An old camera has recently arrived at my doorstep, asking me if he could, despite his flaws and malfunctions, live with me and maybe come with me on a trip sometimes. Of course what he really wanted was to be used again, but he was too proud to say it. I saw through him easily, and I have to be honest: he was too good-looking to resist. I took him in.

At first everything was great, we joked around and had a good time. But then came the point where he had to perform. I gently cocked his shutter, and fired it. Almost without a sound and trembling with anticipation, he opened up his shutter blades and closed them again rapidly. So far so good. I turned the dial down to 1/4 of a second, cocked his shutter again, and fired. He opened up his blades quickly, made the softest whirring sound, and then did nothing.

After my inventory of the camera’s flaws (a sticky shutter that was unreliable at high speeds and not functional at all at speeds below 1/8 of a second and a view finder with festive mouldy patterns encrusted in it), I must say I felt ambivalent towards him.  I wasn’t sure what to do: get him fixed and pay the bills or throw him out and avoid the costs and the risk of wasting film. And like a cat that doesn’t know whether to attack the bird or just eat from the bowl starts washing itself out of pure confusion,  instead of choosing either option, I just loaded him up with a roll of 120 film.

Handed down

Handed down

Camera: Yashica D TLR with f/2.8 viewing lens and f/3.5 taking lens

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  1. Simon says:

    Didn’t the camera already carry an old film when he arrived at your doorstep? If so, did you get it developed?

    Btw, how did you like Oerol? I saw the ‘Zwart als Inkt’ play and took a picture of an apple with a bite too.

  2. bloemenjansje says:

    The camera was empty when I got it, I would definitely have developed any used film! That’s like the concept of a ‘found manuscript’ that a lot of writers used as a marketing tool for their books about two centuries ago.

    And Oerol was nice as usual, crowded, laid-back. Was the ‘Zwart als inkt’ show the drawing machine? Because I saw that too, but I guess that wasn’t really a play. But I take it you enjoyed it too?

  3. Simon says:

    I guess a ‘found photograph’ concept wouldn’t really work because people might consider it plagiarism…

    And yes! I really enjoyed Oerol, even though 3 days is way too short. Next year I plan on going all week. The play I saw was a part human, part doll play on ‘the real story’ of Sneeuwwitje, by Theater Gnaffel.