I just picked up a little vintage gem at the Salvation Army for 99 cents today, a plastic magazine promotional camera. It's almost identical to the one pictured above except mine says LIFE on the corner and doesn't have the plastic molded grip on the right. I picked it up on a whim, knowing that I still had some old rolls of unused film, and after scouring the internet for more information about it I'm getting excited to try it out this weekend!
|One of the many Diana reproductions offered by Urban Outfitters.|
If you're not familiar with the famed Diana's or Holgas so popular with hipster artists, in a nut shell it goes like this: In the 1960's there were a variety of cheap plastic cameras, many made in the Soviet & Hong Kong. They had rather poor construction and they were also ALL plastic including the lens. This crummy plastic lens produced a blurred effect and also didn't capture color accurately. Add to that light leakage around the seams and you've got one cheap, shitty-ass camera! Or so you'd think!
Wouldn't you know it, all those defects create one perfectly lovely effect! One that still is darn near impossible to create in photoshop. Our hearts flutter with false nostalgia over hazy visions of simple objects we forgot we knew and of places we've never visited. It's like a Hollywood flashback. The photographs are not our fuzzy memories but we accept the emotions they invoke because they appear the way our own distant memories appear. Tilted tints and tones color our lives and off-kilter objects reflect the warping of our perception over the passing of time.
We remember the sun being brighter than it really was.
|Above 4 photos from Kameron Elisabeth|