AGFA - CHIEF

c.1940

There's nothing special about the Agfa Chief. They're very common metal box cameras. They make 6x9 images on 620 film.

This camera had a roll of Kodacolor - x in it. The red window showed the number "8 ." I rolled it up and put it on the shelf until last night.

I stuck the roll, along with another roll of Kodacolor and a roll of T-Max 400 in my tank and poured in some Accutol at 1:10 for about 10 minutes. The T-Max was my "January Fog" post. One Kodacolor produced black frames and the other, from the Chief produced three printable frames.

I scanned the frames in an Epson Perfection 3200 as color negatives and tweaked the contrast a bit.


That's something like a 1967 Ford next to the lady with the semi-beehive. No doubt that's the sailor's mom. She doesn't look too happy and I think I know why. There was a little police action going on in Southeast Asia at the time.

 Dad is taking the picture. The young woman is happy. Her man is in The U.S. Navy and they're young and full of promise. Even her right foot is happy.

Years ago photographs meant special occasions. We didn't snap away like idiots, photographs cost money. I wonder if it's a coming home or going away.

Even ashore this sailor is at attention. He's got the face too. He's got his arm around his girl in a polite, military way.

The photographer backed up a few feet and took the same picture as above. That means it was a special occasion. You took two to make sure "it came out." I hope it was a homecoming.

 

Hooya.