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Editorialisation on the Danger of Butt Photos With Rollei 3.5f

Editorialisation on the Danger of Butt Photos With Rollei 3.5f

Rollei 3.5f and the Danger of Butt Photos... Here is a photo of the Rollei 3.5f, the first camera I bought with my own money. I bought this at a garage sale for $25 in 1963 with Christmas and birthday money, when I was 13. My father used it occasionally, but my stepmother never noticed it. Anyway, I took it to my cousin Debbie's birthday beach party at Zuma, that spring, and it got several of us in trouble. Debbie had just turned 13 and looked like a dirty yellow mop, turned shag end up, with 2 large blue buttons and 2 fairy cakes with pink frosting in the appropriate places in a red and white 1 piece with ruffles on chest and butt and about 4' 6" tall. My cousin Billyjoe was 11. He and I were both very small pudgy boys in blue shorts. My cousin Butchie, a majestic highschooler in his own mind, was there with his date, a large, brunette, bottom heavy girl, wearing a red and yellow polka-dot bikini, too narrow for her butt-crack (bigger than him, and her name is forgotten). Her mother was there (and was absolutely colossal in a hibiscus muumuu) along with Uncle Neil (who was drunk) to chaparone all of us and several other innocent children. Also there was a large OD colour tent. When we were together, Debbie was Moe, and Billyjoe and I were Larry and Curley. Debbie hated Butchie's girlfriend and insisted we needed a photo of her butt-crack for future use. I had the Rollei, loaded with Tri-X. Butt-girl was bent over, head in the food basket, butt-crack wonderfully displayed. So, we snuck up behind her, Debbie pushing on me, and snapped the photo. Butt-girl noticed and came after us; we ran, but butt-girl was fast, so, I lateraled the camera to Billyjoe, who threw a 40' Hail Mary pass to Debbie for perfect reception. Debbie then ran full tilt into butt-girl's mother, who took the camera away from her, and stuffed it in her muumuu, down her decolletage (it fit). Debbie, Billyjoe, and I were herded into the tent and told to stay there for 1 hour for "meanness and egregious rudity". About 15 minutes later, butt-girl's mother kicked us out of the tent and shoved butt-girl in there with a sweater covering her butt and told her to stay 1 hour for "whining, butt crackage and egregious piggery". Butt-girl's mom had, apparently, looked in the food basket and liked the word "egregious". I didn't get the camera back that day, Butchie said he'd steal it back. About 2 weeks later, Uncle Neil drove over to our house (sober) and gave me back my camera. It was empty. Butt-girl's mom probably shot the rest of the roll (about 6 left), and that butt shot is in some forgotten photo album, 45 years in the past. I still have the camera. It works great. Butt shots are dangerous. Butt-girl could have caught us. She was about 5' 10" and about 190lb.

herbert-4 This photo was shot on film. Taken by herbert-4 with a Ricoh Caplio 500G loaded with SD ISO 64 film in Los Angeles, United States. These tags describe this photo: rollei 35f, butt photos, editorial, and danger. This photo can also be found in the album Editorialisations.


  1. paramir


    great story! i'll try to keep it in mind. even though, when the butt-crack displays... it is hard to resist sometimes :)

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  2. superlighter


    WOW WOW WOW!!!! I'm not sure I've understood the 100% of the "novel" (becouse of my self-learned English" but I've cought the sense and.....what a wonderful camera!!!

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  3. rater


    Great story! Cameras are not just machines, but they have a soul... build with stories like yours!

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  4. renaishashin


    lol nice butt-girl story!

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  5. halfawakehaiku


    cool story.

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  6. lomosexual_manboy


    Be quick or be dead.

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  7. mrs-paul


    You write a good story Herbert... glad the Rollei survived!

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  8. ziggy-s


    Funny stuff...great camera if only she could tell the rest of the wheres that shot now..

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  9. grenoouille


    What a beauty! It gives the creeps knowing it has gone through so many dangers!!...

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  10. stijn_b


    Great story, surprised it fitted down her decolletage. The camera isn't particulary small!

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  11. ifisheye


    LOL very funny story

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  12. ipdegirl


    BEAUTIFUL--and so is the story. Darn shame you don't have that photo. I'm laughing my butt-crack off now just thinking about that whole scene.

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  13. gregschneider


    Haven't seen much of your photography yet, but you're one heck of a writer. I totally enjoyed the beach account.
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  14. shoujoai


    haha :D some people are really rude with the films. My Ex-Boyfriend once destroyed a film cause I took a picture of him with a red thong!

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  15. bensozia


    The photo's got to be out there somewhere Herb... In the meantime, find the girl and ask her to pose again!

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  16. bccbarbosa


    Beautiful camera!!

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  17. filby


    Herb, you are a true legend :)

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  18. kdstevens


    Great camera. And what a price! In 1963 that thing was almost brand new. I was still selling them in the early 70's. I still have an automat from the 50's that I treasure.

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  19. darryl1208


    A very fine camera, was the best of her days I think.
    And what does it show: European cameras are the best. Rollie TLR and Leicas of that time were fine and Hasselblad was on the moon and is still the best Middleformat you can get.

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  20. pangmark


    cool story, shame about the missing film.

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  21. robinansell


    Love the story, love the camera, and is that a guitar strap I see?

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  22. eyecon


    Wow...great camera! But more interesting for me: Where did you get this fantastic strap?

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  23. awesomesther


    way too awesome.. no idea why I didn't see/read this earlier!

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  24. jhtci

    fun story! great characters! if you don't mind i'm going to place a link to it on my facebook page.
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  25. danbarry


    great story. lovely camera. i love TLR's Rollei's are the best, i hope one day to have one.

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  26. trw


    ;-) Love the story and the camera!

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  27. camielioo


    what a nice story! :)

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  28. sandravo


    Hilarious! I'm usually not one to read lengthy photo descriptions, but this story was simply too good to stop! Laughing tears, that good!

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  29. herbert-4


    @sandravo Here's the polished version of the story, enjoy: http://www.lomograph(…)nt-rudeness

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  30. sandravo


    Even polished it is still a very funny, well written story!

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