A couple of new toys I couldn’t resist! The ‘Hasselblad’ style box camera is a German made Ising Pucky 1 made between 1950 & 1954 and is very well specified – focussing lens, three apertures and two shutter speeds – instant & time – shutter interlock to prevnt double exposures and is made from aluminium; nice and weighty. This one came complete with its original leataher case in very good condition, just a bit of shoe polish had it shining! I cleaned up the rather dull aluminium frame with a chrome polish and it shines! The earlier model was made in bakelite. Both models take 120 film so I’ll be trying mine out soon…The other camera with original box and instructions is nigh on mint; I already have two of these, and am amazed at the quality achieved with such a basic plastic camera. Again it takes 120 film, but makes 24 shots at 35mm size, 24x36mm. One of my others I butchered – (it was already pretty scruffy) -by chopping out the frame inside the body to a square format, which gives some rather tasty vignetting…Watch this space for updates when I get out shooting with them…Incidentally for those who might be interested, these pics were taken on a couple of our classic pinball machines for a bit of nice warm lighting..
Just a note to say that we have now been open a month in the newly re-launched Profile Gallery and it has been great to have welcomed in quite a few old faces along with a fair few new ones, despite the still freezing temperatures…..we have settled for the Spring at least on opening three days (also running the original Montage Gallery in Castleton for three days, Thurs to Sat) – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, around 10.00 – 4.00, 5.00 on Sat, but as things get busier this will increase. You can also follow what we are up to on Facebook at Profile Gallery, so if you are in the area drop in and say hi if you can find the time. Exhibits are changing and gradually building with the addition of new work so there should be something for you to browse through that you may not have seen before (and even buy…..although you won’t be held to that……..).
I now also have a small display of the Redcar Jazz Club work in the newly opened Redcar Beacon in Rock & Rollabilia, on the fourth floor, from where you get quite a view of the surroundings, and only a few hundred yards from where those shots were originally taken back in the 60s….must admit when I shot them I could never have envisaged this scenario! Go along and have a look.