Gary's interest in photography began in 1949 with his mother's "Seneca
Box Scout 2A" camera (c. 1925!) His mother saw his increasing
interest and bought him a modern "Kodak Hawkeye Brownie" camera.
Not satisfied with the limitations of the camera's long focal length,
Gary used his brother's metal lathe and a lens from an old pair of
binoculars to fabricate a close-up lens attachment.
discovered that the viewfinder of his Hawkeye was useless, so he
fabricated an aluminum auxiliary viewfinder. With an attached
string for focusing, Gary began taking close-up pictures around the
Moving objects, like the family dog, became a real
challenge with the string-focusing arrangement!