Monday, January 4, 2010

Toy Cameras

[Above/Top] Waterford Bridge in Snow, Waterford, New York
[Above/Bottom] Nott Memorial, Union College, Schenectady, New York
[Below] Water Tower, Peeble's Island, Cohoes, New York
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It is no secret I love toy and antique cameras. I own boxes of them and still want more. In this sense, I am a hoarder. Just like a musician seeks out exotic sounds from vintage guitar and amp combinations, I am fascinated by the unexpected images that can be produced from a $40 plastic camera that doesn't require batteries. As a photographer, there are times when I don't want to hide behind thousands of dollars of technology and digital post-processing. I find immense satisfaction in taking the simplest camera and capturing an original and interesting image. Toy cameras make me a better photographer because they force me to remember all those lost languages of art school. I know a lot of photographers that are lost without Photoshop, auto-focus, and vibration reduction. I love technology, thrive on it actually. But it is a shame we have been lulled into laziness by convenience. -JBulmer

“Forget the camera, forget the lens, forget all of that. With any four-dollar camera, you can capture the best picture.” Alberto Korda [The photographer who captured the iconic image of Che Guevara.]

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