Contax 167MT Review: Perfection at the Twilight of the Film Era

What does a film camera look like? A silver metal body and black leatherette? Imagine a manual-focus lens shift on smooth machine oil to the sound of an audible click as the mirror flashes open. The tool of a professional with an eye for the decisive moment. This is all true, but swap out the … Continue reading Contax 167MT Review: Perfection at the Twilight of the Film Era

A Land of Geology: Part 1

When the first explorers discovered the glacier-covered archipelago about 1,000 miles above Norway called "Svalbard", the land probably appeared slowly from the grey arctic backdrop, the imposing mountains silhouetted like a Lovecraftian alien planet. For me, Svalbard came suddenly into view from an ever-lightening night sky as my plane traveled further North. The dark of … Continue reading A Land of Geology: Part 1

Bartleby’s Machines: Hermes Rocket/ Hermes Baby Typewriter Review

The day I received my Hermes Rocket in the mail, I opened it in the five minutes I had before my Medieval Romance class was set to begin. My professor, a lovely  woman in her mid 60's with a German Shepard named Bodo constantly in tow, recognized the brand immediately, and then promptly corrected my … Continue reading Bartleby’s Machines: Hermes Rocket/ Hermes Baby Typewriter Review

Olympus Trip 35 Review: A Legacy of Pivotal Moments Through Clumsy Glass

If you were born before the late 90's, there’s a good chance you have distant memories of your parents taking pictures on film cameras. You probably weren’t aware of what they were shooting on at the time of course. If your folks were anything like mine, a young couple in way over their heads and … Continue reading Olympus Trip 35 Review: A Legacy of Pivotal Moments Through Clumsy Glass

Lomo LC-A Review: Comprehension of the Necessities

What can be written about the Lomo LC-A that hasn’t been already by its cult following or the marketing team of the Lomographic Society? It is the genesis for the entire Lomographic movement, as well as a critical factor in convincing my younger self to take photography seriously. To carry an LC-A it in the … Continue reading Lomo LC-A Review: Comprehension of the Necessities