• Simon Baddeley 8y

    One of the all time greats. This carefully staged 'snap' by Bert Hardy was taken on the promenade at Blackpool in the 1940s (see the little figures on the beach), as a challenge using a Box Brownie after Hardy had written an article for amateur photographers suggesting you didn't need an expensive camera to make good pictures.
  • David Kingsbury (Woot Design) 8y

    gread pic. so natural despite the setup. this is what mags like vice etc. do all the time now but this guy was doing it 60 years ago.

    so true about the equipment thing - it's all about the person that's using it.
  • Simon Baddeley 7y

    that is extremely Good:)
    Congratulations! from
    *★ Beautiful Shot ★

  • kitchener.lord 5y

  • QuentinUK 4y

    The girl in the polka dot dress is Pat Stewart
  • Bill Ward 4y

    Fontilan. did you seek permission for this plagerism?
  • vip223 4y

    Bill Ward surprise ! no answer...
  • theobserver3 3y

    I think the photograph later appeared in one of Kodak's 'How To Make Good Pictures' books. I remember reading that Hardy kept within the box camera category but used a Zeiss Box Tengor. I think a Portrait Brownie at f22 could manage this standard but not all of the frames taken that day. I recently bought such a Brownie loaded with a half used film so it will be interesting to finish the roll in very bright light [to aid the old film and try for f22] and see the earlier shots and 'the Hardy challenge' develop.
  • Traffic_Man 2y

    Of course it is great, the "perfect moment" with a vivacious and pretty subject and wonderful spontaneity, the facial expression plus the dress. It is also perfectly lit and composed and expressly set up to combat the (severe) limitations of the camera - just because a great professional can use a Brownie or a phone camera to make a great picture doesn't mean we all necessarily should.
  • hoxuanhuong 2y

    Simon Baddeley
    i looking for information about Brownie, thank for you note about this pic, yes this pic make me have to think a lot.
  • njp66 2y

    Many years ago in Amateur Photographer magazine I read that Mr Hardy used a Zeiss Box Tengor to take this image. I wonder if the type of camera used was ever mentioned when the image was published?
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