Toy cameras do not get the respect that they should because they’re plastic. I ran across a You Tube video yesterday, a tutorial believe it or not with the narrator (instructor?) in every other word dissing his images and the tool that he used. I didn’t make it to the end Dewy Downer no doubt was trying to be funny, but he was too much for me.
Basically, I like everything about the toy camera the concept of them, the challenge to work with them and their look. I’ve been photographing a lot lately because it’s an “up” for me and living in the USA that's literally oozing passion from every united state it’s an emotional time.
My creativity has channeled a healthy outlet for balance and allowed me to breathe. Enter Adam an amazing sales associate who works at Lomography in NY and who sold me my new Diana Fs. I bought the Black Jack and the Buttercup. The Buttercup has the colors of Brazil’s flag yellow and green. This was pointed out to me by my new Brazilian friends and toy camera enthusiasts pictured above.
Ironically Dewy Downer never mentioned the lo-fi process; It still sucks when images don’t come out when they should (welcome to the unpredictability of Lomography) but the process of picking out the film, loading the camera, going out with friends, experimenting/creating and souping film (is there an image or isn't there) is a complete thrill.
New friends, new cameras, new images; all in all, it was a good week to be a creative.