[first published on http://www.JohnnyMartyr.com in 2015] The Agfa Optima Parat is a beautifully quirky compact, fixed lens, scale focus, 35mm half-frame camera, made in Germany in 1963. I bought mine in 2008 from Tina Waters, the curator of Gallery 61 in New York. I paid $70 for it as a tested, working copy and today, […]Read more "A Rave Review of the Agfa Optima Parat"
In the 1980’s, when I was a kid, my mother worked for the Carr Lowrey Glass Company in Baltimore, Maryland. Carr Lowery was a staple of Baltimore industry and was the birthplace for many famous mass-produced glass items such as the collectible AVON bottles of the 1970’s which were shaped like cars, antiques, people, animals, […]Read more "Keep Closed When Not In Use; A Tribute to My Mother"
Tricia is one my wife Stephanie’s best friends and today is her birthday. Tricia was one of the first people to whom Stephanie introduced me when we first started dating. And Tricia is one of the people who’s been most consistently THERE in Stephanie’s and my life to see us through our various stages, always […]Read more "My Favourite Photos of Tricia"
With film shooters moving to larger formats and digital shooters using face-palm-inducing software to emulate the look of film, a 35mm shooter begins to wonder “What cool characteristic can 35mm film provide that no other format can?” Enter the frame burn. Unexposed 35mm film comes to us in a metal canister with a […]Read more "35mm, the Art of the Frame Burn"