What do you do?
Graphic design, art direction, production design.
Tell us about your camera.
It’s an Asahi Pentax K1000, single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. It takes 35mm film and is made in Japan circa 1976. My most awesome boyfriend bought it for me at Adorama (this wonderful camera store on W18th street in New York) for my birthday. It’s since travelled with me half way around the world. Of my 35+ vintage cameras, it’s by far my favourite. Heavy to hold, easy to use and makes the most amazing “click” sound when you take a photo.
Why is this your favourite photo?
This photo was taken in a back alley somewhere in Istanbul, Turkey. It was the end of the day and we were walking back to our hotel and I spotted this cat casually reclining in the afternoon sun. I only had one shot left, and as is the way with vintage cameras, I didn’t know if it was even going to turn out. I guess I love it because every time I look at it, I am not only reminded of the amazing times we had during our travels but of how I was feeling the moment I took it: happy, relaxed and content with life. Just like this cat.
Why do you take photos?
I’ve always been into photography. I saved up all my pennies and bought my first film camera in year nine (a Pentax MZ-50). I’d spend the whole day in the darkroom at school developing black and white film, totally oblivious to the fact that I had missed all of my classes (sorry, Mr. Verbrugen).It has been 16 years since I bought my first camera and I still carry a film camera wherever I go. I love the romance of it all, capturing a little moment in time before it passes you by. I also love their weight, design and the noises they make. You can really hear how an old camera works. What can I say? They just don’t build things like they used to.