Brendon Kearns


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Found Photography: Crown Street Cache: Part III

A few more images off the negatives I picked up late last year

This hotel is still standing today in Mackay, Queensland

I had been contacted by another collector who identified the woman in many of the photos (including the image above) as Mollie Thomas; this is further substantiated by the name Thomas written on the actual cardboard negative sleeves.

I’d like to take more time to do some research on locations and people but trying to stay social, check off all the miscellaneous life errands, and keep on top of work is leaving me little time to even do any shooting of my own- the egg tray of my refrigerator is over loaded with rolls of unshot Tri-X and Neopan.

My study is getting full of stacks of old glass negatives, boxes of color slides, and rolls of black and white film that all need to be trayed, scanned and edited up- I’m hoping to get a breather sometime around mid-Feb when I can section off a clean weekend to keep things rolling.

Found Photography: 1950s Australian Suburbs

If you look closely at the photo above you can see its the same guy and girl from the previous set I found

All the shots above are off another roll I found at the same second hand shop as the wedding photos I scanned in last night- the stock this time was Kodak Tri X Pan Film.

The promiently shown car looks like a Ford Zephyr Mark II which would place the photos sometime after 1956.

I’m still lost as to the actual location of these or the previous roll although the license plate of the car does indicate New South Whales- it has the look of a new suburb at the time since the houses are all next to each other yet in the middle of nowhere. They’re an odd mix of country and suburban- heavy on the grape vine covered overhangs. As an American, it seems odd to me that with all that empty space surrounding them they would choose to build their houses literately a few yards or meters apart but maybe they were going for more of a town or village feel as everyone in the photos seems fairly close.

Found Photography: Australian Country Wedding

I found this full role of developed film with a paper lining wrapped around a cardboard box which in turn had a cardboard band around it and the film to hold everything in place.

There’s no marks on the box itself- the film stock was Kodak Tri-X Safety Film, which I believe places them sometime after 1954 as this was the year Tri-X was introduced the market. The size of the frames seem a little large to me as I was unable to fit 6 across in my scanning rack- I’m not sure if this alludes to the camera used.

The roll contains mostly shots of a wedding and various families posed near country side houses. Most of the framing centers around the woman in the first photo which makes me think this was probably a relative of hers.

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