Through An Antique Eye – by Guy Rhodes

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Crew members of IndyCar Series driver Will Power push their car through Gasoline Alley prior to the 2013 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This image was created using a vintage Crown Graphic 4×5 camera loaded with Kodak Tri-X 320 film.

East Chicago based photographer, lighting designer, and filmmaker Guy Rhodes took some photos with an antique Crown Graphic camera at the 2013 Indianapolis 500 race.

No matter which one of my disciplines I’m working within on a given day, I’m always looking for new ways of challenging myself creatively. Whether I’m using parts I’ve removed from theatrical spotlights to cast sharp shadows of dancers on a wall, or building a view camera from scratch out of foam core and toy magnifying glasses, using components and materials for things they were never intended for – and making the result actually work – is quite satisfying.

A foam core view camera project I started this April, which is still ongoing, sparked my interest in view camera photography overall. The slow, methodical nature of composing and focusing on an inverted, dark ground glass, coupled with almost always having to use a tripod, was a huge breath of fresh air from the 10 frames-per-second world of digital SLR photography. While I won’t go as far as saying I’ve mastered digital image capture, the new challenges brought forth by view cameras (and the inherent “surprises” that come with each image) brought a lot of fun back to creating photographs.

Continue reading and see more photos on Guy’s blog.

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Indy racing superfan Michael Hopson of Indianapolis was more than willing to wait for me to set up his portrait using the Crown Graphic.

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Crew members of IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves eat lunch on pit road prior to the 2013 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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The resulting photo from the same position. IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter (left) leads during the 2013 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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