As time passes, I realize that there are certain materials things that I have grown to cherish and consider precious. My vintage camera collection is one of them.
Every time I pass by one of my old cameras, I’m taken back to day trips to the cottage with my family. The warm breeze of summer and melting ice cream cones by the lake. Every summer we drive down to a little curiosity shop in the middle of nowhere and explore with amazement at the many, many items the shop keeper has collected over the years.
She has been doing this for the past 50+ years and admitted things can get a ‘little’ cluttered at home. We came to appreciate why after a couple of our attempts to purchase items were met with ‘I’m not in a rush to sell this’ or ‘I don’t think I want to sell that today’. Perhaps they held a story so dear to her that she could not let go or perhaps they were given to her by a beloved relative…I’ll never know.
This particular piece of art sits in our office downstairs. I don’t think I’ve ever shared it here on the blog before.
I painted it a couple of years ago but was recently reminded by this pillow from Graham & Brown and thought it would make a great addition to my son’s room, where I cautiously will be displaying my precious cameras. We just finished building some really cool industrial shelves and I can’t wait to share them with you. If you’ve never heard of Graham & Brown, they are UK based company which has recently opened in the US and Canada. I have the honour to be one of their brand ambassadors. I welcome you to visit their site and be inspired by their gorgeous wallpapers and home decor accessories.
This cameras tend to move around a lot in our home. When we did the hanging shelves HERE.
My old late summer mantel HERE
Last year’s home tour.
It’s funny how certain things make you feel nostalgic. Do you have any items which you treasure and move around often?
Monique | WritingMonique says
I am so jealous, right now! This vintage camera collection is absolutely great!
I love this post. I love hearing about the shopkeeper who has difficulty parting with her things.
Erin Her Heartland Soul says
Gail Plaskiewicz says
My sister is a photographer. She has a web site called theproudpeacock.com where she puts her photography on purses, cosmetic bags and other things. She has a 35mm camera that she uses for her photos. I know she will love to see your photos which is why I passed this on to her. I love all your photos! My dad was an amateur photographer. When I was growing up, my dad took movies of every Christmas, birthday, Thanksgiving and lots of vacations. Until he had some of the movies put on VHS and then DVD I had forgotten most of what went on. A lot of those relatives and friends have passed on but it’s so wonderful to see them all in movies and remember the fun we all had. God bless movies & photographs!
I love your collection cameras. I got intrested in photography in High school and have loved it ever since. Last quarter I had my first class with digital camera 101 wow! I had so much fun, the only regret is I did not have the free time I really needed to have more practice with the camera
Jamie | anderson + grant says
I love seeing collections of old items like cameras used in displays. They are really beautiful in their own way. I especially like the way the hanging shelves are styled with them. And I have to say that this was a really lovely written post…..You drew me right into your memories 🙂