Look, they’re just about the same size…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s interesting china teapot is the one shaped like an Alpine avalanche.

I write all this bloggy stuff sitting on a old swivel office chair in a scruffy little back room of my house that is storage for a couple of guitars, a not-very-good big painting of mine, some other junk and small odds and ends, and is, of course, also home for my whirring muttering-to-itself desktop computer.
The other day I was sitting here looking around me as I tried to come up with some good adjective to slot in to the text that might impress people, when I found that I was staring at a couple of plastic boxes on the floor in the corner. These contain two old-fashioned 35mm film cameras and some fat heavy lenses; they are good ones, very well made and were quite expensive back when people used such things, but now of course with the blossoming of digital they are worth next to nothing – but one can hardly throw them in the dustbin can one?
On the top of one of the boxes was an old light meter, a nice-looking Weston Master III from the 1950s that I had once bought in a second-hand shop.
Looking at it I realised that the meter itself was about the size of the little digital camera that I use now.
An idea!
Ah, perhaps I should photograph the meter and my current camera side by side? Perhaps the picture would say something about how things had changed. Yes, a trip back to a time when cameras didn’t have light meters built into them; when you would hold your light meter up to the scene, take a measurement, choose and set the speed and aperture knobs on the camera to suit, compose, and then click!…
So, yes, let’s take a photo of these two things.
Ah… What do I take the photo with? I only have the one camera now and that has to be in the picture! Doh!…
I suppose I could go and buy a roll of 35mm film and use one of the old cameras, and… no, no, that would take forever getting the film developed, and then I’d have to scan the negative to get the image onto the blog… No, that would be interesting, but ridiculous!
I did try setting the two items up on a table, putting the camera on ‘timer’ mode and holding a mirror up so that it took it’s own picture with its old pal Weston… Well it did work, sort of, but the camera decided it would focus on the surface of the mirror instead of the subjects – the resulting pictures were really rotten!… However…
A good idea! I invited my friend Jeff round to have a nice cup of cheap coffee, and added in my invitation that he should be sure to bring his camera with him…

There now… That’s nice isn’t it?…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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19 Responses to Look, they’re just about the same size…

  1. memadtwo says:

    A nice composition. The position of the arrow is just right. (K)

  2. Oh light meters! I used one back in the day (nostalgia trip now) and I do like your camera as well! I just found out yesterday that you can actually print off photographs from your phone instantly! (Assuming your phone has a camera, of course) So yes, I did that for about 50p a time at Boots the chemist, and they are most lovely. How times have changed…..!

  3. This brings back memories…I always wanted a really nice camera and to learn how to use it, but digital came along as my finances improved enough to get that nice camera, and so – I got a digital one and take better pictures with it and its successors than I ever would have with the film one, probably, but still…I think about the film camera dream.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Oh, yes, digital is far easier and more reliable – and it’s instant too, and to take another shot or two costs nothing – Me, I love it!
      All the old gear, the camera bodies, the lenses, were all beautifully made and felt nice and substantial in the hand – now they just make nice stylish and attractive ornaments for one’s knickknack shelf.

  4. Dana Doran says:

    So, I guess I must weigh in….I read an artsy-fartsy new age article somewhere about how photographers are “rediscovering” film cameras….because digital lacks that certain…hum…just can’t quite put my finger on it….http://edward-weston.com/ (slide show at top of page)

  5. twallisstone says:

    Love this post! I still have a 35mm camera and will not give it up. When sketching, I prefer looking at print photos than online.

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