Nostalgia

In the long and pleasurable meander down Memory Lane yesterday, it wasn’t just funnies I found.

I discovered photographs of Norfolk rape fields (Lomo Lubitel II):

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Pottergate. the streets of Norwich I once roamed (Lomo Lubitel II):

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More pictures of Norwich (Comet Bencini iiS on Rollei 80s 127 film):

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Reflections in a shop window

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Retro fashion and an alarmingly good supply of vintage cameras

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Always an interesting find to be unearthed in here

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A rather fabulous Belgian Bistro: the Belgian Monk

I found memories of beautiful walks along Norfolk Broads, and crumbling stone discoveries (Canon AE-1):

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The Norfolk Broads

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Trouble comes in threes ❤

20And I found beautiful memories of family times and much younger children! (Canon AT-1 Fujicolor cross-processed):

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Overhead window making for beautiful lighting on a beautiful boy

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Another crumbling wall on another long ramble

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The days of eye contact – pre autism diagnosis. Same lovely overhead skylight.

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Another skylit portrait

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Canon AT-1 bokeh 🙂

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Once a dreamer, always….?

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A loopy dog, posing beautifully

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“fishing”

But enough looking back!

Time to create new memories, in a new place, with the same beautiful old cameras.

And maybe one or two ‘new’ ones, too 🙂

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Forgotten Time

Bert-at-Dunstanburgh-Castle This is rather a sad picture.

I mean, it’s rather a wonderful picture, taken with a very old Lomo Lubitel II on Ilford XP2 Super and home – developed in our kitchen. But it’s a good year and a half since it was shot, and the film sat, forgotten, in a cupboard. This is one of only two shots left on the roll that are remotely discernible.

This is Bert. You have to count to three, but take the picture on two, or else he pulls a daft face. He’s almost there on this one 🙂

And the splendid pile in the background is Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland. An amazing place, right on the sea.

Develop film straight away! Lesson learned…

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Dunstanburgh Castle

The sea is far away…

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Another from the roll of Ilford FP4+ I put through my Halina A1 at the weekend.

I adore TLRs. I love everything about them. I think they’re stunning looking, the viewfinder is like observing life via a dreamy film reel, they’re simple to use. And I even love the way attempting to frame the shot with a relatively straight horizon has me dancing like a loon and leaves me feeling a bit seasick 😊

This shot was an experiment.

And I like it!

 

A Serious Business

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This has been a very exciting day.

Today, for the first time in ages, I am scanning prints that I have taken and developed myself.
This was the first roll through a stunning Christmas present – a Halina A1 TLR. I loaded it with Ilford FP4 Plus 125 and headed off to the beach for the day with my family. This was the first frame I scanned, and potentially the best of the bunch. I wasn’t too considered in my photography, as I wasn’t even sure that the camera worked. So I developed it the moment I got home and now that I know how well it works, and have understood a little more about it, I am itching to get the next roll in. This model also came with something I haven’t seen before – two little plates: one for inside the film compartment and one that sits on the viewfinder, effectively cutting the frame down from medium format to 35mm and providing twice as many shots. What a nifty little thing! I’m putting the remainder of the roll on Flickr, for anyone who wants to see the results – my details are on the side menu.

In case it doesn’t come across – this was the most exciting day for quite a while and I have a new love in my life. My gorgeous Halina A1. ❤