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An Old Friend

By SlowSong
I visited the V&A today especially to see the new photo galleries and was delighted to find my very first camera nestling in a rather lovely display of vintage models. (The glass case was quite grubby hence the smears and spots). The Brownie 127 had no settings, you just pointed and snapped, but I loved it. I especially liked using the flash bulbs; they were exactly that, as most of you will remember.

I developed my very first roll of film at our school's youth club, one frame of which was a picture of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds album. I can't find that particular image, but the version is one of me taken with the camera and one that I printed off of that first roll. Luckily I did get a lot better at it. Smile

Tags: Mono Still life People Close up Black and white Low light Vintage camera Selfie Brownie 127

Voters: mike9005, MAK2, cats_123 and 22 more

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cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
21 Mar 2019 3:36PM
One of my first albums too.... wasn't much into photography then, but remember flash cubes being very hot!!! 😁😁
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
21 Mar 2019 3:42PM
I can beat that! My first camera was a Box Brownie, which had a wire square frame you pulled out from the side and you took your picture by looking through it. Mind you happy times! A touch of nostalgia?
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2466 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2019 4:24PM
Happy memories, disastrous photos...
And isn't it strange when we find that our lives are museum-pieces.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
21 Mar 2019 4:32PM
I love to look at these old cameras---remembering when--- My mother had a camera that requited one to set the aperture and shutter speed--- I have it now-- would need film, etc to make it work-- She never let me touch it!
21 Mar 2019 4:36PM
The first is interesting but I like the second mono image best.
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2019 4:52PM
I had one of those, Chris, a birthday present if I remember correctly.

Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2019 5:06PM
Blimey that takes me back Chris.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
22 Mar 2019 2:23PM
Blimey, think I had one rather like this, if not the same model! Love the selfie in the version, Chris, looking very glamorous 👍
Trev 😀
Fefe Plus
10 61 37 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2019 5:06PM
Old photos are priceless.....Love the version!
SOUL7 7 1 United Kingdom
13 May 2019 1:53PM
Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
24 May 2019 4:33PM
Fun to se this old cameras. And the old photo too. Get som nice memories of it Smile

Arne Smile

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