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Kitchen de light

25 Jun

Kitchen de light

Tasma NK2 film and Zenit E, light in my St. Petersburg kitchen, a delight

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Retinette 1b and Porst Happy

20 Mar

Two more articles added to the Photo Encyclopedia

Kodak Retinette 1b

and

a piece on Porst Happy, a wonderful Diana clone

Porst Happy is a genuine early Diana camera, distributed by Porst, a German distributor of camera equipment and photographic suppliers, a mail order house and a retailer that operated from 1919 to 1996.

A guilt-free sort of photographic experience albeit somewhat expensive for most people due to outrageous costs of new 120 format film (in most places). I put it up for sale on Ebay, but if it won’t sell then that won’t be a big deal: I’ll just keep the toy for occasional (and intentional) wastage of film.

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Porst Happy is a conventional early model Diana camera, branded Porst for distribution in Germany. The camera allegedly dates from the year 1953, but I believe that to be an error, and the camera dates from 1963, it has synchro contact and a flash hotshoe.

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1/50 seconds – all plastic Film used 120 Focusing with a distance scale 1.2 meters to infinity Focusing scale is in meters and feet Three apertures (symbol settings of sunny, cloudy, very cloudy, I assume the equivalents of 16, 12, and 8) The camera is suitable for taking multiple exposures.

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St. Petersburg – Youth in Defense of Leningrad Monument

20 Nov

Because I am writing a guide to St. Petersburg and am taking pictures of what I am writing about, I get both new pictures and the text to accompany them. I am not going to dig through my old stuff but would occasionally, from time to time, not too frequently, post fresh scans of images taken in St. Petersburg.

That’s the introduction and below is the first entry:

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad, also and originally named to Heroic Young Pioneers monument, erected in 1962, officially dedicated to children who fought in defense of Leningrad and in the Leningrad region during the Siege of 1941-1944 against the predecessors of today’s Nato, the  Nazis  and their willing allies, but in a wider contents as it is narrated now the monument was created in the memory of the children of all ages who died during the siege (though I find that later claim does not jibe well with the monument’s heroic pathos).

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

The monument design was selected out of over two dozen proposals submitted for a public competition in 1958.  The winners, artists Ivan Kostjuchin (Kostiukhin), born 1927 and Sergei Novikov, born 1929 were in their early teens at the time when the NATO predecessors invaded Russia and by today’s standards were  extraordinary young sculptors to be awarded a public art commission – Sergei Novikov was just 29.  The architect overseeing the project, Alexander Alymov (1923-1998), who was just 15 at the time of the war, and volunteered to the army as a teenager, could also relate to the monument in a way few people of the (pretty rotten) postwar generation could. Unlike Soviet era nowadays practically nothing gets created in the way of public art and people in their late twenties or early thirties would never get a public art commission.

 

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Location:   St. Petersburg, Tauride Gardens or Taurian Gardens (public park built between 1783 and 1789, once estate of Gregory (Grigori) Potemkin.

 

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Shanghai GP3 100   black and white film

Rodinal developer

Pentacon Six

 

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Youth in Defense of Leningrad / Young Pioneers monument in Leningrad Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Санкт-Петербург