These photos are from the first roll of film I shot on a camera I purchased this summer from the kind people at Cute Camera Co. in Austin, TX, a Pentax K1000 made in about 1986. So far it’s been a joy to use. It’s like the AK-47 of Cameras. It does exactly what it needs to do, and nothing more. The K1000 has only three shooting controls: aperture, shutter speed and focus. This alone forces you to think about your picture instead of your camera. The camera feels tough, the controls are intuitive, and within just a couple of weeks of use I could guess my exposure using the Sunny 16 Rule.
Coincidentally, this is the same camera that Lazy Hustler, Ricky Powell used to shoot many of his iconic images like this one of Eazy-E in 1993. I realized this after watching “Ricky Powell: The Individualist” on Amazon Prime and couldn’t be more amused at the connection to a cultural history that I grew up in.
On to the photos… these are shot on Ilford Delta 400. I love the timeless texture of this film—uncannily reminiscent of those made in the 1950s and ’60s.
That Pentax K1000, I actually bought it off a crack head in Tompkins Square Park in 1988 for 50 bucks.
Ricky Powell – honorary fourth Beastie Boy