Even before digital cameras snapped the photography landscape, older movie cameras have always had an edgy, stylish vibe. They’re plentiful on the current market, and you can often score great bargains, so they may be an inexpensive way to spark your interiors with a gathered display.
When you plan to put your vintage cameras into use, go through a reputable dealer — you do not want to take a chance with internet auction websites or local garage sales. A trader can help you figure out a vintage camera’s condition, find a model that uses film still accessible and offer ideas on how to coax out the very best possible shots. Many offer a guarantee as well. Try KEH, Collectible Cameras, Adorama and E.P. Levine to start.
If, however, you’re more interested in attractiveness than function — and in case you do not care about value — don’t hesitate to save money on thrift-store or Craigslist finds. Stumped for how to exhibit them? These ideas will get your creative juices pumping.
Like things always have more impact when grouped together. The same as the trio of vases with this side desk, the set of cameras brings a great deal more attention in unison than either camera would on its own.
What an approach to art! Frames surround a grid of cameras for a beautifully manicured screen.
Layers of vintage chic add as much as a supercool impact in this setting, by the midcentury modern–fashion cupboard to the old-school phone and cameras.
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Purists may shriek, but spray painting a classic camera elevates it to the realm of sculpture.
Cameras, rather than paperbacks or bric-a-brac, dot these bookshelves for a lovely shadow box effect. This therapy is evidence that you don’t have to audience shelves with objects — occasionally simplicity works best.
Wondering what to do with a sterile mantel? An assortment of cameras appears so much fresher than the expected candles or vases.
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I adore the way this peekaboo camera is slotted to a shelving unit full of additional flotsam — you do not notice it right away, and that’s the purpose. It is a sly surprise amid ordinary objects.
Amid a display of clocks and old books and photos, a set of cameras adds a period-appropriate finishing touch.
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