The Beginning Of The Shelf / by John Winfield

One dull day in December 2013 I found myself on a trip to Ikea. I had no real intention or need to buy anything; I was there on the promise of a meatball and chips lunch. When I was walking around the endless sets of mock rooms, that give the impression of individual style whilst being sold in the thousands, I started to think about storage and display; however what was I going to be storing and displaying?

In the past year or two I have started taking Photography up as a hobby, I had always enjoyed taking photos but it was only with a purchase of a DSLR that I started to think more and explore more with my photography. As with any hobby you start to look more and more into things, I started researching all aspects of how, what and when to photograph and like most hobbies equipment became a thing of desire. I needed a fancy tripod; I needed a big high-speed high sync flash, I NEEDED LENSES. All of this though comes at a price though and not being affluent enough to dive into the deep end and buy some Canon L series lenses I would have to wait and save up for such things. The waiting stage got boring and my brain started questioning decisions like spending so much on equipment which wouldn’t boost my images that much. I then got talking to my Dad who used to have an old manual Film SLR, after some convincing I got him to lend it me and that’s when my addiction started. I started to love vintage cameras and shooting on film. I started to collect old cameras; eBay was wonderful for this along with some generous donations from family members. I found myself with more cameras than I could take photos with; they were all around the house, I almost had a camera for each room of the house. This thought started going around my head whilst I was going around Ikea on a boring winters day, I needed somewhere to store and display my collection and thus…

Welcome to The Shelf

Welcome to The Shelf

Vintage cameras are a thing of beauty. Their metal bodies combined with leather make them incredibly aesthetically pleasing. A shelf seemed therefore like the best idea, they are all in one place, they aren’t going to get stepped on and they look great. I had myself a good collection now, some classics such as the SX-70 and some more interesting ones such as my 35x. I started to think though; now they are up on this Shelf looking good what am I going to do next and this is why you are here right now. I didn’t want to just let them look good on a shelf and leave them to be forgotten, I wanted to do something practical and personal with them and so I created this blog. Over the coming months I will be starting to do some little overviews of my experiences with these classic cameras. I don’t intend to be doing full reviews looking in depth at all the features and such because if you want facts and figures then you wouldn’t be looking at a blog. I want to however share my feelings and what I like and dislike about my cameras. I hope you enjoy what I have to say and feel free to comment or message me.