My Journey to Photography
As far back as I can remember, I was fascinated with cameras. I remember my dad had several old cameras in the hall closet that I used to look at and wish I could use. They were so old that we couldn't get film for them!
As far as I remember I got my first camera, a 135, from my sister. I believe it was her old one. Remember those? A little boxy thing that had a place on top to snap in the flashcube for four inside pictures! Looked something like this. The fancy ones later on had the "built-in flash".
Then there was the Pocket Instamatic, a little rectangular camera that fit in your pocket! I loved that thing! The first ones still used the flashcubes. After that I got the Vivitar with the built in flash (pictured). I took that camera everywhere. In fact, I think I used it when I graduated from 8th grade to take pictures of my friends!
So I would take pictures of my cats, dogs, hamsters, Barbies, friends, and whatever else I felt like. Does anyone remember going to the drug store, putting your exposed film in an envelope, filling in your name, address, and phone number, and tearing off the strip with the matching number on it so you could "prove" those were your pictures? Then you would have to wait a whole week to get your pictures back? It was horrible, and it wasn't cheap either! I'm sure I cost my parents a lot of money in developing costs! I was so excited to get that envelope and see how my pictures turned out. Most of those pictures, or at least the ones I still have, are yellowing and some are hard to see, but I still treasure them and keep them in a safe place!
I was never really a fan of the Polaroid camera. I didn't like the pictures and sometimes they would not eject properly and you had to watch your fingers. They were really horrible, not to mention expensive! You only got 10 pictures which just was not enough for me! At least with my little cameras I could get 12 to 24 exposures!
So that was the beginning....
I remember my Polaroid. Every time I hear Hey Ya, Black Eyed Peas I think of it because we really did wave it around and on cold days we would put it under our arm-pit, otherwise it wouldn't develop! Ahhh, good times....
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