When it comes to vintage cameras, I confess to being a bit of a magpie, with a growing collection of both working and decorative cameras. My most-loved vintage camera, however, is my Olympus Trip. Given to me by my Dad on my 15th birthday (along with a full set of equipment to transform the downstairs loo into a darkroom- the start of a photographic addiction), the Trip is beautiful to look at, satisfying to hold, and fantastic to shoot with. Last summer, I had it cleaned and loaded it up with its first set of film since I was at school. Shooting in analogue was a steep learning curve after several years using digital cameras, but it was also an absolute delight and the excitement of waiting for the film to be developed was a forgotten pleasure. The prints that came back were a real mixture, and I definitely need a whole lot more practice before I can get the shots that I want, but in some of the photographs, the imperfections (sun spots, out of focus areas, etc) just added to their charm, and they captured the light and warmth of summer better than many of the digital shots that I took at the same time.
This month, a rather fab new craft magazine launched called (appropriately!) Crafty. If you haven’t come across it, it is definitely worth a read. I really enjoyed its modern and fresh approach to craft, and unsurprisingly the feature about vintage cameras was of particular interest! At the end of the article, they asked for examples of photographs taken with vintage cameras, so I sent through a few of those taken with my Trip, and I am pleased to say that they have been featured on the Crafty website. Do go and take a look.