Change Part II – Kodak Box Brownie & a Voigtländer

A little while ago I purchased a couple of vintage cameras, a Kodak Box Brownie from the 1930’s and a Voigtländer from (I think) the 1950’s.  I haven’t actually tried to use them yet but I’ve had some fun this afternoon playing around with them and taking their portraits. It struck me as I clicked away with my trusty modern Nikon how much things have changed over these many decades and yet how they have also remained the same.

For the photographer the game as always, is the search for light, drama, colour, beauty, passion, contrast, only the equipment has changed to allow us to capture more of these things more efficiently.  As I placed my cameras on a background of some copies of Vogue magazine from the 1930’s and 40’s, I looked at the amazing images from these times taken with very basic cameras by today’s standards and wondered whether in fact we have really advanced that much?

I thought my photos might make an interesting contribution to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Change…………

Kodak & Voigtländer 2

Kodak & Voigtländer 3-2

Kodak & Voigtländer 3-3

Kodak & Voigtländer 5

Kodak & Voigtländer 5-2

Kodak & Voigtländer 7-2

Kodak & Voigtländer 10

Kodak & Voigtländer

ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

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43 Comments Add yours

  1. A very appropriate example of change and great images.

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  2. I don’t know what it is about antique cameras but they sure are delicious!

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    1. They just ooze history and memories don’t they Sarah!

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  3. Timothy Price says:

    Nice. Trying some film is next. Fun Fun Fun.

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    1. Thanks Timothy and yes, that really must be the next step!

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    1. Many thanks indeed Julie!

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  4. Andrew Seal says:

    Lovely Jane. My dad had one – thanks for the memory 🙂

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    1. Thank you Andrew! So glad you liked it!

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  5. momknowsjack says:

    These photos are gorgeous! I adore vintage cameras. ❤

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    1. Thank you very much, delighted you like them!

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  6. litadoolan says:

    Elegant portrait of this iconic camera. I think it sill holds its beauty even though technology has marched on so fast.

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    1. Thank you litadoolan, I agree completely it is still very beautiful and more than capable of taking wonderful images!

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    1. Many thanks indeed Maria!

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  7. My dad had a brownie, Jane, and I remember him spending a great deal of time with that lovely camera. He used to take the most stunning of portraits of his four kids, and would set us up, insisting that we be as natural as possible and never posing for the camera. We’ve got a box or two of captivating photos that captured each of us in the most contemplative of moods. It’s rather how I think of that camera: quiet, reflective and full of innocent beauty.
    Your photos have brought back those cherished memories.

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    1. So glad you like them Shelley, there is something very evocative about old cameras I think. Perhaps it’s because it makes you think of a romantic world in black and white or at least of older simpler times! 🙂

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  8. Jane Lurie says:

    What a beautiful set of images, Jane. Congratulations on your recognition today in “Photos We Loved”! Well deserved.

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    1. Hi Jane, Thank you! I just logged into my blog and wondered what you meant and then noticed the Daily Post link as well! Fame at last!! 😀 Nice to be in such good company 🙂

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      1. Jane Lurie says:

        It’s a fun discovery, isn’t it? The Janes! 🙂

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  9. Leya says:

    Congratulations on being featured in “Photos We Loved”! Vintage cameras – and photos of them…are gorgeous!

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    1. Many thanks indeed Leya! I just found the note in my messages, delighted that old fashioned vintage is still appreciated!

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      1. Leya says:

        Should apply to humans as well…;-D

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  10. Sue says:

    Ah, Jane, you are the mistress of the Still Life….these are brilliant!

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    1. Thank you Sue – I really appreciate that! There is something very compelling about vintage cameras isn’t there, I can’t help thinking of portraits of Hollywood stars from the golden era!

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      1. Sue says:

        Totally agree!

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      2. Looks like I replied at least twice there Sue – having trouble with fat fingers today!

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      3. Sue says:

        No, I think it’s me …..

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      4. NO I think it’s definitely me 😀 😀 I’m typing total rubbish today 😀 😀

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      5. Sue says:

        Tomorrow’s another day….

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      6. Oh yes Scarlett, especially if it’s windy 😀

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      7. Sue says:

        😀😀😀

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      8. Sue says:

        I do agree!

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  11. Congratulations on being featured Jane. I love your photos.

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    1. Thanks Lucile! How funny I’ve just visited you and left you a message! 2 messages actually, I keep hitting the wrong keys today ! 🙂

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      1. Great minds….
        I saw and have been replying to you too! Lol

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      2. HaHa – we’re playing merry-go-rounds – this could go on for ever! 😀

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