The coolest thing about doing our #camerathursdays series on the Blurb blog is constantly being surprised by the cameras that show up. From a Zeiss-Icon Nettar (the first camera we featured) to a Nishika N8000 (the most recent), we’ve seen a variety of cameras take the featured spot (and some really nice photos too). In this age of cell phone cameras, this week’s camera is equally unexpected, and it comes courtesy of our new intern – who also knows how to dress up her #camerathursdays photo shoot with the right accessories.
Camera: Boots Essentials Single-Use Camera
My camera is a single-use camera that is often referred to as a disposable camera. It’s a simple box that has a roll of film conveniently installed inside. There are two buttons: the built-in flash, which is held down when desired and the shutter button, which clicks when taking a photograph. After snapping a shot, its wheel must be wound to prepare for the next picture.
My camera uses 135 film, meaning that the film consists of strips 35 millimeters in width. I’m fond of how the photographs look once they are developed. Each one is always spontaneous, genuine, sexy and natural. Even when I accidently take a photo, it always embodies a unique character.
I adore the many single-use cameras I’ve acquired over time. I first fell in love with these beauties as a child growing up in the 90s. My mother would hoard them in a drawer in her bedroom, never forgetting one before she left our home. I remember the variation of packaging among brands and the yearning anticipation of what the final product would look like. I would spend hours sitting in my mother’s sitting room, flipping through the standard 4 x 6-inch prints like they were a massive Blurb book bound together in my head. Each print represented a special moment that was captured in a mere few seconds.
Though many may argue that my camera is a prehistoric, clunky piece of rubbish, it enables everyone to see the world through a lens. Anyone regardless of age, intelligence or competence is able to maneuver his or her way through one of these magical little boxes. And that is what makes my camera magnificent.
Next week we’ll return with something else wonderful from our little corner of camera-nerd heaven.