Suitcase on the Bed (from the series Insomnia – Hotel Noir)
I have noticed recently that I have been having some visits to my blog from a web site called Weeping Ash, hosted by Roy Hammans. Upon checking out why I was getting linked in (ya all remember my interesting foray with the Large Format group), I found a wonderful collection of information about the British magazine Creative Camera.
Wow, this took me back many years when I was buying Creative Camera magazine as part of my photographic inspiration. So I went out to my library stacks (yes, the garage book shelf) and pulled out the 19 issues that I had purchased between 1969 to 1976 when I had let my subscription lapse. If I recall, I was also buying the magazine Camera, published from Switzerland.
Finding Creative Camera magazine on the US magazine racks was a big issue, usually I bought these magazines in the better camera retail stores or emerging photographic galleries. Thus the decision to buy a subscription thru Light Impressions in 1975. Which is about the time I took a zone system workshop and my subject matter shifted from my street images to the natural landscape, from 35mm to first large then medium format cameras.
When I first bought the magazine, is was a whopping $ 0.75 USD (yep, 75 cents) and then the price gradually increased over the next six years to $2.50 USD and it was going up again. Perhaps a bargin at todays prices, but at the time, seemed like it was getter pretty expensive.
Also interesting to note that the reason that I let my subscripton lapse was due to the publication of images that are now similar in thought as to my current series and projects. hmmmm. I think I forgot to mention in my bio the influence of this thin little magazine!
I have continued to relocate these magazines with me with each move we make. Increasingly, I find myself thinking that it may be time for me to part company with them, as I do not find myself looking at them anywhere as often as I once did. Nevertheless, for this next business trip, I am driving, so I think that I’ll bring them along to wonder throught them again over the next couple of days;- )
Best regards, Doug