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I have been busy recently, and the ever-present backlog of photos and so on I mean to post gets ever longer. Here’s some photos I took of Brighton Pier at some point. I have no idea when I took them, probably when I lived in Brighton, but I scanned them the other week.

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They’re taken on my Moskva 5, the most awkward camera I’ve ever had the (dis) pleasure of using. It’s an all metal Russian medium format beast that I got in a junk shop in Tallinn. You have to use a tripod and shutter release with it, all that’s missing is the fabric hood and flash-pan of magnesium powder for the full effect. There’s a clockwork mechanism that is supposed to prevent double exposures, but which just succeeds in locking the film advance for no reason most of the time. It has no meter, and I don’t have a working handheld meter any more, so I just eyeball the exposure with the sunny 16 rule. The resulting negatives are huge (6×9 format, there is supposed to be a 6×6 mask too, but I don’t have it), you get about 6 pictures per roll of 120 film.

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