My antique world (1): object 1 (the gramophone) and the ‘making of’
Today I am starting a new series on this blog, since I decided to put together my passion for photography and that for antiquities. Because I was not able to build a real photo studio (which seems to be really expensive) I had to improvise – and it was a real challenge, starting with all the problems raised by fluorescent lightening, the trouble to find a proper ‘backdrop’, the difficulty to take pictures of some objects, and so on. But finally I did it, and once a week you will see the results. You can also see at the end of this post some photos ‘behind the scenes’ 🙂
I decided to start with this gramophone, or phonograph I bought from a flea market in Fiesole (close to Florence, Italy) in 2010. It seems to be a His Master’s Voice but I am not sure whether this is the real thing made somewhere in the 1930’s or some sort of reproduction. However, it looks nice and it is fully functional, as you can see in the third picture. But I have to tell you, I am not using it too often – the sound is incredible loud, and the neighbours are obviously not very happy. I’ve found on the internet some gramophones which look very similar to this one here, here, here, here, and here. You can also watch the following episodes/posts of ‘My antique world’ here. And don’t forget: double click on each photo to enlarge it!
And here are the photos ‘behind the scenes’ (i.e., the ‘making of’):