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Online portfolio and blog by Tony Gonzalez, family issues reporter for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville. I married my high school sweetheart, Katie, a designer and bookbinder. I like juggling, maps, baseball, and bullmastiffs.

Two years at The Tennessean, July 2011 to present. Three years reporting and editing at The News Virginian, 2008 to 2011. Editor of college and high school newspapers. Internships at The Star Tribune, The Detroit News, and The Toledo Free Press. Chips Quinn Scholar 2007.

Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors 2012 statewide Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting, as well as the Freedom of Information award, for Department of Children's Services project.

Gannett company-wide award 2012 for Watchdog Journalism

Associated Press Managing Editors 2010 International Perspective First Place for "The Borders Within," as well as Public Service Honorable Mention for investigation into troubled children's psychiatric hospital

2009 and 2010 winner, with staff, of the Virginia Press Association's highest award: the Award for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service.

Virginia Press Association 2008, 2009, and 2010 awards for crime, investigative, breaking news, and feature writing

2011 Robert Novak Fellow

Michigan Collegiate Press Association "Journalist of the Year" 2008

Chips Quinn Scholar, Class of 2007

Civil Rights Project DCS project
Borders Within Multimedia
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Shoot from the hip
Bolsey Model C viewfinder

My father-in-law collects vintage cameras, and we recently came across one at an antique store in Franklin, Tenn., that we knew he'd enjoy. The camera, a Bolsey Model C, is of the shoot-from-the-hip variety. The viewfinder is on top of the camera, so you look down into it to focus on your subject.

I have always enjoyed shooting photos through other lenses, including through binoculars (hand-held and those 25-cent versions at scenic overlooks), through my old Viewmaster, and through other types of glass. I took this series of photos mostly through the viewfinder of the Bolsey. Interesting note: the way the viewfinder works, everything is flipped. It's also hard to describe the sensation of looking down into it — it gives off the sense of a moving picture.

The rest of his collection includes a Kodak 3A, an Argoflex, a Brownie Jr., and a Brownie 1 (that we also got for him for another holiday). There's one image below, of the starfish, that was shot through a Rolleicord with a similar viewfinder.

Bolsey Model C camera

Bolsey viewfinder

Bolsey Model C camera

Rolliecord camera

Bolsey shoot from the hip

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