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I like images where two ideas are opposite but somehow connected. This particular image was taken in Annapolis, MD. A rather exclusive and well-known restaurant, Harry Browne’s, exists on the circle that surrounds the Capitol building. Of course, not everyone has the money to eat there, and the right side of the image shows this.

This picture was taken using a plastic disposable camera. After shooting all of the frames I would remove the film and develop it, refilling it with another roll of black and white film. The advantage of using a disposable plastic camera was that I could not only take it everywhere, but also I realized that if something happened to it, I could simply load up another disposable camera. This disposable camera has been replaced with a tiny digital camera which I take everywhere.


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4 Responses to Dichotomy

  1. QuoinMonkey says:

    I used to work in diptychs and triptychs all the time, too. I love series kind of work. Interesting about refilling the disposable cameras. That seems really labor intensive. But then all the old-style methods required more patience and work. I enjoy your sites for the history they preserve about photography.

    What kind of tiny digital camera do you take with you now? And are there any ways that you find digital more satisfying than the wonderful old methods that we cut our teeth on?

  2. glsmyth says:

    I now carry a Nikon S3 with me most of the time. It’s nice because it is very small and takes good quality pictures.

    Without question, digital has its advantages. However, it also has its disadvantages. Case in point is the fact that I just returned from a week of vacation. My Nikon D70 crapped out on me the third day of the vacation, which did not set well with me. Fortunately, I had my S3 as a backup, and my primary plans for shooting was to focus mostly on large format (4X5″ and 5X7″).

    Digital is more immediate, but my personal preference is still to get into the darkroom and get my fingers wet.

    Cheers –


  3. ybonesy says:

    Lovely shot. I had to do a double-take as to whether it was two different shots spliced together. I’m amazed you did it with a disposable camera. It sounds like you got a lot of mileage off each disposable.

  4. glsmyth says:

    The early disposable cameras were quite easy to open, reload, and close. As time went on, they became more compact and considerably more difficult to open and close in the dark. I got a lot of use out of that old disposable camera and just know that had I taken any of my other cameras on canoe trips, they certainly would have ended up in the drink.

    Cheers –


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