The following picture was a "picture perfect" moment in my studies. I was doing some Street Photography down Portobello Road last week and after walking for what seemed like ages, I came across a stall selling really old antique Cameras. If you have been following my site, you will see below in another post my experience seeing, holding and being enamoured by an original Lecia Camera.
Imagine my joy when I came across this authentic piece of equipment from the past, the classic Rolleiflex.
This camera was used by the sensational photographer Vivian Mayer.
The vendor selling this camera was asking £650.00. Seeing this camera made my day and I felt like I experienced a piece of history, I felt the same way when I was given an original copy of Dr J.N.Hofzinser's classic Book "Card Conjuring" from 1932.
Moments like this are a privilege regardless of your chosen subject. For me, my passion for the craft of magic and photography are the same. I am lit up and inspired by the great people who came before me. Ansel Adam, Vivian Maier, Helen Levitt, Henri Cartier Bresson, Brassai, Gary Winogrand Bryan Peterson are to photography what Dai Vernon, Tony Slydini, Harry Loryane, Darwin Ortiz, Dr Hofzinser, Robert Houdin are to the craft of magic, masters of the craft. To come in contact with a significant piece of history like this inspires me to be the best I can be with my camera.
Armed with my D90 and my favourite deck of cards, my life has purpose and meaning.
Life can be full of meaning and purpose when inspired by one passion.
To have two passions in life is a gift from the gods - my gift back to the gods is to fulfil my mission in life which is to communicate, love, create and make a difference.
I have a third passion, that's for another time.
I hope you enjoyed this little trip into photographic history.
Until then next time, thanks. x
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015