John Helmuth & His Film Camera

John Helmuth & His Film Camera

I love photography. I’m not all that good at it, but it’s something I love to do. And whether it be cars, watches, SCUBA, or photography, when I get passionate about something I always end up searching for its routes and geeking out on its history. Of course with photography, that lead me to become somewhat enamored with film.

In this age of digital narcisim, however, film is a total pain in the ass. It’s expensive, it’s frustrating, there’s no instant gratification, the learning curve is steep, etc… But still, when everything goes right and you get lucky and you catch that frame as you envisioned it, it’s absolutely magical.

And you know what’s even better? When someone else goes to all the trouble of shooting film and you just get to sit back and enjoy the magic. The photographer gambles and you get the payoff.

A few weeks back, John Helmuth headed over to the Jalopyrama with a host of old cameras and a bag full of film in tow and fired away with the idea of capturing the in-door gathering in a way an amateur would have in 1950’s. The results are nothing less than charming and while John is the one that put his time and money on the line, we are the folks that get the payoff.


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