Joshua Kristal 04
1. When was this photo taken?
2. Where was this photo taken?
Financial District, NYC
3. Who took this photo?
4. What are we looking at here?
This was shot during a federal holiday that involved a revolutionary war re-enactment in Lower Manhattan. The soldiers visited Federal Hall, a national monument on Wall St. after the event taking pictures and relaxing.
5. How does this old photo make you feel?
Happy and maybe a bit nostalgic.
I loved shooting film (I came up with film shooting it for daily newspaper jobs where we would have to develop it and print it for next day publication) so it was a fun practice I continued even after going digital.
This was shot with a 1950's antique brownie camera (a Spartus Full-Vue that shot 620 but I would run 120 thru it) & I loved the freedom I got from this simple camera. No focus, no exposure, just 12 shots. And the crappy plastic lens lent itself to gorgeous mishaps with epic vignettes, weird focusing & light leaks. Such a breath of fresh air after having to always be hyper focused when working on assignment.
Obviously, it's this kind of camera that was the inspiration for the Holga,Lomography & now the ubiquitous filters used today on Instagram. Shooting it in a camera like this is way more badass.
6. Is this what you expected to see?
I had no idea what was coming back to me.
7. Does this photo bring back any memories?
When I first moved to NYC I was so inspired & was shooting this antique brownie cameras. Magic is all around us & it just take a shift of vision & intent to open up to it..and once you start walking that special path you start to see it, it finds you, you find it. This reminds me of that practice.
8. How do you think others will respond to this photo?
It would be great to inspire people to move away from digital, to slow their process, to find an old camera at the thrift store and actually shoot it. The digital world is corrupting.
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