One of my favorite things to do while in the city is visit flea markets. Even more so if they are full of antiques and vintage items. You can almost always find something you like, and if not, you'll certainly have some interesting conversations.
Another one of my favorite things are cameras. Over the last couple of years I have fallen in love with analogue photography - well, instant photography. I currently own two Fujifilm Instax cameras: the mini 8 and the mini 90. I find myself looking at these tiny, framed pictures way more often than the thousands of digital ones taken by my DSLR that are all stored away on my computer. The fact that the film actually costs something makes me think twice before snapping a photo, and that thoughtfullness is almost always lost when shooting with digital cameras. It's so easy to just point and shoot 50 pictures, cause you can just delete them later at no extra cost. I automatically feel more attached to each image and appreciate it more, when I shoot analogue.
So I bought a vintage, post-war folding Retinette camera (type 017) from around 1952-54. It wasn't exactly clean, but the seller said that all the mechanics were in working order and that it should be no problem to use. It came with a beautiful leather case/bag and I payed about 75$ for it. A little bit expensive, I know, but here in Denmark everything is.
Now all I have to do is purchase some 35 mm film online, do some test-shots and somewhere to develop the exposed film. I hope to find a darkroom at some point, so I can try to develop the photos myself. I know it perhaps isn't a very usefull skill nowadays, but i consider it a fun challenge as a photographer.
Thank you for reading! I hope to see you back again soon.