Check out these funky ‘through the viewfinder’ images…


This grin-inducing photograph was shot by Tracy from HeyHarriet using the ‘through the viewfinder’ (TtV) method.

TtV is defined as taking a picture of any subject through the viewfinder of any camera with another camera. In this case, Tracy has used her Canon digital and an old twin lens reflex Argus 75.

The process results in a square formatted photo with the characteristic black border and little unique details like specks, blurry edges and other inconsistencies that contribute to a soft image with a vintage aesthetic – which I love!

Here are some more of Tracy’s atmospheric TtV images…



Tracy resides on a small and remote island about an hour by ferry from Brisbane, Australia.

Of her work, Tracy says:

My interest in photography started early when I was given my first camera at around 10 years of age. It was a dinky little plastic Bugs Bunny film camera. Oh how I loved that camera! It went everywhere with me! Fast forward to the responsible grown-up adult phase of my life; I had lost the Bugs Bunny camera by this time but not my enthusiasm for photography. My passion for photography continued to grow, as did my camera collection.

I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with alternative photographic processes and use a combination of vintage, traditional and modern techniques. The hands-on process of physically creating a print in the darkroom is a magical experience (apart from the chemical fumes!), although the majority of my work on Etsy is chemical fume-free digital format photography. Striving for technical perfection with my photography has never been as important to me as capturing a sweet and simple little moment in time.

I find almost everything to be a source of inspiration and it’s about having a willingness to being open to whatever presents itself, as everything is worthy of contemplation; regardless of how small or commonplace it may be. It’s all about making connections and having the curiosity and playfulness to follow the connections.

Apart from photography I like to spend time painting, drawing, drinking copious amounts of good coffee and getting dirty in the garden. I hope to have a great big beautiful productive mess of a self-sufficient garden in years to come. Somewhere along the way I’ve become the type of person who gets way more excited than I should about compost and garden worms…


You can view more of Tracy’s images on Etsy here.

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4 thoughts on “Check out these funky ‘through the viewfinder’ images…

    • Isn’t it! I’m keen to try it with my DSLR and Diana camera; looks like fun and I love the lo-fi aesthetic. Thank you for dropping by!

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