Hey internet. Travis here, and it’s confession time: I’m kind of a junk junkie. No, I’m not talking about junk food, I’m talking about pure, unadulterated junk. Stuff that belongs in…well, belongs nowhere, because it’s no good anymore.

Case in point – in our garage, I have an old gutted shell of a TV from the early 50’s. I found it in a pile of junk on one of my quests to get lost, and even though it was really weathered and had white bird poop on one side, I thought it was kind of neat so I loaded it in back of the Jeep and brought it home…and let me tell you, Laura was pretty excited when she saw it. After I introduced her and the faded brown TV box with bird poop on one side, this is how the conversation went:

Laura, (kind of cute but kind of grossed out look on her face) “What do you want to do with this again?”

Me, excited and talking fast, “I’mgoingtomountaphotowherethescreenusedtobeandBACKLIGHTit!!! ItwillbeAWESOME!!!”

Anyway, so I guess I should clarify – if you dropped a big pile of junk off at my doorstep (please don’t do that), I’d probably not dive in and swim in it or anything. Maybe I would if it were old VW bus parts. Maybe. Really though, I guess I’m only a junk junkie only when I can see something in the junk that can remake it into something unique and awesome, giving it new life and simultaneously un-junkifying it.

That was a long introduction to a short post, and maybe I already lost you – if so, just look at the photo below and know that Laura and I just got a new camera, and get excited about it because we will probably shoot a crazy photo of you with it sometime soon.

For those of you still with me, the story goes like this:

I left the grocery store one afternoon, and somewhere deep down the junk monster started growling, needing to be satiated. No interesting piles of junk were in sight, and I knew that the monster needed to be fed. So I says to myself, I says: “There’s a thrift store just down the street! Maybe there’s some cool junk there!” and off I went.

I walked in, and the first glass cabinet I looked into held was a neat, vintage Polaroid camera – bellows and all. I asked to look at it, and while the lady was opening the back of the cabinet I noticed a little rectangular box next to the Polaroid with a $30 price tag on it. I asked what it was, and the lady said “I think it’s a camera.” Starting to get excited, I asked to see it, but couldn’t get it open. I could tell it was old by the worn leather edges of the box, and finally found a secret button, and lo and behold, look what popped out:

I tried to hide my excitement – I bought it on the spot, of course, and have been more or less in love ever since. It is a Voigtlander Avus, a medium format 6x9cm, circa 1930. We cut some film for it in the darkroom a few days ago and loaded 5 or so plates, and I’m excited to use it to capture some shots of our upcoming clients with it! So cool.

And the monster was satisfied…for now. The end.

I call this the Voigtlander-stache…

  • March 23, 2010 - 2:41 pm

    Gina Casto Appel - me too! I have an old rusty barbecue that I'm going to turn into a planter among other random things around the houseReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    Travis Ramos - YES!!!! Join the club!!! Anyone else? eh, eh?ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2010 - 2:55 pm

    Holly Canfield - oh! great oldie but goodie camera! i like junk…i'm a sucker for old farm junk and vintage food packaging.ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Travis Ramos - Yes!! Farm junk is the best! haha…and I also like old food packaging and the like – let's see, I have an old Maxwell Coffee can from the ~60s, a Rawleigh's Furniture Polish tin ca 1950s, and an old tin can of Neatslene shoe grease, all found in abandoned houses. Hah!ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2010 - 4:45 pm

    Dianne - Just a quick shout out from Oklahoma.
    Oh my,you are your Mothers son! Lol
    I thought only Deb was a junk junkie. Funny thing is she like you gets so excited when she finds things. Haha
    Awesome find on that camera and I love following you and Laura on the blog !!!!!ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2010 - 7:18 pm

    Ashley - Oh this post is amazing. Love the beginning commentary. You didn't lose me AT ALL. I couldn't wait to see what you found. That camera is gorgeous. Love it!! Hmmm..when you said "we will probably shoot a crazy photo of you with it sometime soon" I know you were directly talking to me! ;) haha Awesome find and Laura is adorable..but you knew that!ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2010 - 10:01 pm

    John Allison - WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!
    Travis, I miss you so much, dude. I laughed for so long when I read this post… well, mostly when I saw the Voitlander-stache. Ha ha ha! Oh man… We gotta have some quality time soon.ReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2010 - 9:08 am

    Travis - Diane, you got that right…hah! One of my favorite things to do is go explore old abandoned houses – which Mom and I used to always do growing up.

    Ash – thank you!! :))

    John, I agree man!! Way tooo long! I could do with some good hanging out togeth…ReplyCancel

  • March 26, 2010 - 11:23 pm

    Ben - Hahaha. That last picture is killer.ReplyCancel

  • March 27, 2010 - 6:51 pm

    Holly Canfield - seth and i will volunteer as some "upcoming clients"! :)ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2010 - 6:02 pm

    Lindsay & Jason | Colorado Springs Engagement Session | Fuse Photographic Colorado Wedding & Portrait Photographers | the blog. - […] some of you might remember my love affair with old junk. I’m kind of addicted to cool, yet hopelessly worthless junk; […]ReplyCancel

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *