Porn 3: Yashica Mat 124



Camera Porn: Yashica Mat 124 — Originally uploaded by kavandje

The Yashica is a fine old lady, who must not be rushed.

She likes things to be done in a particular way, meticulously, mindful.

Composition of a good image in this camera takes time, and concentration. It’s like a meditation: head lowered, mind focused on the task at hand.

Her idiosyncrasies are at once befuddling (why must the flash sync lever be in a certain position when the shutter is pressed? Because disaster will strike if it is not.), and yet inspired (What is the purpose of rewinding? Just use two identical spools and go from one to the other; it’s so simple!)

But is it worth it?

Yes.

Photographs that emerge from the development tank like Venus from the waves are other-worldly, æthereal, weird — Weird in the old Anglo-Saxon sense of magical, filled with the madness that comes from standing too close to the Gods.

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Posted on January 10, 2008, in Photography. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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