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In the Beginning

To outline how I managed to wander onto the path of toy camera-dom here are extracts from my old blog punkclown daze – Flash Back to April 2005 ~ (wavy visuals and twilight zone theme goes here)

Saturday, April 09, 2005
Whooot! I’m a WINNER!
Well, to cap off a lovely sunny day spent with friends and family I arrived home to find an email from a generous photoblogger named Susan B – who recently had a camera raffle on her site outafocus (has some great photos btw) for some toy cameras. If you wish to find out more on Toy Cameras there is a website devoted to them: ~ anyway to cut a long story short, I actually won one of the cameras she was raffling! I have never won a raffle in my life, so I was pleasantly surprised. Susan is also sending a roll of film with it to get started (I think it takes 120 film) so I have no excuse not to do a bit of Toy Camera (stay tuned for results from this camera) I’m looking forward to it. Some think that the lomo’s are toy cameras but i think there would be debate about that, as traditionally toy cameras usually have plastic lens, but perhaps it’s more about the look of the final developed image…my Supersampler is probably somewhere between a novelty camera and a toy camera, but it has glass lenses (all 4 of them) ~ anyhow digression and discussion aside, I would like to say a big THANKS to Susan!
Now I’m going out to look through my Telescope as it is a wonderfully clear and balmy night.

(later that month)

Saturday, April 16, 2005
Thanks Susan
I would like to thank Susan Burnstine from outafocus for being such a nice person and fellow camera afficianado – today the Empire Junior she raffled (and I won) on her site arrived by post! Cool! I even managed to load the 120 film (which Susan also generously supplied) without busting it. Now to get some black masking tape for the light leaks she warned me about!
Stay tuned for some 120 photos from this cute little camera (refer to image of me very happy with aforementioned camera)

So there you have it, although I was aware of toy camera photography and had admired other people’s toy camera work elsewhere, I really was inexperienced until I got my hands on this little beauty from Susan, so if you apprecaite my stuff, thank Susan B. Of course if my toy camera photography sucks, that’s entirely my fault, not Susans!

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