I thought maybe if I give it a French title and call it “experimental” or “abstract”, you’ll see past the fact that it’s just a crappily (is that a word?) focussed photo of my cat, Azrael (yep, just like the one from the Smurfs, but not as friendly). I just found something endearing about it (the photo, not the cat, although she does have some redeeming features. Catches the occassional mouse, that sort of thing) – although I can’t quite put my finger on it. It may just be that it actually is crap, and I’m trying to convince myself otherwise. I might delete it – we shall see!

Anyway, this was from the first roll of film I put through a “new” toy – a Zeiss Ikon Contina II, made around 1956. You have to scale focus. Obviously that side of things needs a bit of work ;)

This is the camera:


cat, film, 35mm, analogue, black and white, melissa drummond, zeiss ikon contina ii

Born in Victoria, now living in the outback of Western Australia, I love nature, music, and photography. I’m passionate about our environment, sustainability, and documenting the impact we’ve had on the planet.

I shoot both digital and film, and have a quirky collection of toy and vintage cameras that are a lot of fun to experiment with.

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  • LouJay
    LouJayabout 4 years ago

    I don’t know what it is either – but sometimes blurred images like this give a sense of sleepy intimacy – just waking up – that sort of feel which works and is expressive, dreamlike and we are led beyond to the far wall, wondering what is there. Now that is either a constructive comment or a bunch or dribble!

  • Haha! I don’t think it’s dribble at all (but if it is, then that’s ok because I am conversant, and some would say fluent, in dribble!) – it’s completely constructive. Thanks Lou – interesting to hear what you think, because I’m not sure what I see in it, and what appeals. I just know that there’s something about it that I like.

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingabout 4 years ago

    I think it is great. I like the fact that the back corner is in focus….most things from old cameras are great! will you show us a picture of the camera? My zeiss ikon is earlier than yours and I’m not sure how much they changed

  • Thanks Soxy! I love the look you get from old cameras too. And speaking of which, here she is (I did up a little collage for you!):

    I have a plastic, 35mm Russian heap on it’s way as we speak. Should be fun :)

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Marie Wintzer
    Marie Wintzerabout 4 years ago

    Cool shot, and I love your cat’s name :-)

  • Thanks so much Marie! The name really suits her – we call her Azi for short :)

    – Melissa Drummond

  • stephaniemwood
    stephaniemwoodabout 4 years ago

    Salut, chat! Comme ca va?
    I love this shot! xox

  • Meeeooow! Merci bien, Mademoiselle Stéphanie!
    (My French only extends so far – I have to rely on google translate!)
    Thanks heaps, Steph xx

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingabout 4 years ago

    looks great thanks for showing me

  • no worries :)

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 4 years ago

    Amazing sweetheART love it – inst fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thanks very much Valerie – glad you like it, and thanks too for the fave :)

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordabout 4 years ago

    I like it, the focussed area in the back r/h corner anchors it – it has an artsy feel to it, love the tones :))

  • hehe I didn’t even notice that bit at the back that was focussed until you and Soxy pointed it out! Thanks again Trish :)

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Sandy Sutton
    Sandy Suttonabout 4 years ago

    I think it’s a keeper mate. Honestly, le chat ist le good!

  • thanks Sandy – glad you like it. I think I’ll keep her too – I’m just never sure with the ones that are a bit different :) Cheers x.

    – Melissa Drummond

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