Milly's Creek  by Jules Campbell


Available to buy on…

Combining old photographic techniques with new.

This image like all my ‘through the viewfinder’ images was taken through an old Kodak Duaflex IV or a Yashica 635 with a new digital camera.

TtV Concept…

All I do is crop the image and enhance colours as I see and remember them in the landscape. The dust specks are very real and I make no attempt to hide them, as is the black frame in fact I have left a piece of grass to hang over the edge for added authenticity.

I have abandoned the use of a tripod because it feels less contrived and I enjoy the nonchalant feeling of “it’s meant to be” which can be a hard feeling to achieve with so many technical issues related to photography. So more and more I find myself using the environment to help construct the images.

I have always been obsessed with age concepts in my art, it is a recurring theme for me revisited again and again in various forms. The oldness, the square image, the colours, the use of ‘old’ equipment makes me feel at home. I have idealised my childhood and old things have my absolute respect and admiration. Old things can trigger a fleeting memory just like the photograph records memories, precious old possessions can remind me of a particular time and place or person. No amount of gold can replace such richness.

There has been a lot of discussion on the net re TtV and some dismiss it as a gimmick to make bad photography look interesting and that could certainly be possible for some but I feel it has its place in the right context. The same argument could be said for many tools used to create visual arts…

In writing this, I hope you (the viewer) will gain a brief insight into the madness behind the method :)

cheers jules


blue, australian, ttv, 111, campbell, throughtheviewfinder, jules, australianphotography, julescampbell

“ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

Photographic artist based in the southwest of Western Australia.

View Full Profile


  • InnerNortherns
    InnerNorthernsabout 6 years ago

    very iconic australian imagery,transcends school holiday photos in the early 80s

  • Thank-you I.N. and how right you are! I was aiming for a pacticular ‘look’ perhaps a little earlier in time…as soon as i saw the white ghost gum I thought of Albert Namatjira. 1980’s definately works also its got something to do with that cyan colour and come to think of it all the pics I took in that era were infact square from a kodak instantmatic.

    – Jules Campbell

  • Persimmon
    Persimmonabout 6 years ago

    this really says Australia doesn’t it?

  • Thanks persimmon -it certainly felt very, very australian while composing this shot..drinking a cold beer, swatting flies, red dirt, 4wd, hot and not a soul for miles and miles. My kinda country!!

    – Jules Campbell

  • Basia McAuley
    Basia McAuleyabout 6 years ago

    Excellent colour, angle and love your style of processing, well done.

  • Thanks so much Basia :)

    – Jules Campbell

  • pentangled
    pentangledabout 6 years ago

    You’ve really captured the image I have Australia in my head (well, one of them…. images not heads….oh dear!…) – I’ve never visited, but maybe one day. I’m about as far away as poss on this planet!

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait