My grandmother used to say: “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” I had to have one. I just had to have a little Minox spy camera. It was a neat little camera that slipped into my pocket. But the negatives are tiny with a mere 8mm x 11mm image area. I had one roll of processed film and a handful of prints from that roll to work with. Wishes? Instead of wishing for bigger, higher quality negatives, I worked with what I had and picked my four favorite images.
I wonder if this young woman even knew I was right in front of her taking her picture? She was deep in her own world completely unaware that I had captured a particularly expressive moment in her life.
Hands can be so expressive. The posture of mother (I’m assuming here) and child says it all.
Another decisive moment. I love the woman’s smile, her posture and the atmosphere of this shot. A genuine human moment.
Another human touch. Another smile. Another moment in the life of a Saigon street vendor. This is kind of a fun image. The shy smile, the woman’s hand and her friend with the neat hat squatting across from her. The baskets help pull this image together.
Getting these images into a presentable format was a challenge. I used scans of the prints for the middle two and tricked my Minolta scanner into scanning the tiny negatives for the first and last images.
The Minox lab (I had these developed in the States right after I came home) did a real number on my film. They managed to fog the edges of some frames, scratched others and all of them are filthy.
I got rid of that camera after one roll of film. Fortunately, I salvaged a few good shots from that roll. Enjoy.