Aside from getting our cameras fresh from the Lomography Online Shop/Gallery Stores, many of us also scour second-hand shops, thrift stores, flea markets, and even our own basements, attics, and storerooms at home for some old cameras, praying that we can still get them to work. Each day we bring home, uncover, and shoot with one, we give these cameras a second chance at life. From there, our analogue days begin or carry on.
Last year, I discovered my mom’s 110 film from the 80’s, a Minolta Pocket Autopak 450E, and found that it’s still perfectly working. Then, recently, I found some more of her old cameras: a Pentax PC-505, a Pentax Espio 115 (from my dad, but it was never used because I think he broke it), and a Canon Autoboy 2. Of course, I was ecstatic at my finds, but more importantly, I wanted to breathe life into them. I dusted them off and checked if they were still working; sadly, only the Pentax PC-505 whirred to life, but I think there’s still a chance for the other two to be repaired.
Perhaps, if I wasn’t so interested in film photography, I wouldn’t have picked them up. I would have simply left them to rot away in the dark and lonely confines of the storage box where I found them. But, I just didn’t have the heart to do that; aside from being an analogue-loving individual, I knew all of these cameras from my childhood. They were like old friends to me. Back then, I even wanted them for myself, even if I knew my parents thought I was too young to own and use a camera.
But, this story is not just mine — it’s yours too. Uncovering, finding, and rediscovering an old camera is a scenario that many of us share, and it’s something we all delight in doing every once in a while. I also believe that whenever we do pick up and shoot with an old camera, we are giving these nearly-forgotten beauties a second chance at life.
That, my friends, is just one of the things our analogue days are made of.
Do you think so too? Share your thoughts about this with a comment below, I’d love to hear your insights and maybe even your stories on finding and “rescuing” some old cameras!