The Joy of Box Brownie Cameras (2)

Part Two: Load your camera. There’s something wonderful, magical, even, about using a vintage camera for its true purpose. Not as an ornament, something to look nice on the shelf, but to genuinely take out and use. The almost spookily-accurate results are nothing to do with ‘old film stock’ – you genuinely can take photos so…

Interview: Pink Martini’s China Forbes

Saddlers’ Wells is not a venue noted for its music. But then Pink Martini are not a band noted for conforming to stereotypes. Somehow their eclectic mix of exotic rhythms and styles seem more suited to the world of dance than trying to shoehorn them into one musical form. Besides. They have found their spiritual…

The Fabulousness of Princess Margaret

Okay, so she never got to be Queen. Missed it by a whisker. Coming second has its advantages though, as Prince Harry will tell you. It allows a freedom you’d never have if you actually had to be monarch. Princess Margaret could be wild. She could break the rules. She could smoke and go out with…

Brownie Points

The joy of the Box Brownie. Part One – Buying a box camera. I’m always a bit surprised when people ask me if the box cameras I’m carrying around with me have actual film in them or worse, if they’re even real. They seem to think I’ve adapted them for use with a digital camera, or that I’ve somehow managed to hide…

Collecting Bakelite

Nothing says ‘Vintage’ more than something made from the classic Jazz Age material, Bakelite. But what is it – and if you own something made from early plastic, how do you look after it? Although Bakelite itself is 100 years old – invented almost by accident in 1907 by the Belgian Dr. Leo Baekeland –…