17 January 2013

Aux Petits Oiseaux

Post title is French for "a sentiment of great joy," or, precisely what this new-to-me antique film camera brings my way. It caught my eye from its spot on a rickety table where it sat at an outdoor flea market in Sofia. And--surprise!--it works. Through a bit of googling, I've traced it to originating in Poland in the early 1960's.

In a way, I feel like my photographic artistry and development has evolved in such a random manner. It's still hard for me to call myself a photographer with a capital P. I try not to get caught up in the comparison game too often, but it's easy to spiral into episodes of self doubt, which usually end up spawning a misguided desire for fancier equipment and a formal degree.

Finding this little film camera was both timely and serendipitous. I'm looking forward to learning more by going back to the basics.


  1. What a stunning camera! I hope she (it's a she, right?) helps you find the confident to put a capital P on your title–I think it's absolutely deserved!

  2. love the title, love the camera!

  3. it is a perfect camera and so vintage.....perrrrrfect!

  4. Beautiful camera, do you know whether or not it still works? It'd be interesting to see the photographs that come from it (assuming you could still find film for it)

    1. yes, as far as I know, it's in working order. I suppose we'll truly find out when I submit my first film scans for processing!

  5. I stumbled upon your blog once, I think I may have been searching for photographers + NYC. I'm coming out from 'lurking' to tell you that I completely understand where you are coming from on the calling yourself a 'Photographer'! I am in that same place! I like your work and think you have a nice eye and unique view.

  6. what an awesome find! I've been wanting a camera like that for a while now... maybe someday. I can't wait to see the photos you take with it. have a wonderful weekend, my dear.


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