Friday, October 22, 2010

To the Ends of the Earth

Continuing the serendipitous theme of adventuring gear, Laurent Gontier sent over a few shots of his own prop collection. You can see more of his work at his website (in French).

I like these presentations so much because they capture a little of the adventuring spirit of a bygone era. It's amazing how an artfully collected series of objects can fire the imagination.









7 comments:

ArtSnark said...

wonderful selection & well shot. Thanks for sharing - off to check it out

laurent said...

Hey ! Thanks so much for posting my pictures. I'm really thinking about going back to the prop making business and maybe opening a page on Etsy.

CoastConFan said...

Photo 2: A stereo camera very nice and what looks like a MAB model D. I’m curious about the make of stereo camera you have pictured.

ArcaneRadio said...

Drool, I love antique props like this with wood boxes and the hardware. That's the sort of thing I want to be able to make.

laurent said...

well, actually, the gun is a Walther model 4
And the camera is a Verascope.

CoastConFan said...

Ah, yes we don’t see many Walter 4s in the U.S. rather PPs and Mauser HSc’s. The distinctive barrel was hidden in the shadows. The Browning 1900 and the 1910 were very popular both in Europe and the U.S. during that time as well.

So the camera is a Versacope. Stereo camera are a little scarce these days. I have played around making my own stereoscope slides by using a sliding jig and a 35mm camera. The rig is mounted on a tripod and each slide requires that the camera be exposed twice: once for the left and the other for the right. Its not very satisfactory as you have to slide the camera the 2.5 inches to the second position in the jig to expose for the right side of the card. The time required to make a full card pretty much precludes any sort of action photography. I have been looking into some of the digital setups lately.

laurent said...

To make stereo digital photos, there's a device you can plug on your reflex camera that makes two pictures in the same time. T-Your image is divided in two. Check there http://www.rugift.com/photocameras/3d-stereo-photography.htm