#OldCameraChallenge, the Kodak Brownie N°2, Model F (Part 3)

The final part of the restoration of the Brownie N°2 camera was painting the bodywork. Using black enamel paint and a fine brush paint was applied around the edges of the door and on the viewfinder and around the lens on the front plate. After a couple of days drying the viewfinder glass and theContinue reading “#OldCameraChallenge, the Kodak Brownie N°2, Model F (Part 3)”

#OldCameraChallenge, the Kodak Brownie N°2, Model F (Part 2)

The Brownie N°2 camera from the outlet box has clearly seen better days. Dating from the early 1920s, the camera is getting on for one hundred years old now, and although it functions nicely the shutter is a little stiff and the bodywork needs some attention. The leatherette is quite worn, and in some placesContinue reading “#OldCameraChallenge, the Kodak Brownie N°2, Model F (Part 2)”

Praia da Barra, 19 January 2022

Barra is a mixture, on the one hand there is a vibrant town, quiet in January but packed during the hot summer months. On the other side is the sea, a haven for surfers and fishermen  and frequently visited by cargo ships and tankers entering the port. And in the middle is the Praia daContinue reading “Praia da Barra, 19 January 2022”

#OldCameraChallenge, the Kodak Brownie N°2, Model F (Part 1)

The Brownie N°2 camera was introduced in 1901. The early model Brownies were a leatherette covered box but the Model F, released in 1924, had an aluminum case and a tripod socket. Like all of the Brownie N°2 cameras the model uses 120 roll film to give a 6×9cm frame. The No.2 Brownie is significantContinue reading “#OldCameraChallenge, the Kodak Brownie N°2, Model F (Part 1)”

What’s in a name?

tl;dr: The name of the blog has changed. The observant reader might have noticed that the name of this blog has changed. No longer is it ‘Tales of Meco Beach’, now it’s just ‘/ˈsnæp.ʃɒt/’. But why change the name and what on earth does it mean? Simply put, /ˈsnæp.ʃɒt/ is the phonetic version of ‘snapshot’,Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

Aveiro: The Car Park, 27 October 2021

Driving into Aveiro the main road leads past the salt flats on the left and the nightclub Sal on the right. Turning right towards the city centre, on the immediate right is a small car park built (if that is the right word) on the remains of several demolished houses. Actually, I was never sureContinue reading “Aveiro: The Car Park, 27 October 2021”

Aveiro: The Underpass, 27 October 2021

Alongside the canal that forms the central attraction of Aveiro is a path that leads to what was Club 8, the go-to nightclub in the city. Now long gone, it’s a nightclub called ‘Sal’ (salt, Aveiro’s premier export) and the buildings around have been largely demolished. The path to Sal leads under the main roadContinue reading “Aveiro: The Underpass, 27 October 2021”

Actors of Urban Change, 27 October 2021

Several years ago, the city of Aveiro initiated Vivacidade, ‘Dressing-Up the City Voids’. The aim was to enable the local community to transform abandoned spaces into useful places. Actors of Urban Change was the team who coordinated and promoted the project’s objectives. This old stencilled wall looks like it’s an advertising hoarding for the campaign,Continue reading “Actors of Urban Change, 27 October 2021”

Artwork by Zooter, 27 October 2021

Tucked away near the park with the sculpture by Luis Queimadela is a small piece by the Portuguese artist Dalila Montero, known as ‘Zooter’. Zooter has been commissioned for various street art projects around Aveiro, and I’m not sure whether this is part of one of these commissions or if this is a personal piece.Continue reading “Artwork by Zooter, 27 October 2021”

Lost Art: The destruction of urban graffiti

It is a given that graffiti and street art is often a transient artform; existing works may be painted over by either the owners of the structure on which the artwork is found, removed (if it is from a well-known artist such as Banksy, or just painted over by another street/graffiti artist. However, as oftenContinue reading “Lost Art: The destruction of urban graffiti”

Aveiro: The Metal Fence, 13 October 2021

Wherever someone has created a barrier or left a bare wall, graffiti artists or taggers have covered it. Many years ago the building behind this fence was demolished,  and the owners erected a metal fence before the land was redeveloped. However, nothing was ever done and the fence, tagged long ago by some forgotten artist,Continue reading “Aveiro: The Metal Fence, 13 October 2021”