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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3 Comments:

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.
Regards
Michael

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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