Grindstone Ford and the Natchez Trace, with 120 film

I learned photography on a film camera.

Creek Off the Natchez Trace

Believe it or not, that is something that a lot of photographers I’ve met in the last few years cannot say. I think I covered this before, but my first camera was a little Kodak 110 that was shaped like a block of wood. It had just three settings: portrait, landscape, and group. That little camera was in my back pocket for years before I moved up to a different one. But after I shot on my first Pentax K1000 I knew I was hooked.

Owen's Creek

I’ve gone through a good many SLR and DSLR cameras through the years. I even have a couple of TLR that I love dearly. I have a small collection of cameras, all but one functioning, and a nice set of lenses I can use with each of them.

But lately, I’ve been neglecting my film cameras, actually, photography in general.

The Path at Grindstone Ford

So while I was going through my computer files I found these images. At first glance they look very much like Instagram or Hipstamatic shots, square, grainy, a little yellowish. But they aren’t. I ttok these a little while back with a Kodak Hawkeye Brownie 120 film camera. It’s just about as basic as you can get. When I scanned them, I scanned them big and applied absolutely no filters to them. I have more shots like these, including some done with a little Holga and a Yashica A camera. I’ll upload them at some point also.

Road to Grindstone Ford

I am starting to hear the call of film. Think I’ll hang up the DSLR for a while and go back to basics.

Sara B in 1854

 These images were taken with a Kodak Hawkeye Brownie from the early 1950s. I gave the old camera a good deal of tender loving care and loaded with 120 film, the brand escapes me now. These were taken at the Grindstone Ford historic site off of the Natchez Trace in Mississippi.

I think this asthetic is what I need to go back to. The basics: no batteries or memory cards, just me, the camera, some film, and the road.

Be safe and God bless.



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