I love puzzles. I love taking things apart and then putting the pieces back together again. I love the fact that as I do so, I am able to understand a bit more on how it works, or at least its function and contribution to the whole entity.
When I was younger, I remember spending countless of hours on our living room’s floor with hundreds of puzzle pieces scattered around me. It didn’t matter how long it took me to complete the whole image, as long as I did it on my own — even as a child, I refused to ask for help from the adults if I can help it.
I used to sneak my Grandpa’s screwdrivers out from his toolbox too, and dissect whatever I can get my hands on. The victim was usually our VHS player, and then later on, my computer’s CPU.
(Although, I do try my best to remember where everything went before I took it apart; it wouldn’t do me good if I end up breaking it, now would it? How would my younger self watch her Disney tapes if the player is broken?)
There’s just something immensely satisfying in seeing a final and unified outcome out of something that came in a pile of individual parts. Perhaps, it stems from the knowledge that you know why each bit is there, from the bigger parts and down to the smallest screw, and what purpose it serves.
Which is why my curiosity was understandably tickled upon the launch of the Konstruktor. An SLR that you can build from the ground up? Yes please. My hands are just itching to grab one of these babies.
But what do you guys think? Have you ever done a bit of curious tinkering? Or do you think of it as a chore?
The Konstruktor is the world’s first Do-It-Yourself 35mm SLR camera. With it, you can easily build your very own camera from scratch. It’s the perfect tool for having fun whilst learning the exciting mechanics behind how analogue photography works. Get yours from the Online Shop or Lomography Gallery Stores Worldwide. Find out more about the camera on the Konstruktor Site.