Black and white film photography has been my favorite photographic medium for years. Since before I developed my first roll of 35mm film and made my first print with an enlarger. I always loved looking at old black and white family photo albums that had been shot decades before I was born. The dramatic contrast always captivated me, unlike newer color images which just looked like what I saw every day.
The first camera I ever owned was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye 620 film camera that my grandfather gave to me when I was six. I took many pictures with that camera for many years, and then a parade of 110, 126, instant, and other film cameras before I finally decided to get serious about taking pictures. The summer of the year I turned 15 I worked at Spring House Country Day camp, and we got paid one lump sum at the end of the summer, which I put directly into the bank. I sat on that money for months while I researched 35mm cameras, which back then took a lot of work since there was no internet. I visited multiple camera stores, the libraries, and actually called manufactures to ask questions. I finally narrowed it down to two cameras The Pentax K100 and the Fujica st6o5N, and the winner was the Pentax K1000 which I still believe is the best beginner 35mm film camera ever made, or for any level user for that matter.
And years later the images continue to come, different cameras and equipment, changes in film, paper, scanners and a host of other changes, but still a love for film photography and to make images.