Photos Taken Through The Viewfinders Of Old Cameras

September 19, 2008 at 1:02 pm (amazing things, art) ()

Via Boing Boing, this is fucking great. It’s a Flickr pool of photos taken through the view finders of old cameras — that is, a two-camera image made by photographing what appears in the magical little world of an old fashioned viewfinder. Many old cameras, like that incredibly beautiful machine, the Rolleiflex, have a viewfinder in which one looks down to see the image projected onto a surface, like a piece of ground glass; in modern, single lens reflex cameras, looking through the viewfinder is just peering through the lens.

The photos are beautiful — old fashioned viewfinders are, in my opinion, one of the most wondrous inventions of all time. (And it’s nothing like what you seen on the LCD screen of a typical digital camera, by the way. The color and texture simply don’t compare.)

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Image uploaded by studio 520.

There are many dozens to see. Highly recommended.

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