My official Bio can be found on the Appligent web site.  Information about Portable Document Format (PDF) and my PDF Blog can be found on the Appligent Labs web site.

I started taking pictures in the 1960's using my mothers Kodak Duaflex camera which she purchased in the early 1950‘s.  I still enjoy using the Duaflex because of its incredible simplicity.  There are no focus, shutter speed or aperture controls. Simply point and shoot.  Unfortunately, Kodak discontinued manufacturing 620 film in 1995.  Though, 120 film can be wound onto 620 spools; and, there are some companies who do this commercially.  For example, 620 film can be purchased from B&H Photo Video.

Since that time I have worked with many different cameras; from fancy single lens reflex cameras with multiple lenses; to antique box cameras and even pinhole cameras.  For example:

  • Zero Image 2000 - Simple and elegant pinhole camera which uses 120 film.
  • Zero Image 4x5 - The workhorse of my pinhole work.
  • Olympus OM-1n - This is the camera I have wanted since it was introduced in the mid-1970's.
  • Leica DLux-3 - Small with manual exposure and RAW files
  • GigaPan Imager - Robotic camera mount for building huge panoramic photographs.

No matter the vintage or technology; the function of a camera is to capture an image.  The secret of photography, regardless of the type of camera, is to learn where to point the camera and when to snap the shutter.

Copyright 2015 by Mark Gavin