an hour, the shrine, an old camera and a roll of tri-x
Out and about a couple of weeks ago in the vicinity of St. Kilda Road and I had one hour in which to amuse myself. I’d been meaning to try and finish off the roll I had in the 1950s Voigtländer folding 6X6 camera I wrote about some time ago so I put it in my pocket and started walking up towards the Shrine.
I’m always surprised to constantly rediscover what a wonderful camera the Voigtländer is. For something so tiny and humble, it continually delivers outstanding results. The two pictures above are my current favorites from the nine or so I shot that day, although they all worked out pretty well, especially considering that there is no rangefinder or light meter in the camera. Which is, in itself, immensely satisfying because it kind of means you have to get it right without the comfort of those aids we normally depend on. A good way to test your knowledge against redundancy.
It was also really good to hear the little service that is conducted at whatever time I was there beside the “Greater Love Hath No Man” plaque in the centre of the interior of the Shrine of Remembrance. A light, representing the rays of the sun as they fall each year at 11am on the 11th of November, moves across the plaque and hovers over “Love” at exactly 11.
However it was wandering around the immaculately-kept grounds that I got the greatest sense of the respect and gratitude which is kept alive for those Australians who gave their lives in the service of our country.
And I think those feelings channeled through me into seeking a kind of formal composition that I’d perhaps not normally seek. Anyway, whatever, these pictures will always seem a bit special as a result of the experience.