Monthly Archives: June, 2013

Suomenlinna — A Sea Fortress

Today, I decided to complete my project about my father’s old camera. Suomenlinna (Sveaborg) is a sea fortress outside Helsinki, Finland. It was built in the 18th century and is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination.

My late father used to live there during his childhood and youth from the 1920s to 1950s.

I packed my bag with his Kodak Brownie camera from the late 1930s, two films (one B/W, one colour) and some duct tape and took the ferry to Suomenlinna. The plan was to have his camera once more shooting pictures of its original home surroundings after 70+ years.

The camera lens does not work well with colour film. The B/W pictures are blurry too but similar to the ones that I have seen from 80 years back.

The camera’s journey is now complete. It will forever continue sitting on the top shelf of my glass cabinet. This trip was very personal and emotional for me and the pictures have a special meaning for me regardless of their poor quality.