One Roll: Harpers Ferry

 The Potomac River. Rafting is a huge industry for the Harpers Ferry area.

The Potomac River. Rafting is a huge industry for the Harpers Ferry area.

I'm not sure if there's a real need for me to continue buying cameras after shooting a few rolls on the Canonet. It's just that great.

Of course I'll continue to, because writing about cameras often rivals shooting them. After aquiring a Canonet through Ebay, I mailed it off to LeZot Camera Repair for a full CLA (cleaning, lubing and adjusting). These cameras use a banned mercury battery, but luckily part of the servicing provided by LeZot adjusted the camera to use modern batteries. Getting it back I took the camera to New York, Richmond and Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Harpers Ferry sits at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers roughly 70 miles upriver from Washington D.C. It's the easternmost point of the state, nestled on the tip of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. It was the sight of numerous historically significant events, most famously the attempted slave uprising led by abolitionist John Brown in 1859. It was this event that took the Election of 1860 by storm, and saw Abraham Lincoln ascend to the presidency and the Southern states descend into secession. It played a prominent role during numerous campaigns of the Civil War and was the location of the first all-black college, Storer College. Today the National Park Service maintains a large park that interprets the areas history and natural heritage.

I was only in town long enough to shoot one roll of film -- a challenge I would recommend to every film shooter. We love that film slows the process of photography, but limiting yourself to one roll of film slows it down even further. It was made even more a challenge for me, since the camera I was using makes me want to shoot roll after roll. I guess I'll have to return to this truly spectacular place again sometime.