The Curse of Chrome
Perhaps it should be added to "The Ten Commandments Of Our Faith", that for street photography you need black cameras.
I love black cameras and find them extremely fancy as well, but only at a single instance: when I paint them myself.
Not that I am a great painter, perhaps the contrary, but it happens in most of the cases that when a camera comes in a black version, it comes fully black, and mat black. Dead black. And with wrinkling street lights in white, announcing its trademark for people 50 meters away.
When I black paint a camera I use to cover with black the trademark, but I leave unpainted those tiny brilliant chromish parts, that give a very slight spark, unnoticeable for the street pedestrian, but making a huge difference for me in terms of how the camera looks. And BTW, I use brilliant black. This combination is for me the most beautifull of all. Here and there i have seen this type of finnish mixing overall black and a sparkle of brilliant chrome.
This works for me in two cases. With the Kievs in whose case I use to buy front black plates from Alex with white nice logos, and with the Canonets, whose performance and acrobatics I love more and more, but its aesthetics are very low to my taste, so I have had no problem here in dismounting top and bottom plates for home painting.
So far so good, but now I am preparing a Yashica GX for the street, which i bought in chrome version. And here starts the curse of chrome.
The aesthetics of the Yashica GX are superb. Not only the general shape but also the interplay between the polished brilliant parts and the less brilliant chrome.
The camera is so much 100% functional that i am not going to open it even to clean a bit the viewfinder, not to speak about dismounting it for painting. In order to cover a bit the chrome, I am stiching myself a leather case, while I was thinking about sticking black tape to most of the chrome areas left nude.
And as much as I progress with the case, the original chrome conquests me more and more, leaving me unable to mess there some pieces of black tape or tappette, that soon will look as what they are.
This is the second time it happens to me. I also have out there a new from the case Lynx 14e, so new looking that I don't dare to touch. And I cannot go outside with such massive piece of shining silver, unless I go for showing off and nothing else.
This is the curse of beautifull chrome.
Last edited by ruben : 09-29-2007 at 15:26.