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Takayama Masataka

Description from Wiki:  Masataka Takayama (高山 正隆, Takayama Masataka; 15 May 1895 - 14 April 1981) was one of the most prominent Japanese photographers in the first half of the twentieth century.

Takayama was born in Tokyo, Japan. As an amateur photographer, he published many of his works in the magazine Geijutsu Shashin Kenkyū (芸術写真研究), beginning in the 1920s. He remained an active photographer even after World War II.

He was talented at pictorialist (art) photography and took many photographs using a soft focus lens and deformation and “wipe-out” techniques.

Takayama usually used a “vest-pocket” Kodak camera (a very compact folding model taking 127 film) with a single-element lens (a tangyoku lens in Japanese). These cameras (and Japanese derivatives such as the Rokuoh-sha Pearlette and Minolta Vest) were popular in Japan at the time for snapshot use, and called ves-tan (ベス単, in Japanese pronunciation besutan) cameras; “ves” coming from “vest” and “tan” from tangyoku. Takayama’s works are thus said to belong to the “ves-tan” (besutan) school. (via: wiki) (images: dassai2.p2.weblife)


Museum Monday: No. 1 Pocket Kodak Jr. (cir. 1920’s)

Today’s Museum Monday features this lovely looking brown edition of the No.1 Pocket Kodak Jr.  The camera shoots A-120 roll film and is known as a folding bed camera.  Inside, you’ll find a Kodak Ball Bearing leaf shutter, while the lens uses the bellows to focus its Kodak anastigmat lens. 

Roadside Stop

My name is Jordy Greider, I’m from Austin, Texas. Photography to me is about showing small slices of reality - but the way I choose to show them. I believe that once you snap that shutter, you are departing from reality, and moving to a sort of limbo between reality and fiction. You are able to show reality in exactly the way you want it to be seen. Well, at least you can try. And that is what I am doing, trying. My photographs vary in subject, composition, style, format, and film. I shoot with just about anything, from my 85-year old Kodak Pocket No.1A folding camera to my Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. This particular photo was taken a few weeks ago with Portra 160. I enjoy color film, but I shoot a lot of black and white, as I am slowly getting the kinks worked out of a recently set up darkroom in my mom’s old clay studio.

So follow me if you want to see a small slice of my reality, one frame at a time.

July 23, 1995  -  León, Guanajuato, Mexico.


On July 23, 1995, the Mendoza family were on a vacation trip driving on the road from Aguascalientes to León, Guanajuato. At 5:20 PM, Mr. Gustavo Mendoza, Mrs. Elena Lemus and their two sons Aldo David and Gustavo Alberto suddenly had an unexpected encounter.
According to their testimony, Mrs. Elena Lemus was the first to see a ufo in the sky.
“My husband was driving slow and we all were talking when suddenly a kind of bright flash attracted my attention to the sky. That’s when I saw it: an object that was emitting or reflecting a light in its left side.”
“I shouted, ‘Look over there!’ My husband stopped the car at once. 'It’s a UFO!!’ my two sons shouted. We were observing the strange object through the car’s windshield. It was static in the sky without moving and I felt a strange sensation. 'Take a picture!! Take a picture!!’ my husband said to me. I was carrying my Kodak 110 pocket camera, so I grabbed it and quickly took a photograph through the car’s windshield.”
“At that moment, the UFO made a slight movement to the left and then turned very quickly to the right disappearing in a blink of an eye. I tried to take a second photo but the UFO was very fast. ”

Mr. Gustavo Mendoza mentioned that he also felt the strange sensation while observing the unknown object and after the UFO disappeared. They remained with the car stopped for about three minutes talking to each other about the unique experience. “We were very excited and hoping the UFO would reappear.”
Mr. Gustavo declared, “But it never returned. That was the moment that I realized that we were in the middle of the road. It was really strange, they were no cars on the highway and we didn’t felt any wind or hear any sounds. We were convinced that we had a UFO encounter and our main hopes now were for the photograph to come out clear.”
“I started the car and began to move it very slow. We were still looking to the sky hoping to see the UFO again. It was like we didn’t want to leave this place, we were hoping to make contact again. Finally, we continued our trip and when we returned to Monterrey. I developed the film and for our luck we got a clear picture of the UFO. It’s strange but when we were seeing the photo my wife and I felt the same sensation of that day.”

The Mendoza family kept the UFO photograph in their photo album as a remembrance of their experience.