Helen’s story is over 66 years old and she still remembers all the details as clear as the day they happened. As a university student in the 1950s she travelled with friends to Innsbruck by bus through the scarred countries as a result of the Second World War. On arriving, their hotel had been overbooked and so she and her friends stayed in a village house with the trips German courier. He and Helen hit it off, and had a whirlwind romance for 5 days until he had to return to Frankfurt. They could never have been together as parents would have disapproved, but for those 5 days they were inseparable.
She has two pictures, taken on her box camera that she still has to remember him. He gave her a leather coin purse bearing the crest of Innsbruck and she talks of how they kissed on the hillside amongst the Gentians. They wrote for a while afterwards but eventually the letters stopped and she has continued to wonder what happened to him since.
Casting set up
Building the mould around the camera
Mould half full with silicone
Mould ready to take out
Breaking down the camera to get it out.
The knob that wanted to stay in the mould.
Making the brass frame
Brass frame mounted on camera
Experimenting with laser cutting leather.
Brass frame with strap fittings.
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*All names are pseudonyms