New additions to my Brownie collection

The spring thunderstorms returned last week after a brief hiatus, so no photography for me this weekend. That’s okay, I had several boring errands that I’d been putting off, and the car was overdue for an oil change.

I found myself clicking around the backwoods of eBay while I binge-watched the 3rd season of House of Cards on Saturday afternoon. See, I think I neglected to mention this in my blog entry about my trip out to Tickfaw last weekend, but on my way back home I swung through Baton Rouge to stop at Circa 1857, one of my favorite antique stores. And lo and behold, I found one of my most-desired Kodak Brownies, a Target, for just $25. (Using metrics that are a complete mystery to almost everyone who collects cameras, the market value of this camera has been determined at $6. You will never, ever, EVER find one for that cheap, anywhere. I consider $25 to be a bargain.)

target

That got me thinking of another Brownie I’ve long been on the trail of, the Jiffy, a model which slightly preceded the Target, although later models of the Jiffy and earlier models of the Target were sold at the same time. So that’s how I came to be on eBay. Normally I prefer to buy my cameras in stores, partly so I can make sure the shutter works, but also because it feels more “earned” when I find my cameras IRL. I’m readier to part with money because what are the odds I’ll ever find one again? However, vintage cameras are gaining in popularity, making them rarer finds (especially in good condition) and driving up the prices in stores.

jiffy

So anyway, long story short, I found one I liked, no one else bid on it and I got it for the starting bid of $19.99 and $5 shipping. The seller says the shutter works and they have 100% positive feedback so I suppose they’re trustworthy. Although it doesn’t matter so much, as I primarily want these cameras for their collectibility and Art Deco faceplates. But I like to know I could use all of the cameras I collect, even if I’m unlikely to in some cases.

Now I just need a Beau, and I will have the trifecta of Art Deco Brownies. That one’s gonna be hard though, that model was only made from 1930-1933–the colored ones (blue, green, rose) only until 1931.

beau

Help me pick which print will go on sale in my Etsy shop

I got the first roll of Neopan (or any black and white film) that I ever shot in the Ultra Wide & Slim developed, and WOW. I LOVE how it looks! My favorite shots are the Stations of the Cross that I photographed on the Catahoula Highway in St. Martin Parish a few weeks ago; I want to put one of them for sale in my Etsy shop but I love them all so much that I can’t pick. That’s where you come in: poll time! If you had $20 to buy one of these prints, which one would you choose?

A.
Stations of the Cross

B.
Stations of the Cross

C.
Stations of the Cross

D.
Stations of the Cross

E.
Stations of the Cross

I was going to add a poll, but the WordPress overlords, in their infinite wisdom, apparently decided to remove the button when they changed the dashboard. So please help me out by leaving your pick in the comments; feel free to elaborate on why you chose the one you did, if you wish.

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Latest roll in the Diana F+

I didn’t use this camera much in 2014 and lately I’ve been re-discovering my love of it. I want to start using my Holga again as well; since I got the instant back for it that’s all I’ve done with it, but it was meant for medium format film and it takes great photos with it.

Valcour Aime family tomb

Maison de Reprise

Stations of the Cross

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Our Lady of Tickfaw, Tangipahoa Parish

This is something I read about in Weird Louisiana, although I made sure to Google it first because a lot of the information in that book is outdated. (Or just plain wrong, like that old chestnut about St. Expedite getting his name because the nuns mistook the word expidite for a name.) The most recent mention I found online was from last November; photos showed it to be neglected and overgrown but mostly still standing. Whoever owns the land has apparently sold off part of it though, because the back part of the field was fenced off with some pretty strongly worded No Trespassing signs. Too bad, because I could see more statuary and a little chapel back in the trees. Kind of a dick move to buy that, leave it up and not do anything with the land, but cut it off from the public.

These are just a few cell phone shots; I hope the film I shot turns out because it was more overcast than predicted and I was shooting all fairly low speed film. I finished the roll of Velvia in the Ultra Wide & Slim–I think I’m going to get that processed as slide rather than cross-processed. Like multi-lens cameras, cross-processing is a gimmick that I feel like I’ve just grown out of. I also shot some Ektar in the Smena 8M, and took a few Neopan shots in the Blackbird fly.

Our Lady of Tickfaw

Our Lady of Tickfaw

Our Lady of Tickfaw

You know, so much of the photos I’ve shot for the Saints of Louisiana project have been privately built devotional spaces not owned by or officially connected with any church, I wonder if that shouldn’t be the focus of the project? I have a lot of photography/coffee table books about Louisiana, and while religious subjects are often covered, I don’t think a focus on these kinds of chapels/shrines has ever been done before. You could even argue that Marie Laveau’s tomb falls under that category, because while it’s in a graveyard owned by the diocese, it was the actions of private worshipers who turned it into a shrine.

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Laura Plantation, Vacherie, LA

I went to this plantation a few years ago, before I moved to Louisiana and was just visiting my parents during the holidays. But I didn’t bring any film cameras with me, just my old clamshell Olympus digital, and only took a few photos of the inside of the house. So I always meant to go back. These are just some shots I took with my cell phone, but I also shot some slide in my Ultra Wide & Slim—I haven’t decided whether I’m going to cross-process that or have it processed as slide—and a few Neopan shots in my Blackbird.

Maison de Reprise

Slave/sharecropper cabin

Maison de Reprise

Pantry

Basement

Laura Plantation

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Lomography Orca in the Rollei A110

This is the 3rd or 4th roll I’ve shot in my Rollei, but I never got the earlier ones transferred onto a photo CD. I thought Dwayne’s Photo only offered developing/printing for 110 film, I could never find a spot for a CD on any of their price sheets. Either it was there all along and I just kept missing it, or they legit didn’t offer it until recently, no idea. Anyway, these were all shot at various times during 2014–I had this film sitting around for a long time and finally sent it in a couple weeks ago.

Pointe a la Hache cemetery

Old boat cabin

Old house in Mouton Cove

Natchez City Cemetery

Madonna Chapel

Windsor Ruins

I really like the grain on this film. I’ve shot Lomography’s color 110 but wasn’t as impressed by it.

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