I was kind of hoping to find the new Eggleston book somewhere in my hometown- but the town that I’m in is not one that would have it for sale anywhere. Certainly not in either of the city’s two Barnes and Nobles. Got to keep that shelf space open for the books that are really going to sell. The three green books to the left are Anne Geddes ones.
I guess that super cheap Nikon FE2 and Konica Autoreflex T I picked up will make up for it a little…
This month the Gaijin Like Me series is featured on Nikon’s The Independents site. Sure, you can see some of my pictures again, but I really suggest going through all the other galleries for the chance to see some great photography from many talented photographers in Japan. You can see earlier featured portfolios by clicking on the “Back Number” button on the main page.
In a box in my parent’s basement I found this camera that I acquired a few years ago:
It was used to photograph readings from an oscilloscope using Polaroid film.
The unit swings open to reveal a large format lens and shutter fixed to a metal housing. Since I don’t have an oscilloscope worth photographing, I figured it was worth the effort to salvage the lens and shutter for a possible foray into large format photography. Everything came apart fairly easily with a flathead screw driver.
Everything that is, except the shutter assembly. Both the front and rear element of the lens screw off with no trouble at all, but I was hoping to get everything off at once.
The shutter seems to work well enough at the fast speeds, but the slower ones appear to be stuck. I wonder if the lens is worth taking back to Japan to possibly put on another shutter unit.
So it looks like I won’t be pricing an 8×10 camera anytime soon.
But one of the other cameras from that box will indeed be coming back to Tokyo, and simply needs new light seals to be ready to shoot with: