Found Objects – More Retro Camera Snaps

Published On March 7, 2011 | By Mike Carroll | Retro Camera

This is a continuation of my Retro Camera series. A small, creative* sidebar that I’m trying to exercise more when I’m out and about.

(*”Creative” — Hate this word. Sounds like I’m back in second grade during art class. If anyone has a better word please send it to me!!!)

This little phone has the tiniest of lenses. So small — a millimeter or something across — that I don’t know if it even qualifies for the definition requirements of being classified a “lens.” And yet it gets some amazing detail.

This 5 foot "A" used to be part of the "ARCO ARENA" lettering on what is now PowerBalance Pavilion, now on a pile of scrap alluminum awaiting recycling.

A NOTE: When I import the photos out of the camera they tend to look soft. So I tweak them in iPhoto: 1) Pulling down the Exposure by about 10%; 2) Boosting up the Contrast; 3) Boosting up the Highlights; 4) Finally pushing the Definition until it is crisp. I like the elements in focus to Pop!

I like Close-Ups because they completely isolate just exactly what the subject of the photo is. I also like to have shots of things without any people. By not showing a face to define a picture by being associated with a particular gender or race or ethnicity, as well as by not showing someone with a hair style or type of clothing that could give a clue to the time and place where the picture was taken — it makes the photo more generic and easier to associate your own story to it.

Also, by being in black & white and not in color they can take on a timeless persona. They could have been shot in St. Louis in the 1960’s or Des Moines in the 1980’s or Bakersfield yesterday.

Almost like a Rorschach test, they are up for the viewer to interpret.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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