I haven't posted anything on this sub forum but I want to share with you something I think fits here and with APUG's over all ideas.
Recently, a friend passed away and I watched his family sell off his cameras, darkroom, photography and books. It made me think about my gear. I didn't just wish it to be sold off. So, I went over to a local high school and talked to the instructor there.
For the pass two months, I have taken my RB plus another to the school to let the students try their hand at medium format photography. Its been Great! I get to work with the kids and discuss the benefits of the camera like the information in one 6x7 neg is equal to a 35/40 meg digital camera. That the cost of such digital camera is that of a mid size sedan.
I watched one young man take his roll of film in hand and quickly spool it into a tank. It was like watching a small child on Christmas morning. He was that excited!
I now have a third RB coming, being donated by a noted landscape photographer and possibly a forth soon. So I feel that I'm giving my RB a new life.
Actually, one digital camera is the cost of the entire GDP of Sudan.
But... If I were to die tomorrow (Big Truck Theory of Life), I would feel sorry for my GF who would have 9 years of accumulated junk to get rid of including 50 cameras she knows nothing about, 4 enlargers, a ton of sheet film processing stuff, lots of chemicals, sheet and roll film to stock half a fridge, and let's not mention my woodworking tools and sewing machines. I won't mention my collection of antique coffee pots...
Keep up the good work. I am teaching one teen ager at a time, my daughter. No one else that I have seen in the Valley is very interested in learning the ins and outs of conventional photography. If it ain't an IPhone, it just ain't.
tim in san jose
Opps I spelled the wrong word.
I meant sedan the car not Sudan the country.
This is a lovely idea @robert, I shall try and see if it also works out here!