With the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival already hitting Colorado’s desert grounds this weekend, it’s safe to assume that the festival season is about to lift off. For the concert goers, this means a lot of incredible memories marked by all the beautiful festival discomforts one can think of and backed by an amazing soundtrack. The most convenient and increasingly popular method of encapsulating these experiences is via the means of the so-called toy cameras – devices that are designed to inject fun back into photography.
For those unfamiliar with the concept of toy cameras, it essentially stands for a type of analogue photo camera that is often built from cheap plastic and possesses the very basic mechanism necessary for putting down an image onto a film. While lacking the technological sophistication and functionality we’re so accustomed to, these cameras surely compensate with the sheer sense of magic which, paradoxically, arises from their technical limitations. Growing from a mere gimmick into a full-fledged form of art photography thanks to organizations like Lomography and Project Impossible, these cameras have become a refreshing DIY alternative in the somewhat overly saturated hi-tech camera market.
As they’re often used by an audience segment with a strong penchant for vintage aesthetics, namely millennials, it’s no wonder that the shutter noise unison made by toy cameras can often be heard right on the festival grounds. With that in mind, let’s have a look at the 5 best toy cameras for the festival season of 2018!
A tribute to the legendary Diana camera that dominated the late 1960’s, Diana F+ surely does an incredible job at replicating the world-famous surrealist imagery the original became so renowned for. With a variety of available apertures, the trademark vignette, and slightly distorted colours, it’s the perfect festival companion, capturing the feel of the event more than documenting it. It’s a dream pop version of a photo camera, if you like.
A name that really requires no introduction in the world of analogue photography, Holga 120 really embodies the idea of the transcending beauty provided by defective film photography. Although not as easily acquirable as the former entry, Holga 120 can still be found on numerous web stores where the 5-star rating is almost a constant occurrence. Frequently labelled a classic toy camera, Holga 120 is really a dream made of plastic. Providing a tad bit washed-out imagery, it’s a camera that captures what initially seems uncapturable.
So, you want to go one step further and make a live-action featurette of your festival experiences? You’re surely free to do so with the only restriction being the 1-minute timeframe. With that said, limitations imposed by LomoKino can often be more liberating than the freedom provided by some of the cutting-edge video recorders out there. A 35mm camera for all the DIY filmmakers out there, LomoKino is basically all the amateur filmmaking joys in a nutshell – cheap, easy to use and stunning to look at. All in all, it’s 144 frames of pure excellence!
So, do you believe in the prospect of making your own, fully functional photo camera from scratch? Konstruktor surely delivers upon the premise, providing a 100% plastic item which, miraculously enough, indeed takes photos. Even more, they look simply amazing. If you have some spare time for additional handicraft, piecing together your very own Konstruktor might be the ultimate way of preparing for a wonderful festival run!
Any Disposable Camera out There
With all things 90’s becoming an object of mainstream admiration, it’s no wonder that disposable cameras are back with a boom. We, however, couldn’t be happier about it! For a price that won’t have any impact on your wallet whatsoever, you acquire a toy-like device that will satisfy your nostalgic cravings and provide you with a selection of beautiful, lo-fi snaps featuring your friends and favourite acts. Much like all the other devices on this list, it’s a way of encapsulating the vibe more so than the actual scene.
When it comes to festival photography, it’s really about more than just pure technical prowess. Memories that are laced with the same kind of delightfully hazy appeal as the actual event should be accordingly perpetuated. As for the results, the ambience will be perfectly maintained regardless of the print format you choose. Toy cameras are as trendy as they’ve ever been, while the festival season of 2018 might be the best time to test their capabilities!