My name is Kathy and I have an analog soul

Diana Camera

Delightfully Crappy Cameras

For some reason throughout my collecting of film cameras, I have been constantly intrigued by ridiculously lo-fi plastic cameras.  These cameras range in form from the freebies that were given with magazine subscriptions and bank accounts to the purpose made Holga and Diana plastic beauties.  The nice thing about the supremely crappy ones is that one can pick them up for a dollar or two at local thrift stores.  I will run through my favorites of these plastic gems in somewhat chronological order as I obtained them.

Time Magazine camera as I received it

The Time Magazine 35mm film camera.  I picked this one up in the local Animal Aid thrift store.  I believe it was 2 or 3 dollars.  It was a cruddy and dirty mess, but I had seen some nice results so figured it would be worth cleaning up.  ­­Heck, it even had a hot shoe!  It features the 50mm Kinetic Optical lens…sounds great, huh?  Settings include the “Diana-ish” sunny, partly sunny, partly cloudy, and cloudy for aperture and one guy, multiple guys, or landscape for focus.  I have enjoyed using this camera and have had fun with a flash on it.

Joel DaSilva's pedal board as seen by Time Magazine camera with flash

Ansco Pix Panorama with case and user guide

I believe the second camera of this genre I picked up was the Ansco Pix Panorama.  I had a very similar camera in the early 90s and really liked it, but I think I broke the rewind lever on it…go figure on an all plastic camera 😉  This one is panorama except you can remove the “mask” that goes over the film frame, which I did.  I used it for a while this way and just guessed through the viewfinder until I hacked it up to resemble the full 35mm frame view.  This is an uber basic camera with only a lens cover, shutter button, film winder, and film rewind.  I truly love the simplicity in shooting this offers…no doo-dads to fiddle with…just pure composition to think about.  I now have two of these, one with the mask removed and one intact…although I have yet to really use the intact one for panorama style images…think I prefer to just shoot “wide angle.”  And on that topic…I did try a Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim and actually preferred this model…it’s not quite as wide, but also does not feel as though I am going to crush it in the pressure of my hands  😉

"Heaven's Gate" shot with Ansco Pix Panorama

The third camera I will mention is my latest addition, the “no name” blue and black “Sports” model 35-55 zoom 35mm camera!  Just got this for $2 at a new Goodwill store I just found.  Haven’t run film in it yet, but will soon.   Its controls include a manual zoom ring on the lens that even zooms in the viewfinder…how high tech!

Newly acquired "Sports" zoom camera 😉

If you are dabbling in film at all, I highly recommend this type of camera.  It’s great when you are feeling overwhelmed with f-stops and shutter speeds and all of the other decisions to make when shooting.  It brings photography to its purest form of light/shadow and composition.  And as I like to say, it’s not the camera that takes the photo, it’s the artist behind it!

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Vintage Camera Tees Designed by Me!

Pentax MX Tee

Pentax MX Tee

I had started this project about a year ago and never really completed it as I would have liked.  I finally decided to quit sitting on the idea and pursue it.  The concept is to have an image of an old camera printed on the front of a t-shirt with it appearing to be a real camera worn by the person.  The camera straps could actually be extended up to look as though it is hanging on the front of them.

Yashica Electro 35 Tee

Yashica Electro 35 Tee

I started by shooting my beloved Pentax MX slr, Yashica Electro 35 GSN rangefinder, and Canon Canonet QL17 GIII rangefinder.  I got them posted on my website that night.  I decided the next day to do some more, so I shot my vintage Diana plastic camera, Kodak Brownie Chiquita, and WWII era Rolleiflex twin lens reflex (tlr).

Vintage Rolleiflex Tee

Vintage Rolleiflex Tee

I’ve got them on my website through RedBubble and I think they came out great.  Had to tweak the sizes a bit to give them a realistic look.  Thinking of ordering the Pentax one for myself because it’s my favorite camera and it’ll be cool to wear it even when I’m not 😉


Upcoming Events!

