by Steve Warren
So, it turns out here at Rose Filtered HQ we’ve developed a slight addiction to collecting retro vintage cameras. This was by no means an intentional choice, it just kind of happened. It all started with the idea of making little vintage style postcards for our Etsy shop of old retro cameras. Ebay showed a fantastic range of vintage cameras, going for a huge range of prices, just a few careless clicks and we’d have to sell an awful lot of postcards to make this project worthwhile!
After a LOT of research we bagged two very cute looking Kodak Instamatic cameras for £1.20 – total bargain! (OK, so postage was £8.95 so not that much of a bargain but still pretty cheap). Lots of fun was had photographing these great little cameras but I quickly realised that if these were going to be postcards we could really do with a few different ones to make a set. So back onto ebay and look for more cameras… the bank account quivering in fear….! I bagged my current favourite, a Kodak Instamatic 100 model for just £4.
Then a venture up into the loft leads to a surprise find – my old camera from my younger years. We do own a retro camera after all! As I removed the worn leather case what did I find – only a Kodak Instamatic 50, woo hoo!!! What are the chances! A worthy addition to the set.
So, if you’ve been keeping mental notes you’ll have realised that’s 4 retro cameras, which means a set of 4 postcards – perfect. That’s pretty much what I imagined when I set out on this project. So no need for any more cameras then. Well you’d think not. Have I been endlessly looking on ebay at more Instamatic cameras? Yes. Do I have an Instamatic 204 and 300 on the way to me as I write? Afraid so. Do I have a bid currently on two more Instamatic cameras? I think you probably know the answer. Does Leanne know about these latest purchases? She will when she reads this. How much trouble will I be in? Probably lots. Do I need an intervention? Maybe…
Our retro camera postcards will be available from our Etsy shop later in June.
Additional notes by Leanne Warren: Yes an intervention is required! I’m also slightly gutted that Steve didn’t get the retro Polaroid camera with the rainbow stripes that I’ve been hinting about all week… it soo cute and I might start stamping my feet and spitting my dummy out if we can’t include that in the postcard set. I think we might both need an intervention but only once I’ve bagged a Polaroid – that or a new house to store them all plus a win on the lottery.