vintage snaps for Crafty magazine


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, Β 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.

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  • Lovely photos Laura, well done! I do quite miss the days before digital, especially the surprises and little gems that you would get back when having a film developed. X

  • Oooh, well done you. I remember the days of shooting on film and developing my own pictures as part of my PhD – we had to load our own film canisters to be attached t the microscope, and then develop and print shots. Hours in the darkroom listening to Nirvana,I seem to remember!

  • My dad used to convert our bathroom into a darkroom when I was a kid. It was strictly a “Dad” thing though – I never learnt how. But, oooo la la, how I’d love to have a go now…
    You are getting good at getting featured! clever thing πŸ™‚

  • Love my Trip too – haven’t used it in ages though. In fact not since we took it on our first trip to Scotland and almost at the end of our holiday I noticed the film hadn’t gone through the camera! Disaster! Had to take a whole film on our last day and missed out on the best pics. πŸ™