Kodak Brownie Junior 620, 12 September 2011


And now, because I do hate leaving things on a “down” note, here are some cheery photos I shot with my Brownie!

BrownieJr620 CHI PanF+ HotelStBenedictFlats01B

BrownieJr620 CHI PanF+ LaSalle&MonroeE01B

BrownieJr620 CHI PanF+ LaSalle&MonroeS01B

Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Camera: Kodak Brownie Junior 620
Lens: Unnamed Integral Kodak
Film: Ilford PanF+ (620)

The subject of the first photo are the Hotel Saint Benedict Flats (completed in 1882 and designed by James Egan); despite being originally designed as exclusively as apartments, the first floor units (and, in some cases, the lower level units) are now converted to retail units. I’m not even sure if the upper levels are residential anymore, though if they are, I’m fair sure they’re expensive units nowadays, given their proximity to the Mag Mile (being about a block west). The other two photos are shots of the Loop seen from the intersection of LaSalle and Monroe. In the second photo, you can see the Inland Steel Building in the center (completed in 1958 and designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill; one of my favorite modern buildings in the city). In the third photo, you can see the Chicago Board of Trade Building (completed in 1930 and designed by Holabird & Root) at the intersection of LaSalle and Jackson (LaSalle doglegs to the east at Jackson, and continues south alongside the CBT Building). And yes, if you must know, I did take this photo while standing in the middle of the street. Oh, don’t worry…LaSalle is actually not that busy in this part of the city, probably due to the fact that it effectively dead-ends a few blocks south at the CBT Building, so it isn’t that difficult to time walking into the street during red lights to take photos such as this one. I may actually reshoot this one from a block further south, though…I wasn’t sure how much of the CBT Building would be in the shot (the Brownie has a very small, rather antiquated waist-level finder, so it’s difficult to get an accurate idea of how much the camera will capture), so I figured Monroe would be a good place for it; judging by the ratio of the CBT Building’s height to the height of the photo, I suspect that a block closer would’ve worked better. Ah well…live and learn, right?



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