Posted 6 years ago
It’s the first day of spring (20 March). Grab a camera, get together with friends and take pictures! (Selfies count.)
It's not a new tradition and photography outings go back a long way. My guess is amateur photographers started getting together shortly after the invention of smaller, portable wet-collodion cameras. The earliest reference (ephemera) in my collection is the story of an 1856 photographic tour of Milan, Italy.
This advertising card for Anthony’s Improved Champion camera is very unusual because it portrays five men leisurely posing with three tripod mounted field view cameras. Traditional advertising cards typically depict beautiful images of scenic landscapes, architecture and formal portraits. What’s even odder is none of the cameras look like Anthony equipment. And the image quality is only fair.
Anyhow, the location looks serenely exotic and reminds me it is time to start going outside, enjoy the warmer spring weather and take pictures of stuff!