My new addition to my vintage camera collection, this is the Kodak Jiffy Six 20 Series II folding camera from the Eastman Kodak Co. made in 1937 to 1948. She’s super pretty, although the first series of the Jiffy had a really cool art deco pattern on the front but I just love her. Old school metal and leatherette cameras are just impossible to say no to and I got her and the original case for $25 which to me is impossible to say no to. She’s the third folding camera I have now in my collection and uses 620 film which is easy to convert from 120 film so I should be out and shooting with her by next weekend. The prints are 6x9cm which is a monster. I really want to do some landscapes which is hard when I live in a city but I think that’d be the best use of that large print just panoramic style shoots. I have been really dry with showing you guy’s vintage photography for the last few months. I’ve just been obsessed with my Polaroid Colorpack this summer and fall and still haven’t bought any new chemicals for developing black and white film. Winter I feel is a perfect time to break out the vintage camera and just head off into the snow to find an adventure…and with a camera named Jiffy you’re likely to find one.
Today’s Vintage Tuesday is Polaroid shots taken in November from a walk to Parc La Fontaine and in our back balcony. I love the first shot of the man-made lake, it’s so calm and the smearing of the ink on the side make it almost looks like a water color. I haven’t shot any film with my Colorpack in almost a month now, I’ve been trying to get my other land camera polaroid to work instead so I’ve been holding onto my film. I am actually going to do a How To for my land camera because I need to convert it from a speciality battery to AAs. However ever place I ask about buying a converter to install I just get blank faces but I haven’t resorted to buying it online yet so it’ll take some time to track it down locally. I did watch a few videos last week about making double exposures with Polaroid film. I am very curious to test it out so maybe I’ll load my Colorpack up again soon and see if I can. It’s freezing here so not the best time of the year for taking instant photos. Let me know if you’ve tried taking double exposures with Polaroid cameras and if you had any luck!
I spent a few hours yesterday enjoying myself in Parc Lafontaine with several of my cameras in tow including the Kodak Dualflex to capture some autumn leaves before they were all gone. I had been bugging Victor all weekend that we really ought to go to Mont Royal or Lafontaine but the weather was against us, yesterday though I was determined to go so I started out from my house late afternoon. I gave myself an hour to spend at the Parc by myself before meeting Victor at the metro for another walk so I could take photos. In my camera bag I had my Polaroid Colorpack, Nikon D7000, Holga and a last minute addition on a whim my Kodak Dualflex. Best of all I had one of my favourite artist K’Naan playing on my ipod.
I was freezing in my sweater but I had so much fun walking around the lake taken photos of the trees in bloom. Most of the shots I captured were using the Kodak Dualflex as a “through the viewfinder” apparatus. I really need to load up my Kodak with actual film soon but it’s so fun doing through the viewfinder photography. I’ve included some fun shots of me where you can actually see the whole Kodak Dualflex but for the rest I’ve cropped them in square format.
After I meet up with Victor we walked around again and took silly photos of each other throwing leaves that I am making in gifs and will probably be up next week. I also took a few Polaroid shots that didn’t turn out as vivid as I had hoped with the autumn colors around us, I think the combination of cold weather and the sun going down really wasn’t ideal. Look out for those photos in the next few weeks in the meantime my viewfinder shots of the last few days of Fall.
I thought we needed more Ising Pucky I photos for Vintage Tuesday. These were shot in Vancouver this summer at the school yard between where I use to live and my best friends house. We’ve spent many a sober and drunk evenings and dawn in this school yard collection ourselves and sorting through parts of our 20’s. It feels surreal anytime I am there in the daylight. This is part of a long running project I have using mask of people’s faces to convey the need to unmask ourselves to each other.
The lyrics btw that were used in this post are from this amazing song, I am addicted too.
The last set of Polaroids from my amazing trip to Vancouver. These were taken on my second to last day there when I met up with a few friends (and meet some new friends too) to have a piknic at Trout Lake. Trout Lake is such a lovely park right in the middle of Vancouver – I highly suggest going there if you are ever in Vancouver it’s just very relaxing. It was a great time, we had an assortment of snacks thanks to my friend Pang and everyone seemed to have just randomly brought with them goodies for everyone to enjoy. I got to hang out with my brother for the second time that trip. He lives in Calgary and was travelling for the summer and decided to come to Vancouver to see me which was so amazing of him because we don’t see each other enough. We all just sat on the grass and watched all the dogs go by and enjoy each other company and chatted. It really made me miss Vancouver….honestly in that moment I realized how much I missed being around people I love. I tend to forgot how nice it is to be lost in conversation with people… My Polaroid Colorpack wasn’t agree with me much that day and ate a few shots but I love the ones I managed to get and wished I had brought more film. Enjoy!
Ana was so nice to take a photo with me and my cute friend Pang-Pang (who is so adorable).
I wish my trip to Vancouver was longer!
