I've been reading Clutterfree with Kids by Joshua Becker and its not only prompted me to purge every closet in the house again but to think about the things we decide to collect and surround ourselves with. Things we love; things that bring joy. For me its art, plants, rocks and cameras. I didn't think you all would find much joy in seeing photos of my rock + mineral collection so I thought for fun I would share my cameras.
I consider myself an amateur photographer. But its something I've always loved and wish I had more time to devote to learning more. I don't know why I'm drawn to collecting cameras but there is something old, beautiful about them that I find inspiring. I learned how to process photos in our High School dark room for the yearbook. There is something about that artistic process that is lost with today's smart phones.
I got my first Olympus 35mm in Junior High (not shown but still have it!) my Pentax and Polaroid 600 in High School and my first digital camera in college. I currently use a Cannon Rebel T1 and have been playing with 35mm again since inheriting my grandmothers Minolta.
I think my favorite camera to shoot with is the Polaroid because its so simple and the film is just plain fun. My prettiest camera by far is the Kodak Kodamatic which I found at the Round Top Flea Market in Texas. I've always wanted to try it but I've never figured out how to get film or if its even possible anymore. All of my cameras were either inherited or bought at flea markets, yard sales and thrifts shops. Its been a few years since I've added one to the collection but I doubt it will be the end.