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Canon F-1 and Hells Angels 1975 | by jimhairphoto
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Canon F-1 and Hells Angels 1975

In 1975 I bought a Canon F-1 and three lenses from a sailor who had just returned from Japan. I had recently graduated from UCSC and though I had a full-time job, needed to borrow $300 from my grandmother to buy the camera. We were a Navy family so it might have helped my argument that the purchase would help a young sailor.


My grandmother was in tears when I told her the first chance I had to use the camera was at a Nazi rally on Sunday in Balboa Park as she thought I might get hurt.


That afternoon I quickly ran through a roll of film and sat down on a bench at the front to reload and the man sitting next to me pointed at a young woman who was also making photographs and asked if I knew her? I said no, why? and he replied, she was making photographs of you when you were in the Nazi's face; I think she thought you were about to get beaten up!


I turned around then to see who was at the rally, and sitting behind me was a large man with a beautiful woman. He was wearing a Hells Angels belt buckle and after introducing myself....

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Uploaded on April 11, 2019