Saturday, August 01, 2009

June in September, 1969

I remember taking these photos, but not why. Was it my idea or hers? I also don't remember where I met her, although the back of my mind keeps coming up with a blurred vision of the section of the 79th St. Causeway near where Fun Fair used to be. Perhaps she lived near there or maybe that's where we first met.

All I really know is the month and year, that her name was June Hardie, and that I was using a Burleigh Brooks Bee-Bee camera that came with a Schneider Radionar 3 element lens which I had replaced with a 4 element Voightlander Skopar. Just about every camera maker before WW-II made a similar camera. They came with 3 plate holders for glass plates which in turn usually contained film sheaths to hold a sheet of film. They were interchangeable with a ground glass back for more accurate focusing than using the distance scale. Some had after-market rangefinders installed. The cameras came in two sizes: 6.5x9cm and 9x12cm. A company by the name of RADA made roll film holders that fit these cameras, and they came with masks to make 8, 12, or 16 exposures on a roll of 120 film. You had to wind and see the frame number through a little red window. I always used the eight exposure option. All very primitive but I got some very good pictures with it.

I still have the velvet wing chair in my living room. I haven't seen June in forty years. At some point I sold the Bee-Bee.

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Blogger Michael Markey said...

And I bet that you still have that chair.Love these old shots,Al.So redolent of the time.
I may have said this before, on an RFF thread, but it has encouraged me to have some of my old stuff scanned.Thanks for the inspiration.Keep finding the time to post.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Al Kaplan said...

Yup, still have the chair but it needs recovering again for the second or third time. What I need is a new twenty year old model.

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, it's a beautiful chair in a beautifull light...
robert blu

3:52 PM  

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