Thursday, May 31, 2012

Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

"Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts."-Minor White
     When I discovered this darling Brownie Holiday Flash camera at an estate sale, I couldn't resist paying a couple bucks for it. I thought it would make a nice addition to my etsy shop, but then after holding this rare beauty in my hands, well I couldn't part with it.  The collector in me just wouldn't let it go!  
      It is now nestled atop some old books and knickknacks on a shelf collecting dust, but not for long.  I am so excited to purchase a roll of 127 film and take a couple shots.  If only I could find a frozen roll of film for this camera that someone may have forgotten about!  Unfortunately, the film was discontinued about ten years ago and finding a roll of film for sale is rare.    

     Kodak introduced the Holiday Flash in 1952 and discontinued the model in 1962.  I can't image why?  Back in the day, this camera cost $5.00.  I just love it.  The size is so compact, light weight and frankly darn cute. 
     There is nothing to compare the feeling you get when you load a roll of film in a camera, advancing it and then clicking the shutter.   The anticipation of not knowing whether you captured the perfect shot; well that is a magical moment.  Our modern day digital cameras offer us instant gratification, but there is nothing like a little vintage to remind us how we got here!  This little brownie beauty is staying with me.  I'm counting on a roll of 127 film to magically appear!

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