December - India. At
the annual Sri Sevagiri fair in Pusegaon, Maharashtra state, India. A travelling
photographer, his camera and backround for portraits. My diary and photographs
help me recall the crowded scene. Pusegaon was a village of about 2,500 people
and the fair attracted upwards of 50,000 visitors. The difference between my camera
and the one you see here was both monumental and basic. My camera was tiny and
I would have to wait to see the pictures. The photographer in the picture could
produce his portraits on the spot.
Camera Leica lll F with a collapsible Leitz f 5 cm 1:3.5 lens. Film Kodak Tri
X Pan at F5.6 - 1/100 second. The camera was on loan and my film was cut from
bulk rolls and loaded in a re-loadable leica cassette. It was a convenient low
cost way of carrying film but not ideal. The film had to be loaded in the dark
and static electricity always attracted dust which shows on the negative. Developed
by hand in Koregaon using May and Baker Promicrol at normal dilution with water
from the village well.
Negative India 60/43-13 © Tony Morrison