This is an update on the ongoing series covering my efforts to bring back a strange and beautiful piece of forgotten photographic technique.
I recently received an update from custom camera builder Kurt Mottweiler.
The latest project in the camera design process is this sleeve clamping system. The photos below show some of the details.
The outside parts are made from Baltic birch plywood so that they will have sufficient strength in this oval shape. Here they shown double-stick taped to the platen with a mark on the side of the front one showing the final target thickness.
This is the outer oval attached to the camera side panel with the clearance hole already cut. This oval shape seem the most ergonomically appropriate for the requirement. It is easy to slip your hand through.
This is the inner part. It is are from a black phenolic plastic and will be used to clamp the fabric to the inside wall of the camera after which the excess will be trimmed away. It has a temporary white paper guide attached to it for hole drilling and placement guidance.
Now I’ve got to stitch up a sample sleeve with an elastic rim at the outer end and see how it works.
I’m extremely happy with the progress Kurt is making. I’ll keep you informed.
Well its time for another adventure with master magician Pop Haydn. In this episode we find Pop working the W.C. Fields bar at the world famous Magic Castle.
Pop did 15 minute shows with short breaks in between for an entire four hour set. It was a learning experience to watch Pop work crowd after crowd. Subtlety tweaking the delivery of his lines for each crowd, it was a pleasure to watch.
Photographing Pop at the bar wasn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world. It was extremely dark and I had very few places to shoot where I wasn’t blocked by spectators. Another challenge was that I tried extremely hard not to be noticed by the audience. The Magic Castle is a rather exclusive club and it takes a bit of doing to actually get in the place. The last thing I wanted to do was take anything away from anyone’s enjoyment, as a result I couldn’t use a flash or run around like I normally do. I had to remain still.
Luckily for me I had my trusty Fuji X100 and it is an excellent low light camera. Since it utilizes a fixed focal length wide angle lens you have to get fairly close in to the action, but that makes for an interesting shoot.
I’d like to thank the good people at the Magic Castle for allowing me to shoot there. I’d also like to thank the Castle’s resident photographer Najee Williams for letting me into his playground.
Hopefully in the next installment I’ll be bringing you a photographic storyboard of one of Pop’s strange and wonderful adventures.