I wanted to start a series with Self Portrait Sunday documenting me as a photographer as currently I have very few photos of me with my cameras which to me is so odd because I carry them around with me everywhere. It feels like there is a large part of me going undocumented so I thought the best way was to once a month or so to document myself with one of my many camera. I thought it’d be great to capture me with my cameras and do little mini-shoots with them as the subject and dress in an outfit I thought suited the camera’s style. I’m usually one of those people who scorns at shots of people with their vintage camera or toy camera because they always seem to be a prop (which I find it frustrating as a photographer because even though I understand their beautify it seems sacrilegious to deprive them their actual function as that is what intrigues and delights me about cameras and it’s what they can do not how I look with them in my hands that I love). Yet at the same time the desire to share a camera from my collection with you that I have experimented with and invested in to use at capturing moments of my life seemed worth it as I feel like I try to use them as an extension of myself. So without further ado I present the first in the series: Metro-Flex and Me.
Self-Portrait Sunday: Metro-Flex and Me
Metro-Flex is a half frame pseudo reflex camera made in the 1940’s that uses 127 roll film. I picked mine up over Etsy because I loved the art deco Bakelite metal exterior that has an almost a quilted pattern to it. Mine doesn’t have the usual string strap to make it wearable around the neck which would have been helpful because to take photos and properly view the viewfinder you have to hold it around waist level. It’s in great condition and I love how satisfying the sound of the metal shutter is when you press it down. For the shoot I thought my black jacket with coat tails and the crazy pattern of my tights would work great with the cameras art deco appearance. It was hard to find something perfect to wear with the camera because it’s hard to imagine who exactly would use a camera like the Metro-Flex (there isn’t a lot of information available about this beauty). Below you can see me lining up a shoot and getting ready to press down the shutter…if you want to view photos I’ve taken with it check out my Vintage Tuesday post: here!
A sneak peak at some of the Ising Pucky 1 photos I from Vancouver. I’ve never used the Ising before on portrait shots and it appears the focus is just not ideal for portraits at all (lesson learned). There is two fixed focus distances for the camera and I used the lowest which I thought would be far enough for most portrait shots. I think I will try one more time with more range on the subject but I am happy just using this amazing camera for landscape if I have to. I think the next test to do with this camera is colored film. Despite the lack of focus on the subject’s faces I still cannot help but love these shots.
Thanks so much to my models: Lisa Michelle, Ana Droid and Jessica!
I just had to feature more of my Polaroid Colorpack instant shots from Vancouver today even though I did last week too (I spend a lot of time organizing and making sure I don’t repeat camera too much but I couldn’t resist). Seeing my best friend Ana was magical and it was so nice of her parents to let me stay at their place while I was in town. These were taken on my last day just hours before jumping on a plane. The one thing I love about the Colorpack is how simple it is to shoot with, although Ana and her mom were both terrified to take photos with it so what I did was setup the shots and frame it and then have either Ana (for photos of me) or her mom (photos of me and Ana together) click the button. It’s really becoming one of my favourite vintage cameras.
I am getting better at controlling the distance and judging for myself instead of relying on the metering tool on the camera. I feel like I am really improving, although I still tend to mess up at least 2 shots out of a roll of 10 which frustrates me but this guy tends to jams or I don’t double check settings. I cannot wait to pick up a modern Fuji instax camera and be able to have it on a tripod and with timer, it’ll make group photos so much easier. I love spending time with Ana and miss her already so much. I want her to visit Montreal so badly, it would be incredible. These photos just put a smile on my face.
This beautiful guy is a Kodak Autographic Junior No 1A, made in 1914 by the Eastman Kodak Company in either New York or Toronto. Its a folding camera meaning that it has bowels that expand, and the autographic part of the name is because there is a place on the back of the camera that will open allowing you to use a stylus to write directly on the film. This fantastic camera I got off of Etsy has the stylus still and after purchasing it I was able to find the leather case for it as well. I am so charmed by this camera and it appears to be in working condition, which means hopefully I can convert film for it soon. It takes 116 film which is not made any more but I’ve been playing around with re-spooling 120 film for quiet a few other cameras and its very easy when you have the right spools. I wish to pick up another Autographic camera soon just for display, one I don’t mind getting a tad dusty on the bowels as its really just absolutely beautiful.I bought the leather case for it afterwards from a different shop, it has black velvet on the inside and this metal clasp that is engraved with company logo. It’s such a wonderful camera!
These giant prints were taken with the Kodak Brownie Target Six-20 which is considered a type of box camera and has been kicking around my house for a little less than a year. I picked this guy up at an antique store in Quebec City while on vacation with Victor last summer. He actually bought it for me as a present and I am so happy to have it. It takes 620 film which means I had to convert 120 film to be able to use the camera. I followed a few different tutorials on how to make 120 film become as small as 620. It didn’t look that difficult but I found half way through my roll that my film got stuck and I had to start using pliers to move the frames…and then at some point the pliers stopped working and I had to open up the camera and expose half the roll and manually roll it up to save the film that was already exposed because the film advance would not work. So I learned my lesson to just re-roll 120 film onto a 620 spool and leave the converting behind me. lol (at least converting 120 rolls with nail clippers to be the size of 620 that is). All the shots I got are from a trip to Jacques Cartier Bridge which you may see a lot of this summer as we’ve went a few times already and it’s a really fun walk from our house. I hope to pick up another type of box camera soon as they are lovely and now that I know this guy is in working condition I’ll happy take him out again and this time get a few more shots then this!