Personal History, With My Brownie Hawkeye Camera

I photographed my children with a 1950’s Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera, beginning when my oldest son was one year old and ending with his high school graduation, while adding my second son to the project after his birth. This past year, I resumed this work to photograph them as adults. The final product reveals a personal, intimate glimpse of their world, describes and conveys a sense of time and place, and reflects my lifelong interest in biography, portraiture, and history. The format of the camera creates technical challenges and influences my style of making prints. I look down through a plastic viewfinder that reverses and rounds the scene. Adequate light proves essential. A hand-turned knob advances the film.  With no controls, the results become unpredictable, attuned by intuition. 

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