The Brownie box No. 2 was my first old camera. When I got it, it was just a year shy of its centennial. I made a big point to take it everywhere the next year, as it turned 100. Now, it’s no longer my oldest regular shooter, but it’s probably the most simple.
The two older cameras predate the Brownie by a decade, but are 4×5 and a bit more labor intensive to use. The Brownie, being a 120 box camera, sees much more use.
Still, something has to catch my eye for me to use it. I’ve never been the kind of photographer who just shoots film to shoot film. I want each shot to mean something to me. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
In this case, we were driving north from Spiral Jetty, heading back to Seattle (which we did in a day, with a bit of a stop over in Shoshone, Idaho). It was a Sunday, and folks were just showing up at church. I drove past this scene and nearly decided to just blow it off.
But I had a rule for this trip – if I saw something I wanted to shoot, I’d go back and shoot it, time be damned. And, while dodging Mormons hurrying politely to worship, I did just that.
‘All Movement Stayed’
Camera: Kodak Brownie No. 2, Model D (1914)
Film: Kodak Ektachrome 64X (EPX); (x-10/1996); 32ISO