Way back in 1948 my father in law was a Los Angeles police officer working the beat in Hollywood as a motorcycle cop. About five or so years into his job he was working a auto accident up comes this news paper photographer from the LA Times they chat and each does there job and leaves. So once in while as the years go by they run into each other at what ever was news worthy. My fathering law quits the force to build pools for the stars and starts Roman Pools. The years go on the photographer retires and puts his camera away and wraps it up in news paper, dated 1955 and never uses it again. A few years ago I got divorced and met someone else a few years after that happened we married. My wife’s Parents became ill so we sold our house and moved to Reno to be near them if they needed help. I worked for a company that does church directories and was transferred. Well one day I was sent to Sacramento and while there I met an older gentleman who asked me if I knew any one that wanted an old Speed Graphic I said sure I would be interested. So later that day he brought it by and I took a look at it and bought the kit for 50.00. Which included the flashgun and the standard 147mm lens with holders and even the processing kit. So I take it home buy some 4×5 film and realize that’s it’s actually 31/4 × 41/4 holders which means I have to cut the film down. Which I do and think it’s the right size, which turns out they were a tad to snug so some bowed. Which is why the top of the tree is fuzzy. Anyway I go out take some pictures come home open up the processing kit, process the negs. And when I am putting away the stuff I find a business card of the guy that owned the camera and I ask my father in law if he knew the guy . Keep in mind it’s been 60+ years, he thinks a minute and then asks who again and I tell him oh sure we used to work the accidents together he was an ambulance chaser for the Times. So I ask you what are the odds of me buying this relic from the past and people that it intersected with both of their lives in one form or another. That’s why I like this shot is because it reminds me of memories of way back when,when photographers went west taking shots to sell to folks on the East coast for exotic travel. It has that feel of times lost, when life was harsh yet simple. But it makes a cool story huh and it’s true too weird huh.It’s simple and elegant plus timeless. That and it’s a really cool true story huh.
give me your thoughts on this shot please
Speed Graphic built 1947
Schneider-Kreuznach 147mm lens
No tilt or swing
30 sec exp
Processed in HC110
Post processed using on one perfect black and white with gum bichromate filter