graflexguy
graflexguy:

Usually I try to preserve things as best I can out of historical interest. I bought this camera for $70, and it was a hot mess, leather cracked and falling off, metal parts badly oxidized. I said screw it, and stripped the leather, diluted the old horse glue, and refinished the wood, which as it turns out is Honduran Mahogany IIRC.
The result was, what I believe to be a pretty beautiful camera. I do, however, urge you to not do the same to a camera that is in good condition. If you want to modify or customize a Graflex, please find one that is in rough enough shape that it is very difficult to restore.

Another example of a stripped down Anniversary Speed Graphic - this camera is quite beautiful.

graflexguy:

Usually I try to preserve things as best I can out of historical interest. I bought this camera for $70, and it was a hot mess, leather cracked and falling off, metal parts badly oxidized. I said screw it, and stripped the leather, diluted the old horse glue, and refinished the wood, which as it turns out is Honduran Mahogany IIRC.

The result was, what I believe to be a pretty beautiful camera. I do, however, urge you to not do the same to a camera that is in good condition. If you want to modify or customize a Graflex, please find one that is in rough enough shape that it is very difficult to restore.

Another example of a stripped down Anniversary Speed Graphic - this camera is quite beautiful.

filmus-monochromus

Dear followers

filmus-monochromus:

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I am writing to inform you of the tragic passing of my father Andy, better known as Filmus Monochromus. His death was due to cancer and was quick and peaceful.

I thank you all for the love and support you have shown my father through the years and i hope to still continue the uploads, not daily but at least frequent.

- Jack

This is incredibly sad news. Andy was a stand out character in the film photography Tumblr community.

If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that I’m in the process of fixing and customising an Anniversary Speed Graphic that I bought from eBay.

Originally I wanted to simply make my own bellows and then start using it. As time went on though, I realised that creating your own bellows is trickier than I had appreciated so I’ve now outsourced it to a guy in Belgium who is a pro at this kind of thing.

I didn’t stop there though, while the bellows were away, I started to break down the camera into it’s individual components to clean up and create the look I want for this camera.

I’m having a lot of fun with this project and you can follow me on Instagram to keep up with it.