The Collection by swillinbillyflynn

The Collection

I came to photography rather late in life (about 9 years ago) and never really had anything to do with film..... My first real camera was a decent digital one (Canon EOS 650D) So unlike most people of my age, I didn't come to digital photography from a film background.

However a few years ago, a friend asked me to go along with her to a 35mm film class being held at a local art gallery, so I picked up an old Pentax film camera from a charity shop and went along.

It didn't take long before I was hooked and I fell in love with film. I liked the darkroom, the chemicals, the enlargers and the magic paper..... it was like dabbling in the dark arts, it felt like alchemy........ and before long I had set up my own home darkroom and had started collecting old and vintage film cameras from charity shops, car boot sales and eBay.

I now have a collection of 66 (so far) cameras dating from my 1914 box brownie through to modern film cameras......... and they all work. It is now starting to look a bit like a museum of photography.
Ohh...such a tidy museum too.....!
April 18th, 2021  
Pretty incredible!
April 18th, 2021  
What a great collection. I have a friend who also collects old and vintage cameras. He started his collection about 25 years ago and told his wife that when he retired he would sell his collection to help fund his pension. Well he has now been retired 15 years and is still collecting. He has about 400 cameras now.
April 18th, 2021  
What a fabulous collection.
April 18th, 2021  
@onewing I've got a way to go yet then. :)
April 18th, 2021  
Wow! Wonderful collection! Congratulations!
April 18th, 2021  
When you take to a new hobby, you pursue it passionately, don't you! That is an amazing collection.
April 18th, 2021  
Superb! Do you manage to shoot each of them every now and then?
April 18th, 2021  
@jyokota If a thing's worth doing....... :)
April 18th, 2021  
@domenicododaro I run a roll of film through each new one I buy. Just to make sure they are working properly. Several rolls if I really like the camera. :)
April 18th, 2021  
Very impressive
April 18th, 2021  
What a collection and in such a short time. All my appreciation for your performance.
April 18th, 2021  
Very nice collection. Safe to say that was a day that changed your life forever
April 18th, 2021  
Jo
Fabulous collection - I love your description of your discovery of using film, I agree it is sort of magical.
April 18th, 2021  
What an impressive collection.
April 18th, 2021  
Lovely collections
April 18th, 2021  
What a great collection.
April 18th, 2021  
Wow an impressive collection
April 18th, 2021  
Wow what a fantastic collection and beautifully displayed.
April 18th, 2021  
An impressive collection! There was something special about the scent of the chemicals in the dark room and yes, it was (and still is) magical.
April 18th, 2021  
i would like to see some of your film photos. @spanner thought he had a lot ! Mine have the indignity of being higgledy piggelty inside camera bags
April 18th, 2021  
So cool!! Great collection!
April 18th, 2021  
making your own prints must be amazing. i remember the swans taken with the brownie...
April 19th, 2021  
@kali66 I love printing my own photos. but the best thing about film photography is the social aspect. You walk around with a box brownie round your neck...... and you will get dozens of people who come up and want to talk to you about it. :)
April 19th, 2021  
what an amazing collection!
April 19th, 2021  
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