The blog is Older Folder Year and it belongs to Mike who lives in Naillat, Creuse
Mike says of himself….
“I ran away from home when I was quite old! I was born & grew up in England, and I’ve lived most of my life in Gloucestershire, but I have worked & travelled in Europe quite extensively, especially France, which I love, so it seemed a natural place to run away to, when I had the chance of early retirement. I have taken photographs all my adult life, and although other pressures and passions have sometimes come to the fore, it’s always been there, often just rumbling along in the background, but always there. I love old cameras, they do surprise me with what they can achieve, so most of my stuff now is with vintage kit, and my discovery of the wonderful work that has been done with Caffenol, has been a big stimulus. I’m certainly not an artist, in fact, I’m not even an especially good photographer, but living where I do, in the rolling Limousin countryside of Central France, and often re-visiting the lovely County of Gloucestershire, in England, I don’t have to be. The photos almost take themselves, you just open the shutter, and let the beauty flood in!”
And, you know what, just like yesterday’s review, I found this an immensely interesting blog to review.
The blog starts in January with In The Beginning and Mike explains why he shoots medium format roll film, what cameras he has got and why you need so many pockets on your trousers or waistcoat!
The Blog reads in chronological order, that is to say, it begins at the beginning, and the latest post is last, just like the pages of a book or a letter. You cannot add comments to these pages directly, if you would like to comment, please send the comments to: email@example.com and he will add them accordingly.
Once the blog gets going it we get to learn about one of the cameras that Mike uses… 1939 Voigtlander Bessa 46 of which he says…
“Voigtlander was one of the worlds oldest optical companies, and was always noted for its imaginative designs, and this little folder is no exception.”
And in First Picture from Hard Drive we get to see the result!
In A walk around La Souterraine (1) we get to see a photo taken by a different Voigtlander – a 1950′s Voigtlander Perkeo 1 this time.
It’s worth clicking on the image and looking at it full size to see what a wonderful photo a sixty year old camera can take!
Are photographers thinkers?
Do they see deeper than most?
I suppose that those are questions that one might ask after reading War Memorial, Saint Vaury, Creuse 23, France?
Mike carefully and compassionately ponders the futility of war and wonders (in his own words)…..
“…why such an instrument of death and hideous injury as a 6″ trench mortar, has any place on a monument commemorating the sacrifices of an entire generation.”
A very powerful and thought provoking post!
So, summing up….
I don’t think that it should come as any surprise to you when I say that I love this blog!
It’s a real Life in France blog with a difference.
If you have an interest at all in photography I’d suggest that you rush down to take a look at Older Folder Year and, if you like what you see, send Mike an email to let him know.
And me? Well, I’m going to take A walk around La Souterraine (2) and find out some more about those S shaped braces you sometimes see on old buildings.
You know, I’ve always wondered how they worked!
All the best
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