17 January 2013

Aux Petits Oiseaux

Post title is French for "a sentiment of great joy," or, precisely what this new-to-me antique film camera brings my way. It caught my eye from its spot on a rickety table where it sat at an outdoor flea market in Sofia. And--surprise!--it works. Through a bit of googling, I've traced it to originating in Poland in the early 1960's.

In a way, I feel like my photographic artistry and development has evolved in such a random manner. It's still hard for me to call myself a photographer with a capital P. I try not to get caught up in the comparison game too often, but it's easy to spiral into episodes of self doubt, which usually end up spawning a misguided desire for fancier equipment and a formal degree.

Finding this little film camera was both timely and serendipitous. I'm looking forward to learning more by going back to the basics.

8 comments:

  1. What a stunning camera! I hope she (it's a she, right?) helps you find the confident to put a capital P on your title–I think it's absolutely deserved!

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  2. love the title, love the camera!

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  3. it is a perfect camera and so vintage.....perrrrrfect!

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  4. Beautiful camera, do you know whether or not it still works? It'd be interesting to see the photographs that come from it (assuming you could still find film for it)

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    1. yes, as far as I know, it's in working order. I suppose we'll truly find out when I submit my first film scans for processing!

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  5. I stumbled upon your blog once, I think I may have been searching for photographers + NYC. I'm coming out from 'lurking' to tell you that I completely understand where you are coming from on the calling yourself a 'Photographer'! I am in that same place! I like your work and think you have a nice eye and unique view.

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  6. what an awesome find! I've been wanting a camera like that for a while now... maybe someday. I can't wait to see the photos you take with it. have a wonderful weekend, my dear.

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