My name is Kathy and I have an analog soul

MX

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 😉

Advertisements

A date with a guitar, lighting and a backdrop

I was lucky enough to be loaned a great vintage Harmony guitar by friend and musician Bobby DeVito recently.  I had mentioned to him that I wanted to “borrow” great guitars from some of our musician friends to do some film based art photography on them.  He was happy to oblige.

Vintage Harmony 398

The guitar is an acoustic with an arch top and beautiful f-holes.  It belonged to his grandfather “Slim” Henderson who was a country artist in the 1940s.  Apparently he played for the Grand Ole Opry and once cursed in a song on live radio and therefore blackballed in the industry.  I guess things were different back then, especially in the country music genre 😉

Vintage Harmony 492

Vintage Harmony 492

I set up the studio (aka: second bedroom) with a black backdrop and frame given to us by a friend.  I also set up two studio lights, loaded up the Pentax MX and shot away.

Vintage Harmony 505

Vintage Harmony 505

I was happy with what I got…some detail shots and some full body shots.  I am just amazed at the artistic elegance of musical instruments like this…and shooting the details makes me see so much more!


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


A Tractor, Two Firetrucks, and a Train Museum

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to go on an adventure in Miami to the Gold Coast Train Museum.  Little did we know what an adventure it would be…as my GPS in my Android phone took us all the way west …though I told the hubby it looked suspicious, he wanted to follow it.  We just got to go through horrendous Miami traffic from west to east and finally found the correct location which was right by Miami MetroZoo (where he initially thought it was).

One of our reasons for visiting on this day was that it was free admission (as it is the first Saturday of every month) and there was a caravan of gourmet food trucks to be there.  The hubby’s a foodie, so he really wanted to try the food trucks…and we really needed some inspiration for our photography which we knew the trains, our friends Robert, Michelle, and Bobby, and my step daughter Melissa and her daughter Aliza would give.

I took my post WWII Argus A2b and trusty Pentax MX with me.  I needed to get the Argus out “just because” and I knew my MX wouldn’t let me down (since I’m still not well versed in the use of the A2b) so I’d get at least some decent shots.

We were starving after our driving adventure, so we headed straight for the food trucks.  Luckily, they didn’t let us down.  We scarfed a couple of fish tacos immediately, then the hubby and I went to separate trucks for the rest of our meal.  I had a wonderful Mediterranean chicken wrap from a truck that only does wraps…super yummy!

"Case Tractor III" shot with Pentax MX

Once we finished lunch, I realized there were a couple of old fire trucks and a Case steam powered farm tractor just outside the train building.  I thought they would make excellent photographic subjects, so I proceeded to shoot away.  Got some shots I really like of the tractor and especially the details of one truck (an American LaFrance).  I just love rusty old historical vehicles like this.  They have so much more meaning when they were used for saving lives or for producing food.  As always, I thought about this history and wondered about the tales they would tell if they could.

"Fireman's Axe" shot with Pentax MX

"Firetruck Levers" shot with Pentax MX

We gathered up our crew and headed inside the train building.  It was amazing, they had many different eras of passenger cars, engines, and cabooses.  I loved the passenger cars most…imagining the lives of the people that rode in them.  The most luxurious of these was the Ferdinand Magellan Railcar made by the Pullman Company.  This railcar was used for the three presidents prior to Kennedy (Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower) to transport and do “whistlestop” campaigning.  It was replaced with Air Force One for President Kennedy.  The appointments in this car were amazing…it had an early version of air conditioning, two “suites” with adjoining washrooms…one of which even had what they called a “bath tub,” but it was more of a basin for the shower.

"What they saw when they looked up" shot with Pentax MX

"Presidential Coffee Maker" shot with Pentax MX

It was a great day checking out all the cool rail cars and I think we’ll go back soon.  We had a good time, but with everyone in our group it was hard to shoot as much as I wanted to.  I like to document the details and it takes me a while to do so…so the hubby and I will have to make a trip on our own to spend more time shooting.  We highly recommend it and if you’re going to the Miami Metro Zoo any time soon, definitely add it to your agenda!

"Engine 153" shot with Pentax MX


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


A Beautiful Day at the Bonnet House with my Pentax MX

Back in November for the hubby’s birthday, I decided to take him to the historic Bonnet House here on Fort Lauderdale Beach. They just happened to be having an orchid show, so I though it would be a great photo expedition for both of us. We’ve both needed a bit of inspiration so it was just what we needed.

I decided to bring my trusty old Pentax MX. I had one in high school and college, but it ended up with a faulty meter, so I sent it to my Dad to repair and never got it back.  This camera is one I purchased in an online auction for a very reasonable price and it came to me with a dented prism. I got some money back due to the fact that it made the hot shoe malfunction. I then proceeded to repair the hot shoe based in instructions I found on the internet and now have a fully functioning gem of a camera (albeit a tad battered looking ;-).

When we went in, there were crazy Spider Monkeys jumping through the canopy of trees overhead. I was shooting with my 50mm lens, so I couldn’t get any good shots though. The orchid show was beautiful and we were able to get some wonderful afternoon light on them.

Shot with Pentax MX SLR

"Drama" Shot with Pentax MX SLR

"Orchid Essence" shot with Pentax MX SLR

"The Orchid Twins" shot with Pentax MX SLR

The house itself was just beautiful too.  It was owned by an artistic and quirky family and it shows.  There is everything from classically beautiful art and sculptural pieces to very primitive tropical style paintings.  We weren’t allowed to photograph inside the house, but I got some decent images of outside and in the courtyard areas.

"1941 Cadillac" shot with Pentax MX SLR

"Fish & Fronds" shot with Pentax MX SLR

"Shadowing the Coquina" shot with Pentax MX SLR