Some might believe that the use of a toy camera affords some kind of magical access to making art.
However, a toy camera is not a quick or easy way to make artful imagery. If anything, it is more difficult to make images that make any kind of impression that matters.
While the toy camera is full of beautiful aberrations, interesting focus and crazy leaks, it shouldn’t be just about the defects that a toy camera imposes.
To do so misses the point of photography.
Rather, it is a certain kind of playful vision that can be used to see the world more seriously.
Photography with a toy camera is about seeing with a different eye. It is about discovering the world through a simple lens – not simple mind.
Where you point it and what you point it at makes a huge difference as to the kind of image and the depth of subject it portrays. Using a simple camera well lies somewhere between the cameras capability to record simply and your idea of what subjects to bring to light.
A photograph is a concept or a thought that is brought into being. It is meant to produce a reaction that will grow one’s insight into the world. Simplicity is not the end game. It is simply a means for discovery and for seeing. It is meant to convey something new.
The use of a toy camera to make an image is not to produce shallowness, but rather to express deeply. Even if the intent is play. The simplicity of a tool should not impair the vision.
Playing is a learning process. It is based on how well we utilize the toys we employ.
The toy itself is a lifeless object. Yet, it has the potential to give spirit to a subject. But it is ultimately up to us to make it do its magic.
Play in photography is all about seeing.
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