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.
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