Just an FYI about some events coming up where I will be showing my work.

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 10am-7pm    Life is Art Fest in Boca Raton, Florida

Friday, May 6, 2011, 6-9pm     East Village Uncorked in Pompano Beach, Florida

Come on by, see my work in person and say “Hi!”  All the work I sell at events is hand signed by me on the spot and I can even personalize gifts with the name of whomever you are giving it to 😉

Analog Soul Photography Booth at Riverwalk Blues Festival


My first slideshow video featuring Japanese Inspiration images

Tried an online service for making some different slideshows, but found it rather cumbersome and didn’t quite get the results I was looking for.  I had read about Windows Movie Maker and thought I’d give it a try.   It was very easy and intuitive to use and this is what I came up with.

These Japanese Inspiration images are available on my website here:  Analog Soul Photography


Kathy’s Cameras 02 – Vintage Original Diana Camera

This is the second in my series introducing my collection of film cameras.   This one features the lovely and talented original Diana plastic camera from the 1960s.


What a weekend!

Still recovering from a long and fun weekend of food, fun, and great music at the Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale this past weekend.  Our friend Vena Paylo (wonderful music portrait artist) asked me to share a booth with her to sell our wares and I thought it would be great fun and we might just make some money at the same time!

Joel DaSilva's Pedal Board

Joel DaSilva's Strat

I had matted up many of my images that I thought would sell to a blues and other types of musical interests crowd.  I selected some of my New Orleans ones that I had just added to the website, along with many musical instrument “portraits” I have taken over the years.  I had two images relating to Joel DaSilva of the Hep Cat Boo Daddies (great hard rocking rockabilly style music) pedal board with voodoo doll and set list and one of his well-loved Fender Stratocaster guitar with a retro pinup style woman on it.  I also had another favorite local musician represented; Graham Wood Drout of Iko Iko’s (great “swampadelic” style) white Fender Stratocaster along with his amp that has his design of the Iko Iko logo snake.  I also had a handful of images of resonator guitars which are one of my favorites…they are just art in themselves!  I also love the way they sound 😉  Lastly, I thought some of my images from Clarksdale, Mississippi last year when we went to the Blues Music Awards in May would be appropriate.  I had one from Morgan Freeman’s club “Ground Zero” and a shot of “Red’s” famous juke joint.

Resonator

A Row of Resonators

It was a great festival and I sold WAY more work than I ever thought I would…including every music-related piece I brought.  I don’t think I missed any sales by not having selection though, which is good considering I wasn’t as prepared as I would have liked to have been.  Now I know more what to expect and think I’d love to do more blues related music festivals…they’re fun, the music is wonderful, and the crowd is generous and courteous…oh, and they have great taste in photography, of course 😉

Red's "Juke Joint"

Ground Zero Blues Club Window


I love shooting cemeteries, graveyards, and tombs ;-)

"Hush" shot with Minoltina AL-s 35mm rangefinder

I was just going through my gallery on my website and realized how many images I have from cemeteries.  I don’t know what exactly draws me to them…a sense of history, a mystery of a life I never knew, or simply showing respect to those that have left this world.  I have been intrigued since I was very young and my brothers and I would sneak into graveyards to peek at the headstones.

"The Gaze of an Angel" shot with Pentax MX

Since my foray back into film photography, I have shot Key West Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale fairly extensively.  I think my favorite subjects would have to be the angels…beautiful heavenly beings watching over the souls that have passed on.  Key West has some gorgeous hand carved marble angels that I adore.  There’s even one there that had an eerie light flare no matter what camera or angle I took it from.

"Diana's Angel" shot with Diana F+ camera

My favorite cameras for shooting in these environs have been my modern Diana F+ and vintage Diana, Ansco Pix plastic 35mm, and Minolta Minoltina AL-s 1960s rangefinder.

"Heaven's Gate" shot with plastic Ansco Pix 35mm camera