If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura.
-- Nobuyoshi Araki
I don’t think about what camera I should use that much. I just pick up the one that looks nicest on the day
-- William Eggleston
Cameras are wonderful little contraptions.
By making photographs, they are tools with which one can express their personal taste and private sensibilities. At the same time they physically exist as expressions of these same concepts. The relationship one has with their cameras affects their approach to making a picture.
People who shoot film simply do because they choose to, and the Photo Culture of Tokyo is full of film camera users. When I meet them out on the streets I ask to photograph their camera, and usually post it here the same day. All of the photos were shot with a Ricoh GRDII. I trust that this irony is not lost on anyone.
These photos are meant for sharing. By all means, re-blog away. Clicking on the images will present you with a version 900 pixels wide to further enjoy.
A few years ago I bought three packs of Fujfilm System 800 instant film on end-of-production-closeout thinking that I had a compatible camera at home. Turns out I didn’t, and said film found a home at the bottom of the produce drawer in my fridge. In the meantime I’ve been shooting packs of Impossible Project film as well as adding to a ballooning collection of prints made with Fujifilm Instax 210 & Cheki film. For one reason or another the Fuji System 800 film in my fridge came up in conversation with a friend who happened to have a compatible camera that I could borrow, a circa 1984 Fotorama 800S. Halfway through my thirty-shot stockpile I can say that it is a charmingly noisy testament to mid-eighties consumer photographic design.
The Fujifilm Instant Film world is an interesting one- find out more about it here.