Early last year I discovered an old camera of my dad's; a cool little bakelite box, the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash. This tried and true toy camera was given to me by my Brother who acquired it somehow from our Dad who picked it up in the late 1950's as a young, Dutch immigrant living and farming in Southern Alberta.
After doing some reading about the Hawkeye, I decided to load up some 120 film and shoot off a test roll. I didn't bother to clean any part of the camera wanting to see what 50+ years of dust and history looks like. Commercial Drive in Vancouver was the place where the Hawkeye made it's comeback and the Hawkeye adventure began!
A few month later, armed with my camera and the intention of exploring multiple exposures in Rio de Janiero, I set off to see Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain. As I was staying at a hotel along Copacabana, I had the opportunity to take 2 doubly exposed frames of the same scene: Cristo Redentor on Copacabana beach; this is my favourite of the two.
Later on, on my last day in Shanghai after a super-intensive business-related workshop, I woke up early and snapped a roll using the ever-vibrant Kodak Portra film. By this time it's been almost one year since rediscovering this photographic gem, the lens is still flipped and I'm loving the results more and more with every roll I snap!
Not long after leaving Shanghai, I ventured to the south of Italy where every day was a beautiful picture-taking day with loads of sunshine and sea. As usual, I was packing the Brownie, which by now, has clearly become one of my most beloved cameras. Here are my 2 favourite Brownie shots from Trani, Italy.
In all of these travels (and a few more unmentioned), I have learned a great deal about the camera as well as shooting with film. While not every image is bloggable, there have been many moments captured and treasured through the love and lens of this little old box camera.