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Remember last month I visited Thision Flea Market. A few hundred meters away lies Plateia Avissinias between Monastiraki and Thission.

It a nice little square with many antique shops and Every Saturday its packed with many sellers in an iconic flea market.

When I arrived it was almost 16:30, so most of the traders had left, the square was empty and only the local shop owners where left gathering their items into their shops for the next day.

I took some shots and had a nice talk with one of the shop owners George about some old typewriters and film cameras.

Early 20th Century Firefighting Water Pump

Early 20th Century Firefighting Water Pump

Old Diving Helmet

Scales

Time Travel Shopping

1950s Blogger

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You can save A Book From Oblivion.

A.Feininger “On Photography” Revised Edition 1953.
Last Week I was at the flea market and I was looking around some old books.Then I noticed a big old book which only had on its spine something written in English. I looked closer and it was titled “On Photography” Revised Edition 1953 By A.Feininger. For 2 Euro or 3 USD it was a steal.

The book was in good condition, the cover was a bit dirty but the inside pages where in excellent condition. 

I didnt know who Feininger was and only when I did some small research I learned that he was well known B&W photographer.


Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999) was an American photographer and a writer on photographic technique. He was noted for his dynamic black-and-white scenes of Manhattan and for studies of the structures of natural objects.

Here is a part of a documentary about him.



The great profit from this book for me was the insight of a long gone era, where B&W film photography ruled. The basics of photography technique’s are outlined with simple words easily understood.


The photograph’s in the book are beautiful and can provide inspiration for your own work.

Bottom line its a book on photography,that it technologically outdated but its principles are still much needed in our digital realm.

Most Importantly Its a part of Photography History,for that alone it needs to be preserved.

Saving Film Cameras from oblivion,what a bargain !

Last Sunday at the local flea market i found 2 film cameras that i just needed to add to my little collection. I always had a crash for the Yashica Electro 35 GSN, since it was a camera that my dad had and i always fancied it’s retro look.

This camera was in such a nice condition shiny that caught my eye. The lens was clear and smooth, since it had a dead battery i took the risk to test it afterwards at home. The price 20 euros was good and the seller through in a Rollei flash unit E15 (no charger unfortunatelly). After putting a DIY 4 LR44  pack the camera came to life. Testing with film on the way.

But then i layed my eyes to a small 50s camera a Halina 35X, Labeled Empire made , 1959, Hong Kong

Shiny clean, but stiff focucing ring, but 5 euros. Classy/Nerdy paperweight? What the heck I will take my chances.

BONUS= Film inside, waiting for update. Also a film to be tested in.

I am a photography enthusiast, that finds any attempt to capture our world on any form, film or digital fascinating.

Dont be afraid to use any means available, such as smartphones, digital of film cameras even a pen and paper.