This is an image created to illustrate an environmental portrait of an old camera called a “speed graphic”… the whole scene is meant to tell a story of a time when this camera was in use.

I hope you enjoy this marvelous piece of photographic history.

Here are some beautifully fitting words by "Wayne Cook ":

It’s setting atop my desk,
Bit dusty, but the bellows are still pliable,
Haven’t shot anything in it,
More than 20 years,
Maybe 30….
Oh, but the negs….
Glorious things,
Like still nuggets in reverse
I’d shine that enlarger through one….
Whew…. those celluloids,
Never lost my awe,
The figures almost came to life,
There on the table.
Something about that lifeless frame,
I swear it moves when I turn my back.
Breaks my heart to leave it lay,
But the film…oh, god, it breaks the bank!


  • Maria Murphy
    Maria Murphyover 6 years ago


  • Thanks Maria, I find myself very fortunate to have had access to this fantastic camera.

    – Alf Caruana

  • midzing
    midzingover 6 years ago

    fantastic shot,,, love everything about this,,, well done

  • yes I have to say a fav of mine also

    – Alf Caruana

  • Wendy thank you for Buying this print I did bubble mail you.

    – Alf Caruana

  • Deidre Cripwell
    Deidre Cripwellover 6 years ago

    This is magnificent.

  • Thank you Deidrie

    – Alf Caruana

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    ….all so beautifully put together… i love the old photos in the background, there is something significant about the fobwatch as my eye is drawn to it again and again, as I survey the image…my eye always comes back to rest on the watch… a full circle beginning with this gorgeous old camera….i wonder who’s hands have touched this camera, and what photos they took, the occasions it visited….fascinating and thought-provoking!

  • Thanks Karin for this great comment, the camera belongs to a newspaper and was used to cover news stories in the 40s

    – Alf Caruana

  • Kathleen Hill
    Kathleen Hillover 6 years ago

    excellent lighting and composition Alf, you would have to be so proud of this!

  • Thankyou Kathleen I’m happy the way I’ve portrayed the camera and to be able to show it.

    – Alf Caruana

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    oh, that is really coool to hear……i can imagine the photographer in a baggy brown suit with a hat…..thanx for that very interesting info!!!

  • Missy Miss
    Missy Missover 6 years ago

    genious! xx

  • Thanks MM appreciate it

    – Alf Caruana

  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolover 6 years ago

    excellent work!

  • thanks for saying so!

    – Alf Caruana

  • AnaCBStudio
    AnaCBStudioover 6 years ago

    Fantastic composition…beautifully done

  • thanks for your comment

    – Alf Caruana

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensover 6 years ago

    It’s a fantastic composition, the light is superb and I’m jealous as hell about the camera Alf. One of the best still life shots I’ve seen on RB to date.

  • thanks Pete your comments made my day and yes I would be jealous too :)

    – Alf Caruana

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