Garage Sale Finds, Photography, Vintage Photography

Will we ever have another Vivian Maier moment?

img_3910  I just love the story of Vivian Maier. If you are not familiar with this fascinating story, go to and check it out. In a nutshell, she was a nanny who loved taking pictures over 50 years ago. After her passing, her rolls of film were discovered in a storage locker, and there were approx. 100,000 negatives and slides, according to the web site. These were purchased at auction and prints were being made and released about her work.

Although my post here is not about her, but more along the lines of finding exposed rolls of film at local estate sales or finding them inside used cameras and having them developed and scanned.What would you find? For me personally, I was excited to find about 8 rolls of undeveloped exposed 120 film. I was excited to get these black and white rolls processed  to see what I might find. However, I was a bit disappointed as most rolls had no images on them at all. One roll was of pictures taken in a museum and one roll had images of a nude male model in a variety of poses. No clue as to who he was, or when the pictures might have been taken. But I will continue to hunt for these at estate sales.

But the question I ask today, with all the millions of digital images being taken and possibly hidden on some old PC or storage cards, will we ever discover another Vivian Maier?

Also check out the documentary, Finding Vivian Maier.


Camera Gear, Garage Sale Finds, Photography

Rite of Passage-What the VW bug and Pentax had in Common.

Back in the 60’s and 70’s it was quite common for a young mans first car to be a VW bug. They were plentiful and cheap and often seen at many high school parking lots. The bug was a rite of passage for a 16 year old boy to drive. I always wanted one, had many friends that did. However my first car was a 1962 Ford Falcon that I bought for 75 bucks from a good friend. Looked like crap, but hey, it was transportation. The other right of passage to any aspiring photographer was their first camera. In school, the instructor made everyone get the Pentax K1000 because it was the best camera to learn photography. Everything was manual. I never had one of these either. Certainly having my Canon AE-1 Program which was fully automatic (except focusing) you didn’t need to learn about the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. I kinda missed all that whilst setting my camera to P for Program, almost all of the time. Never did use manual. Today with my Canon EOS 60D, I almost always shoot in manual mode, unless I am somewhere and the situation calls for speedy transitions. However, back to Pentax. So I missed out on learning photography the right way and a few years ago I bought one off of Craigslist for $25. Can I tell you I absolutely love this camera? There is a certain feeling you get when you are controlling the process, turning the aperture ring on the lens, setting the shutter speed and watching where the match needle hits thru the viewfinder. It took me awhile, but I finally had my rite of passage with this camera. How about you, did you have one?