A little while back I walked into Mainline Photgraphics in Crows Nest. Scott always has tempting cameras and accessories on display, but my purchases had all revolved around Leicas and their bits and pieces. The thought of using a large format camera hadn’t crossed my mind. And then I saw this.
It is a Zone VI 4X5 camera. Buying it brought a lovely bonus. Scott knew I had absolutely no idea of how to use it, and suggested that Michael Lawrence-Slater, its previous owner might like to help out. Jonathan Zwartz and I spent a happy afternoon with Michael at his home as he patiently and graciously took us and the camera through it paces. On a subsequent visit to my office Michael introduced me to the idiosyncrasies of Polaroid Type 55 , a single sheet film which gives a polaroid, and a negative. Here are two recent shots taken in my office of Jonathan and Mark “Hollywood” Rivett.