|One cannot have too many cameras.|
The iconic photo behind the two cameras was shot by Bill Beall as he chanced upon Officer Maurice Cullinane gently coaxing two-year old Allen Weaver back to the Curb. The photo won a Pulitzer award. And how could it not? Entitled Busted, the photo is a classic street shot. Unsuspecting protagonists caught at the decisive moment by the photographer.
I decided to use Beall's photo as a background for my Mamiya-6 as the camera came out about the same time as when Beall took his photo. Around late 1950s. The Mamiya-6 (note the hyphen) is different from the more famous plastic-bodied Mamiya Six, which came out in the 1990s. The former is a classic folding camera, which has long been forgotten. The latter is still used around. Actually the Mamiya-6 series debuted in the 1940s. My Mamiya-6 is the last version.
It is curious why Mamiya decided to resurrect the model name fifty years later. Perhaps, a period of fifty years is too long for one to remember the classic folding camera. I'm glad I have one. In my fantasy, I dream of having two. Thanks to the magic of Photoshop. Besides, one cannot have too many cameras, right?
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