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Art and Air 2012 and Smena 8M

I just spent three days as an exhibitor at Art and Air, on the grounds of Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO.
The weather was terrific, for an outdoor festival.
Artists supplied all their own tents and materials, show was strictly juried for inclusion.

The Smena 8M was a plastic consumer grade (cheap) 35mm camera made in the USSR by GOMZ in 1970. Many people consider it a "toy" camera and use it for "lomography." However, it actually has a fairly decent lens, a Cooke Triplet with coated glass surfaces. And it has a reliable shutter, 1/15 to 1/250 second, and focuses from infinity to 1 meter distance. So it can be capable of somewhat decent results.
I picked this one up at another Eden, on the freebie table at the ACG Gathering in Eden, North Carolina a couple of weeks ago, so the price was "more than right." After cleaning it, and making a new film takeup spool (camera was made for cassette-to-cassette film handling and had no built in takeup spool), it slipped from my hand and had a painful mishap.. that is, I dropped it and broke it. The upper film door hinge cracked in two. Several attempts were made at repair, but neither super glue nor epoxy would hold the stress at that point. So I fashioned the bracket you see, to make sure the door would stay closed tight in operation.
First day of Art and Air, I loaded a roll of Walgreens ASA 200 film, and squeezed off shots during the next three days at the Fair, and in the Old Orchard Neighborhood bordering the Fair.

Shots numbered 0021 and 0024 were a bit accidental. I had the shutter set for "B" instead of "15." I found that this is a VERY easy mistake to make with this camera. I made the mistake three times. The third time was in bright sun, and that frame was completely washed out, rather than being interesting.

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All images are 2012 E.J.Kowalski.
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