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The craftsman
Vol. XVIII, Number 2 (May 1910)

Dean, Eva
Photographing without a camera,   pp. 248-256


Page 248


PHOTOGRAPHING WITHOUT A CAMERA
PHOTOGRAPHING WITHOUT
A CAMERA: BY EVA DEAN
ID you think that to be a photog-
       rapher you must own a camera, a
       dark room and a collection of de-
       veloping trays, and that you must
waste appalling numbers of expensive films
before you learn how?
  Did you ever take a trip to the woods or
the seashore and wish you could carry home
with you some little picture of it to crowd
under the rim of your mirror to remind you
of a happy day in the dull ones that might
follow? Or was it a thought of the pretty
things you might have made -for Christmas
that caused you to wonder again about the
cost of a camera, a dark room and an un-
certain quantity of films? And you might
have had the pictures without the camera
or films, as you will soon see.
that all who care to will be able to give
pleasure to themselves and their friends by
this means. Many pretty ways of using the
little pictures thus made will suggest them-
selves to one who is working with them,
               QUEEN ANNE'S LACE IN BLOOM.
such as cards of greeting, valentines, place
cards, or calendars; in the latter case each
month could be represented by some plant
appropriate to it. The method, as described
in this article, will be adapted to the use of
blue-print paper, since that is the simplest
                      VIOLET, WITH ITS ROOT.
  I went to the woods one afternoon in
May. It was a day that seemed the very
incarnation of the spirit of spring, as
though, having thrown    off all encum-
brances, she stood revealed, eager, breath-
ing in a thousand tiny bodies on every side.
The camera, however, seemed to shrink be-
fore the responsibility of portraying such
joy. Translated into black and white, all
the little dancing leaves and buds would be
lost in a solid mass of foliage, and it was
they who spoke most eloquently of the
scene. Finally, yielding to the modest good
taste of the camera, the flowers were per-
mitted to speak directly for themselves, and
-so it has happened-several of them have
finally found their way onto these pages.
  The process of photographing flowers
without a camera is very simple, and the
purpose of this article is to describe it so
                            SPRAY OF OATS.
to handle and also the least expensive of the
photographic printing papers in the market,
and, too, its dark blue color is almost uni-
versally liked. After mastering the han-
dling of blue prints, many will doubtless
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