Sitting above a wardrobe unit, a slightly dusty and aged aluminium briefcase has not moved from its spot in give or take four years. It has been probably longer since it was last opened. Knowing its contents, the tinge of curiosity to revisit the briefcase was not strong enough to climb up onto a chair to bring it down from its towering pedestal… well, not until now….
This rather dated film Youna camera set (which was probably a little more high-tech back in the day due to its FMD System Motor Drive) came with a rather unfortunate travel story. I was about 11 years old and our first family trip to London. Cutting to the chase, it was one of the purchases made at an unknowing scam auction. Looking back… maybe it wasn’t a total loss.
This is one of the 3 film cameras that still sits around my room with hardly any purpose. While they are functioning…. at least I think so. I have never taken them out for a test drive. Back to when I was 11, I vividly remember owning a plastic film camera and a Minolta which totally felt like a huge deal. It was pretty amazing how I’d pay $20-$30 to develop my shots… Where did I get the money from? Current location of photos unknown.
So after opening up that dusty briefcase, I thought it’d be cool to blog about it and unlike those vanished photos, this would be a cool archive to look back years from now.
While we had the camera set since London in 1997, I only got it from my folks who had no use for it during the move. The set comes with a battery operated camera complete with 2 viewfinders, strap, external flash and tripod. Bulky as it is with the flash attached… It still looks interesting.
Like the “con” cam which became mine after my folks didn’t want it, the story behind the Kodak Instamatic 56-x was another hoarder move when my grandmother wanted to get rid of it while packing her room up for the move. It came with its original packing which I still have around. The cam’s hardware has since rusted a little. The unique part about this camera is the way it winds which works more so as a lever.
The last and most recent was acquired because I love to DIY. The Recesky TLR film camera looks a lot like a Blackbird with the joy (well sorta) of constructing it. A camera kit complete with instructions, I painstakingly built it with the aid of the not-so-clear instructions. And since I didn’t particularly fancy its flat blue exterior, I bought a couple of acrylic paints and airbrush to customize it.
While I’m all about technology, there is still something about old stuff that I’m drawn to acquire but not neccessarily use. Yea I am a little bit of a hoarder but at that time who knew it’d be back in trend.