Old things have significance

A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness.© Zadok Rabinowitz

I updated my Facebook profile photo this week. Inspired, I took a self portrait with my Dad’s old camera, a Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II, as a prop. The camera itself generate a few questions on Facebook so … I’m following up with a post about the camera itself.

When I was a boy, my Dad bought the Asahi/Pentax. I don’t remember too much about the camera itself but I do know that this was the family camera. The camera my Dad took with us on family vacations or when we would adventure around the island we were living in. We moved around the Caribbean quite a bit when I was younger.

I’m not sure how I obtained the camera — perhaps my mom sent it to me or maybe it was my dad — but I do know why I keep it. Nostalgia. I know what it’s like being a new parent and wanting to capture every moment of your child’s early life. I know I did. I imagine my Dad running around behind myself or my younger brothers taking photos of us playing on the beach in Bequia or riding our bikes for the first time. I’m sure my mom has those photos hidden away somewhere.

Old things have significance
Asahi Pentax Spotmatix SP II
  • Aperture—ƒ/5.6
  • Camera—NIKON D40
  • Focal length—24mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/2500s

It’s odd that my Dad’s camera is a Pentax. I took a film photography course in college and bought my first camera; a Pentax P3. I remember being in love with black and white photography and the process of developing film. I spent hours in the dark room inhaling smelly chemicals. I think Bhavna has some negatives from those days stored in the basement.

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