Plastic Camera – Dallas, Sunday Morning portfolio
This project started on Christmas several years ago. My assistant bought me a plastic camera, a Diana to be specific, as a gift. I hadn’t used a plastic or toy camera in the past but after experimenting with the Diana, and getting a couple of rolls of 120 film processed, I was hooked and looking for a project. I decided to photograph the old and new areas in Dallas and of course I included Fair Park, both during the State Fair and when Fair Park area was empty.
If you live in the Dallas area, you know that getting downtown in the morning during rush hour and finding a parking space that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is pretty much impossible. My solution was to go downtown very early on Sunday mornings when foot and car traffic is minimal, street parking is plentiful and the light is perfect.
Any downtown area at 7am on a Sunday morning is somewhat reminiscent of those 1950 movies where all life on earth, except for the hero, has been wiped out. On the Sunday mornings I went downtown. I was able to drive from one area to another, find a place to park, put in some change (yes, even on Sunday), hop out of the car and take my shot. The Dallas Photography project is not completed. I still have a fascination with the plastic camera.
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