Aragon's Eye

At the Memphis Zoo with my Zenza Bronica (photo credit: Jenni Etzel)

When I was a kid, my dad let me use his fancy Sears T.L.S. 35mm camera. I remember getting excited in my teens and twenties when I realized I could get Kodak black and white film at the drugstores. Then life happened. I jobbed up, found a lovely victim…ahem…wife, procreated, and just generally let photography fall off the radar. That changed in 2014 when around November I was talking with a coworker about finding an old Polaroid for his granddaughter for Christmas. It  stirred the embers of my love of photography and I started snatching up old film cameras. This passion got even worse when I was informed by another coworker that I could actually develop my own film…in instant coffee. Then followed the epiphany that I could, in fact, develop color and slide film in my kitchen. This eventually culminated with a massive bout of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) as I snatched up a handful of the latest digital gear and an old Leica M3. In the last two years I’ve slowly built a decent little collection of fine (and not-so-fine) classic cameras, and filled shelves throughout the house. Here on Aragon’s Eye I’ll feature one regularly, hopefully after running some film through each, and showing the results. Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook.