Farewell to a Friend – Nearly a Whole Roll – By John Pemberton
In 45 years, I can count the number of cameras I have taken meaningful pictures with by using the fingers of two hands. Three of these cameras are still in regular rotation. Another is well maintained and could be of service if called upon. Two were traded in for upgrades along the way. Three now rest peacefully in happier pastures. Of these three, a Ricoh KR-30 Program, sits as a potential organ donor on a shelf in California. Two sit on a bookcase in the Photo-den of my house, a shelf below a stash of film and chemicals and a shelf above a growing collection of photobooks. They share the shelf with relics from Jenny’s family, 2 – 100 year old box cameras that work but with no right sized film to be found.