The Duaflex

Several years ago a high school friend sent me a package of vintage cameras that she wasn’t using anymore. It was a hugely kind gesture and they quickly were added to my already growing shelf of vintage cameras. Then life happened and I never got back to find film for any of them.

Until now.

Introducing, The Duaflex:

The Duaflex was manufactured by Kodak and this version was produced between 1954-1957. It a cute box camera that is about as easy to use as a point and shoot camera and that’s exactly what it was intended for. Kodak isn’t making the film for it anymore (620 film), so it took me a while to find a place that manufactures a replica of 620 film. And then it still sat on a shelf not using it because I was a little intimidated by the old levers and the backward viewfinder but now that I’ve gotten over the intimidation I realize that it’s a sweet, little, simple machine.

The other day I shot 12 shots in a test roll, and these are my favorites. These are all unedited images. The scratches, vignettes and the colors are all through the lens. I can’t wait to shoot another roll!

All photographs shot on Kodak Duaflex III / Ektar 100 film. Shot of the camera taken by iPhone.

Needles Highway and the rest of 2018

So it’s obvious to see that after my last post about the Badlands in September, my website was really neglected for the rest of the year. And that’s probably because of several things:

  1. School
  2. Cross Country Season
  3. Birthday celebrations
  4. Burn out
  5. The annual time of the year that I start to ask again, “Why the heck do I even blog?”
  6. Then Halloween
  7. Then Thanksgiving
  8. Then Christmas
  9. Then…. New Happy Year!

And so here we are. Over the last 12 years I’ve published 5 different blogs (including this one) and have written the same sentence over and over again that reads similarly as: “Hi Everyone, Sorry I’ve been away so long!” But I’m not writing that this time. The concept and the reasons for blogging has changed over the years so it’s not always the back and forth conversation happening like it used to. That’s what Facebook is for.

However I would still like to keep this site going again. It’s my home base for all my photographs and current information on art exhibits, works in progress, and ambitions. But to start the year 2019 with a bang, I have to close up 2018. There were lots of photographs I hadn’t published here yet in the later part of the year, so without further ado, here they are on digital and film….

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All photos shot on iPhone, Canon DSLR, Pentax K1000 35mm

Asbury Park, NJ USA 4-4-18

During my quick trip to NJ last week, I was able to get away for a few hours and take some shots of the boardwalk in the iconic town of Asbury Park, NJ. Enjoy!

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All photographs shot with a Canon Rebel xsi and an iPhone 6. Edits on Photoshop, Snapseed and DistressedFX.

Moonville Tunnel

A couple weeks ago when the boys had the day off of school, I was able to get them off the computer with the promise of a cool destination. All I knew is that the place sounded really cool: Moonville Tunnel.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. The closer we got to Moonville, the more scrappier and dilapidated it became. We saw lots of characters and lots of broken down houses on the way: we saw a road rage incident with a guy in Army fatigues, small children playing in a swamp, and we saw lots of chicken, horses, goats and all kinds of trash.

After the day ended we agreed that we couldn’t decide which was more interesting – the actual tunnel or the sights on the way.

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All photographs shot on Canon Rebel xsi and iPhoto. Edits on Photoshop and Snapseed.

Cabin Shoot

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Forget the fact that I slept on this bed about 2 hours because I felt like I was sleeping on a slant with my husband next to me, I loved the vintage goodness of this cabin when we stayed at Mammoth Cave, KY. The kitschy-ness, adorable-ness was almost too much to handle, and I would love to come back. The negative: there was a little bit of a Friday the 13th vibe going on after dark so I was feeling a little uneasy. But that’s my own fault because it’s one of the first horror flicks that I ever saw as a kid. And I felt like I was hearing that Jason Voorhees hiss all night.

Anyway, for these shots though, they were all done during the DAY. 😀

But really, next time I go there, I’m bringing a hockey mask because even though it would freak me out, this cabin would be an awesome photo shoot!

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All photographs shot on an iPhone 6. Color edited on Photoshop.

Old School Tools of the Trade

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The old school tools of the trade: my vintage camera collection. Some work, some don’t.

Top: Polaroid “The Button”, Diana+ 120mm, Polaroid Land Camera

Middle: Bolsey 35mm, Argus TLR, Graflex TLR, Duaflex TLR, Kodak Anastigmat

Bottom: Brownie Hawkeye, Kodak Instamatic X-35, Bell & Howell 35mm

Insert drool.