My Phat Yashica Mat; Mono Wedding Shots in Pembrokeshire

I mentioned in my last post the family sortie to Pembrokeshire and a wedding party; sunshine, beautiful views and gorgeous vegetarian food. Old friends and acquaintances and a chance (is it really SO wrong to do this at a wedding?) to network. Sadie Gould who works on a Guardian picture desk obviously was a clear network opportunity surely? Why some should have interpreted it as ‘flirting’ is beyond me though the fact that I’d not brought any business cards with me left my protestations muted.

Anyway it turns out that a vintage Yashica Mat Twin Lens reflex camera is not unlike a babe magnet; obviously you need a fairly powerful geek filter fitted to get the best out of it and probably while you’re doing that slap on some factor 50 duffer protection but apart from that you’re good to go. Anyway my point is that the young people seemed to go for this vintage nonsense. I’m not surprised really as the ubiquity of digital chaff must start to do something to the brain eventually; film must be starting to look somewhat unusual if not exotic. 

Or possibly, like the well-brought-up children that they were, they had been tasked with taking it in turns to humour the daft old bugger. Come to think of it I did think it odd that just as I got to the interesting bit (showing them the actual inside of the camera) I’d have to start explaining it all to someone else…

And here are the pictures I salvaged from 24 exposures.

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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  1. Ian says:

    Really good – so thats the wedding photographer thing up and running.

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