Right Here, Right Now, Back Then in 1977

When Instagram was founded, back in 1977, the company seemed destined for failure. Mainly because founder John ‘Clawless Koala’ Jonstontownson (nicknamed so because he once fought a clawless koala*) liked to do things differently. Idiotically, really. But don’t blame John Jonstontownson. Remember, he was a child of his era and many things went topsy-turvy in the 1970s: ugly became the …

Fat Boys Unite

Just like me, the Agfa Clack is lovely and chubby. Also a bit like me, it’s a camera, a device recording the world around it without taking part in most of its activities. There’s also a few obvious differences. Its focus is better than mine, it’s from Germany and it was born in 1954, fifteen years before me. The Clack …

Quartz 5 Film Camera <BR>Part III

Good things come to those who keep at it till it’s done. Taking apart the Quartz 5 camera was a pleasant challenge, photographing all 340 parts and cleaning them up in Photoshop a bore, and sorting out the mess a devilish molehill of mountainous proportions, but the result is a great sense of achievement and my fourth largest Deconstruction to …

Bronze medalist: <BR>Agfa Synchro Box

As the Quartz 5 film camera is still Under Deconstruction -at a steady pace of two steps forward, one step back- I’d like to present one I did earlier, in order to keep myself mo- and my audience captivated. I proudly present: The Agfa Synchro Box. Though the rust would suggest otherwise, the Synchro Box isn’t all that old. This …

Quartz 5 Film Camera <BR>Part II

I’m still chewing away on the Quartz 5 film camera -as the internet meme goes: we will rebuild! There’s only about twenty parts still unaccounted for, as far as figuring out their original position in this ingenious piece of machinery goes. In total, there’s about 340 pieces, and though they don’t make much of a molehill, it’s quite the mountain* …

Quartz 5 Film Camera <BR>Part I

Every once in a while I bite off more than I can or care to chew. In which case I tend to spit it out into a garbled mess of parts that barely resembles a structured Deconstruction. This has already happened twice with film camera’s. They’re pretty ingenious little machines, with loads of tiny parts. The results (or failures, if …