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Portrait of My Son Through The Viewfinder of My Grandfather's Voigtlander Compur by Kitsmumma

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This photograph is very special to me.

In my hand I hold my Grandfather’s 90 year old vintage Voigtlander Compur folding camera that he bought in Germany in the 1920’s and I’ve taken a photograph of my son through the tiny viewfinder. I cannot articulate the emotions this stirs in me.

I bet my grandfather never imagined that one day, in another century, his beloved camera would be used by his granddaughter (who he never knew) to photograph his great grandson.

I’m a sentimental fool…….!

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Australian Fine Art Photographer, Dip of Fine Arts (Photography), whose work is inspired by a love of nature and the abstract.
My photographs concentrate on the light, lines, colour, shape and form found in nature…… from bushland to beaches, even my own backyard.
I hope to surprise and intrigue the viewer with my work and explore the notion that beauty exists everywhere…in the right light!

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  • Tama Blough
    Tama Bloughover 5 years ago

    Great picture! And perfetly okay to be as sentimental a fool as you want.

  • Thanks so much Tama, I can’t help myself, it gives me goosebumps when I think about it. My Grandfather died long before I was born but one of my uncles saved the camera and gave it to me many years ago, I treasure it.

    – Kitsmumma

  • Rowdy
    Rowdyover 5 years ago

    I love it and the idea behind it.

  • Thanks so much Rowdy, truly appreciate your comment.

    – Kitsmumma

  • ArtSlut
    ArtSlutover 5 years ago

    you rock. it stirs my emotions too. x

  • Thanks Trish. I never knew my grandfather but feel connected to him when I hold his camera in my hands.

    – Kitsmumma

  • Lisa Defazio
    Lisa Defazioover 5 years ago

    Love your description and image – there is not enough heart in todays world.x

  • Thanks so much Lisa, I feel like a soppy, nostalgic fool but it’s genuinely how I feel whenever I pull out his old camera. Appreciate your lovely words.

    – Kitsmumma

  • Leigh Ann Pobiak
    Leigh Ann Pobiakover 5 years ago

    very creative!

  • Thanks so much Leigh Ann, appreciate your comment.

    – Kitsmumma

  • transmute
    transmuteover 5 years ago

    Be sentimental. It’s not foolish.

  • I’m getting worse as I get older!
    Thanks darling man x

    – Kitsmumma

  • deborah brandon
    deborah brandonover 5 years ago

    so special sylvia….. the image & words ……feeling the love xx :)

  • Hi Deb, I’ve been couped up indoors with the flu and so I pulled the old camera out yesterday for something to do. I get sentimental everytime I hold this camera and I’m thrilled to have managed to take a shot of my son with it. The viewfinder is about 1cm sq, tiny!
    Appreciate your lovely words.

    – Kitsmumma

  • woof
    woofover 5 years ago

    very cool!!!
    my dad had one of these cameras. i guess i was four at the time but i took it a-part,
    wanted to see if the image was inside the box… dad was not very happy. that’s what started me
    with photography. :)

  • It’s amazing the memories and sentiments these gorgeous old cameras can stir. Thanks for sharing your story woof, it’s wonderful, something I probably would have done as a kid too………. “where’d the picture go?”

    – Kitsmumma

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 5 years ago

    wish these people could see this now …. super pic and sentiments I found my Grandmother on library archives showing typical wedding outfits of 1912 ,said unknown bridesmaid , wow if only she could even imagine the difference now to a few years ago ….on Google for the whole world to see,

  • It is amazing isn’t it. I’ve thought of that too, imagine trying to explain the internet to them? Appreciate your lovely comment.

    – Kitsmumma

  • UnEasy
    UnEasyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful as art, but this transcends art.

  • Such a lovely compliment, thank you so much UnEasy, truly appreciated.

    – Kitsmumma

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