Bert Hardy was an English photographer who wrote an article in Amateur Photographer stating that you did not need an expensive camera to take a good image. The editor asked him to prove it, as he was known for his Leica camera. He took a box camera to Blackpool, got two models to pose on a fence and took this image.
The wind helped show plenty of leg and the image became an iconic shot representing young London after the war. The shot proves his point very well. He got down low and I am guessing he took several images and selected this one as the keeper.
The beach in the background, the clearly sunny day and the lighthearted mood that the ladies are in all feeds into a mood for the photograph. This is what Bert captured and this is why the image became iconic.
So, if Bert's objective was to prove that a professional, talented photographer with professional models can take a good image on a box camera he did indeed prove it. The problem is that the talent is not in the camera but in the photographer. I myself have no talent, so I opt to up my chances with excellent cameras.
Every now and then even I get lucky!
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Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.