I am one of the guest artists in the current show at Image City Photography Gallery. This is the bio displayed with the images.

I have been hanging around Image City Photography Gallery for close to ten years, exhibiting a couple times a year, and learning about life and photography from the other photographers who hang around here. As I say at pearwood.deviantArt.com, where I’m coming up on thirteen years, "I'm not leaving any time soon".

I bought my first personal computer in 1983; I have made my living with computers and networks for the last three decades or so. Shooting with no-batteries-included film cameras is my rebellion and sanity. I like the way fully-manual cameras slow me down and give me time to think. Developing my own black and white film lets me be more involved in the process.

When I decide to set aside my medium-format Yashica-D TLR workhorse and shoot 35mm rectangles, it's usually an Argus C3 Brick that I reach for. I got a couple from my dad when they broke up housekeeping and he gave me a bag of his old cameras ("and a couple of Bricks"). I had another given to me, and bought another one or two online. Swapping lenses is not trivial, so I leave one with the stock 50mm lens and another two with the Sandmar 35mm and 100mm lenses. The fourth in the working collection is one where I replaced the jammed lens with a pinhole cut from a Genesee Cream Ale can. Just because it wanted to be done.

Says Wikipedia, The Argus C3 was a low-priced rangefinder camera mass-produced from 1939 to 1966 by Argus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. The camera sold about 2 million units, making it one of the most popular cameras in history. Due to its shape, size, and weight, it is commonly referred to as "The Brick".

Be that as it may, for me, the C3 is magic. The images displayed are digital prints from scanned negatives (so I'm still hybrid). Most are with the 35mm or 50mm lens; Looking Up was taken with the C3 pinhole.

Steve Tryon, October 2017

Soli Deo Gloria