Dan Arnold, aka dinospork, hails from Washington State in the USA and is one of Lomography Magazine's new regular writers. Know more about his upcoming series, featuring reviews and demonstrations of vintage analog cameras, after the break.
Born in the 70s, Dan Arnold was born and raised taking snapshots on film cameras (the only choice back then, of course), from family photos on Polaroids and Kodak Discs to his beloved aging Pentax K1000, given to him as a parting gift as he embarked on his first international solo trip at the tender age of 16. He’s been writing, traveling, and taking pictures ever since, even briefly working as a traveling music writer for a start-up toward the end of the dot-com bubble.
These days, Dan tries to seek out pictures of strange and beautiful scenes that go unnoticed by those looking for obvious grandeur, believing that fantastic images can be found anywhere if you look closely enough, from the secret depths of a crack in the sidewalk to the shimmering pinnacle of your city’s tallest skyscraper.
Lately, he’s been finding the same sort of hidden beauty while working with old cameras. “I’m not a camera tech or any sort of expert, I’m just somebody with a pack of q-tips and a lot of curiosity about old cameras and how they work. I believe that great photos can be taken with nearly any camera. It’s not about the equipment, it’s about the ideas, the feeling an image hitting your eye creates, and a basic understanding and love of how light behaves as it passes through a small hole in a black box. I operate on the theory that interesting pictures can be taken by anybody who can dig an old camera out of a closet, thrift store, garage sale, or dumpster, as long as they’re willing to take a few minutes to clean it up and take basic steps to get it going again.” (dinospork)
This series, appearing monthly in the Tipster section, is about putting that theory to the test.
Once a month, Dan will acquire an analog camera, working or not, show you the steps he has to take to restore it to basic functionality, and then run one roll of color and one roll of black & white film through it. From grimy wrecks to pampered showpieces, Dan will photograph, fix, and clean any low-budget vintage film camera he can get his hands on. To keep things interesting, he won’t spend more than $50 USD on any featured camera. He gets to negotiate the used camera markets and wrangle the cameras, you get to see What It Takes.
The international Magazine team of Lomography is currently looking for dedicated writers who are interested in contributing articles (to any section) on a regular basis. Eager and interested? Read this call-out article and we’ll be waiting for your emails!