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Found Film in a Brownie Turned Into Photoencaustic Art

Last summer I was in a thrift store in Ohio when I found a Brownie Hawkeye Flash camera. I had to have it — it still had film in it!

I developed and scanned the film and these are the photos I found:








I made the two exposures that turned out the best into photo encaustic pieces. Each image was printed on a laser printer and transferred onto a cradled board coated with clear encaustic medium. I enhanced the transfers with oil pastel, watercolor, and encaustic paint.

Here are the two finished photoencaustic works:

Mists of Time I - photoencaustic by Susan Stayer

Mists of Time II - photoencaustic by Susan Stayer

Carlin Hall

Carlin Hall is a school and community center built in 1892 in Arlington, Virginia.

I got one of my vintage Dianas out and took her for a spin. It was the first time I’ve used this particular Diana since I bought her in 2005 or so. I think she did okay!


I like to shoot into the sun to get some flare. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. This time it didn’t overwhelm and blot out the scene.

I sent the film to Old School Photo Lab and they did a fantastic job on the developing. Check them out!

The Five Ws

the Five Ws

I spent half a day wandering around the Oregon District in downtown Dayton, Ohio, last week. It was the perfect fall day: sunny and cool. I carried several cameras with me, as usual, and shot both of these images that day. Peep

I had lunch at Blind Bob’s, browsed the Goodwill Store, checked out a few galleries, and had a coffee. A perfect afternoon! Oh, and I passed on the peep show.

Garnet Ghost Town

I was in Missoula, Montana, last year for a photography workshop at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. We were so busy during that week I didn’t have a chance to explore the area as much as I would’ve liked.

Last week I headed back to Missoula with Wendell to have a look around. In reading up on Missoula and that part of Montana, I discovered¬†Garnet Ghost Town:¬†“Montana’s Best-Preserved Ghost Town.” And it IS very well preserved.

There are two routes that’ll get you there from Missoula, and one of them is a heck of a lot easier than the other, something we found out the hard way.

Once you arrive, you walk down the path toward the town, which sits below the parking area. There’s a self-guided tour of the buildings that are still standing, and the setting is beautiful. The Well’s Hotel is particularly interesting because of the peeling wallpaper, decrepit furniture, old beds, and other objects inside. It’s difficult to imagine living and working in that little town, mining the gold and enduring so much hardship.

If you’re ever in the area, Garnet Ghost Town is definitely worth the visit. Just be sure to take the easy road.