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 …