Thinking at the Fire


Thinking at the Fire

One weekend in October, I took a camping trip through the eerie landscape left behind when the five cubic miles of water from prehistoric Lake Missoula gouged its way through the Palouse wheatfields at the end of the last ice age.  Carving out the Columbia Gorge from Western Montana to Portland, Oregon, this seven hundred foot-high wall of water must have been heard and felt for hours before it carved its way through the rolling hills, scooping out Grand Coulee and Palouse Falls.  I camped in my little tent  next to the cascading waters of Palouse Falls in below-freezing temperatures, warm in my sleeping bag under a space blanket.  Each night, my fire kept me warm and cooked my supper, then made my morning coffee after I broke the ice out of my water bucket.  One night, I set up my No. 1 Kodak on my little pocket tripod, then sat pensively gazing into the flames for several minutes while I took this exposure.  My image is partially transparent, as if I am not totally present in that time.  It matches the unearthly quality of this eroded landscape in the moonlight.

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2 Responses to “Thinking at the Fire”

  1. Bjorn Moe Says:

    Hi,
    now that digital is here it it very nice to read the all the nice stuff you are producing about older cameras and taking photos usuing film.
    I often do what you do, use digital for speed and family, but when enjoying myself I use my Century or another film camera. Unfortunately I have not got around to what you are doing so briliantly; sheraring photos and history with us.
    I will keep on reading and be inspiered by your work.
    All the best from Norway. (and sorry bout the spelling, it is getting late here.)

  2. randcollins Says:

    Thank you, Bjorn for your thoughts. Feedback like this really makes writing about vintage cameras worthwhile, as I know that someone out there appreciates my work. I hope that it is helpful.

    I will have postings about camera restoration in the future.

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