Not only are cheap, old film cameras enjoying a renaissance in the art world, now that digital is king, but the artsy retro photographers are coming up with more gimmicks to make photos more interesting. One style that has become popular on Flickr is an effect called "Through The Viewfinder" (ttv). This is where you take a digital photo "through the viewfinder" of an old film camera, usually a twin lens reflex like a Kodak Duaflex. Dust, dirt and scratches add to the vintage or artsy look. As an alternative to shooting first generation through a camera you can also create a fake (faux) ttv image in Photoshop. By layering a textured image of a blank viewfinder photo onto another image you can create the same effect. There are groups on Flickr where people share textured layers. I thought I'd give it a try out of curiosity. I used a ttv texture, courtesy of David Cory , combined it with a photo I shot of a B-25 bomber and added my own tweaks in Photoshop to create a vintage World War II look.
Won this vintage Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 on eBay last week for $9.99!. These were made from 1946-1955. It came complete with the original flash holder all in excellent condition. Here it's shown with and without flash (Wabash Press 40 flashbulb). When I opened the battery cylinders out popped two vintage Eveready batteries....c. 1960's. Amazed that they hadn't leaked or even corroded in 40+ years! Back when quality products were made in the USA and guaranteed not to leak.
A little fun with Photoshop. Hard to believe Kodachrome is gone forever. I'm old enough to have slides that go back to 1970 so I scanned one to go with a shot of my '68 Nikon F. These were Kodak's mount style from '65-'72.
A small slice from the vinyl collection. Wish I had kept them mint. Whatever happened to Gino Vannelli ?
"I went down to the Chelsea drugstore...To get your prescription filled.
I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy,"....... The Rolling Stones
Archive shot of the famous Chelsea Drugstore on King's Road, Borough of Chelsea, London, which I took in 1974. Besides being immortalized by Mick Jagger, Stanley Kubrick filmed a scene from "A Clockwork Orange" there....but times change....it's now a McDonalds.
"Get your motor runnin'...head out on the highway...lookin' for adventure...and whatever comes our way".....Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf
...looking back in my archive to the first roll of black and white film that I developed myself 40 years ago in 1970 when I was an amateur. Shot with my first 35mm camera, a Mamiya-Sekor 500DTL. I was taking pics in Lincoln Park, San Francisco when a black limousine pulled up and out jumped an entourage of hippies and a couple of photographers. They started shooting photos so I began shooting photos of them shooting photos. Turned out the band of hippies was the rock band Steppenwolf doing a publicity photo shoot. We had an exchange where I convinced John Kay that I was an amateur and was not going to sell the photos. With a title and sepia tone courtesy of Photoshop my 40 year old amateur snapshot becomes a bit of rock history.
© Joseph Greco