Posts Tagged ‘camera’

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 22

December 22, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #22 – Lomo Fisheye Camera

An iconic camera. So much has been written about its impact on photography, that to sum it up here would be an exercise in futility. Therefore, those interested can read all about the cheeky bulbous chappy here.

The model above is available from Gadgethub, although you can find various models all over the internet. I saw a rather fetching wooden-panelled one, but it was sold out. For shame.

To play us out, we have Xzibit with, you guessed it, Paparazzi. Lady Gaga can go catch a hot one.


Leica x Hermes M7 (Limited Edition)

November 26, 2009


Leica, everyone’s favourite vintage camera brand, has joined forces with Hermes to produce the limited edition M7 in Hermes’ trademark orange/tan colourways with chrome accents. Only 100 of these will be produced, for the rather exorbitant price of $14,000 each. Bargain. I have to say that the look of these goes perfectly with Hermes’ a/w 09/10 collection – the vintage airman aesthetic is truly captured in this item – you can almost imagine seeing it in the cockpit of a Lancaster bomber circa 1942. Very, very nice.



Adventures In Analogue

October 10, 2009

Two disposable cameras. Here are my findings:

This guy was getting arrested.

The most 70’s building ever!


Citizen Camera – Sabina House, Uganda

September 29, 2009

As media communication becomes ever more sophisticated and influential in the development of Western societies, the disparity between first and third worlds has never been starker. Economic wealth has divided the globe for centuries; solutions to solving debt and poverty mired by politics, colonialism, religion and corruption. However, there is no such reason as to why the technological gulf cannot be stemmed.

Post-based ‘Cash for Mobile’ schemes enable unused handsets to be reused in the third world. Why can’t the same principle be applied to computers, monitors, motherboards, mice, keyboards, digital cameras and wire? Without these parts and tools, any chance of real technological infrastructure being implemented in developing countries seems all the more unlikely. It’s a simple case of supply and demand.

To be able to create ‘meaning’ that can be quickly shared and duplicated across the globe (I.E. media products such as photography, film, art and writing) people of the third world have little chance of competing economically in the future.

Therefore, it warms my heart to see organisations like Winchester-based Citizen Camera going to Uganda and teaching children there photography and film-making methods. As the video below details, their brief, but ultimately beneficial workshops enable these Ugandan children – many of whom have never even touched a camera before – to create their own meaning, to tell their own story.

This short piece by the children of Sabina House, is an enriching watch. The material within is not completely alien to me, after all, I’ve seen comic relief appeals many times. However, it is refreshing to imbibe their world, their experiences and life without emotionally-charged charity messages blurring my understanding.

So as I sit here in Southampton, blogging on my Dell workstation, I can watch and appreciate Ugandan life through the eyes of the children who live there. I only hope for more initiatives like this.

Watch the Sabina House film here

Many thanks to Mr Karin Stowe.