On a trip to New York, I stumbled on a tiny thrift store with a few old cameras toward the back. I didn’t have a camera with me on this trip so thought I’d grab a 35mm point and shoot. Luckily found a Konica C53 Auto, which looked in near mint condition, but the light meter wasn’t working, I thought at the time must be the battery, but sadly it was busted. I managed to get a few good pictures, but they were a little overexposed.
I was a frustrated teenage photographer, unable to afford the cameras that I saw in the window of Jessops in Belfast and in the pages of Amateur Photographer that I browsed – and occasionally bought – in the newsagents. This was the era of classic enthusiast film cameras – the Olympus OM system, the Pentax MX and ME, the Canon A series, the Minolta XD’s and my personal favourites, the Nikon FM and FE. Time passed and my enthusiasm passed with it, only rekindled much later in the era of the plastic, auto- everything camera.