t really motivated me to shoot, post, or blog.
However! In the hope that you’ve suffered my diatribe this long and are still here, there is good news. When a few films did return and I got to scanning, I was quickly rewarded with a few gems.
Of which, I feel this photo (above) is. An absolute gem. It’s sort of an anthology of my achievements in photography thus far. Allow me a list if you will, to get this photo, I have indulged myself in some of my favourite things:
Borrowing Stealing a camera from a family member - this photo was taken with my wife’s-uncle’s Kodak Six-20 Junior Box Brownie, which I made an 89 year old woman rummage through her house to find.
- Mending - I love to mend, and upon acquiring the family Six-20 I very quickly bought another one to pull apart, learn and cannibalise from, meaning I could return the family Six-20 to a fine form.
- Improvising - to use the Six-20 I need 620 film! Well, the easy thing to do here is to wind your own from 120 film, fun, fun, fun.
- Planning - I knew I’d probably have light leaks, so I shoot with this camera covered in tape, and it works.
- Papping - that’s right, the courage is building and I’m getting brasher in taking photos of people.
You’ll notice points 6 & 7 are very brief. Deliberately! Shooting with the Six-20 means pointing it vaguely in the direction you think a photo exists, squinting into an awful view-screen and flicking a lever. There is nothing else you can do, no aperture, no shutter speed, no lens changing, no hood, filters…self timer.
And I got rewarded. I love it. I’m a very happy wee chappy!