Rocky Arroyo

"My first memory of the Brownie Hawkeye dates back to the late 1970s when I was about 6 or 7 years old. It was a trip to the beach one warm summer California day with my grandparents. My grandfather brought along this little black box camera. I remember him loading the 620 film into it and showing me how to do it. When examining it, I thought it was so quirky to look through the top view finder rather than from a traditional camera's view finder. Later that day he asked my grandmother to take a photo of him and me with the ocean in the background. I vividly remember that special moment. The photo came out magnificently! Ever since then I've kept that photo which is now on my refrigerator door, but have had to rely on memories of my grandpa George after his passing. Now that I'm an emerging freelance photographer, I use the most modern digital equipment for the bulk of my work, but I could never figure out what kind of box camera my grandmother used that day on the beach. That all changed one day last year in 2003 when I recognized one of those cameras at a camera shop. I took a good look at it and wrote down what kind of camera it was. It was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. I went home and searched eBay and immediately purchased two that were still in the original box. Ever since then I've been carrying a Brownie Hawkeye Flash Model camera around with me almost every other day and using up as many as one to three rolls of re-spooled 120 film a week. I've found that the photos that this camera takes gives a soft and dreamy look that carries a special edge to them. I've even had clients and friends come forward and ask me to take photos for them with this camera. It's so amazing what images can come from a simple box camera with a simple lens. I hope that you enjoy them!" -Rocky Arroyo

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