Tuesday, July 17, 2007

This photograph is from the same roll as those immediately below, but it's set apart because it is has a distinct resonance for me. It represents an aspect of summer I cannot begin to define...something from my youth during which I distinctly remember experiencing certain moods when stimulated by certain visual environments. This one triggers those feelings. It's a very special place.
The three images below are of the Fishkill River in Beacon, New York. As rivers go this one is just too small for the word 'river' to make much sense, so I choose to call it a stream which may just be what 'kill' means in Dutch. They were made with my Mamiya C220 with a 135mm lens. That camera was the first medium format machine I acquired way back in the 1980's when they were still being made. I've not used it much since getting my Pentax 67 kit, and more recently a couple of 4x5 large format kits, but I really like the square format of the Mamiya and the the whole array is very light and compact...even with the prism finder which is a terrific improvement over the waist level finder. If I win the lottery, I'll get a Hassie, but that's as likely as my getting 20 years younger!