Kodak Retina I Type 117, 27 July 2011


Sorry about my absence over the past week…enjoying my continuing adventures in unemployment. Life is fun! On the plus side, I still have a ton of old film scans to share…and y’know, if I run out of those, I’ve got tons of negatives from way back in college that I’ve never scanned. For now, though…here are some more from my Retina.

RetI-117 CHI TMax100 LV-PresbChurch01B

RetI-117 CHI TMax100 MerchMart01B

RetI-117 CHI TMax100 MilwaukeeAveS01B

RetI-117 CHI TMax100 MilwaukeeAveS02B

Photo Information:

Camera: Kodak Retina I Type 117
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 50mm f/3.5 Xenar
Film: Kodak TMax 100 (135)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lakeview Neighborhood

This is a photo of the steeple at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in – you guessed it – the Lakeview Neighborhood. The Church was completed in 1888 (while Lakeview was still an independent own prior to its incorporation into Chicago) and designed by Burnham & Root;  in case the latter sounds familiar, the firm also designed by much more well-known Reliance Building in downtown Chicago, which is widely regarded as being one of the precursors to the Modernist architectural style. The Church itself is an excellent example of the late 19C Shingle Style, though of course, the shingles you see here are relatively new. Though I do appreciate sacred architecture when it is rendered in stone, I do also love wood buildings, so it’s a refreshing change of pace to see a church built entirely of wood.

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; River North

This is the center portion of the massive Merchandise Mart in the River North area; the building is sometimes referred to as the Merch Mart, or simply The Mart – because, seriously…when your city is home to one of the largest commercial buildings in the world (it houses over 4 million square feet of rentable space – for reference, a typical 2-bedroom apartment contains a little over one thousand square feet) that’s called the Merchandise Mart, what other mart could they be referring to? Anyways, I shot this photo from around mid-span on the Wells Street Bridge, which is on the southeast side of the Mart. For those of y’all who aren’t intimately familiar with Chicago geography, the Mart is situated on the north side of the north branch of the Chicago River with only a short strip of land between it and the latter.  It’s a very recognizable landmark along the north branch of the river.

Photo 3 & 4:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Bucktown Neighborhood

These two photos are views of the intersection of Damen, North Avenue, and Milwaukee in the Bucktown Neighborhood. Due to the unique shape of the intersection (between a north-south, east-west, and a diagonal street), this is one of my favorite locations in the city. It’s also quite active, as you can see from the cars and pedestrians in the shots – even during late winter.



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