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A Photographer’s Baggage . “Konstrukting” the Konstruktor

This month I got the nicest gift ever. My neighbours went on vocations for a couple of weeks and asked me to take care of their cat. They were a bit worried to leave him with me because hiding under the bed and sharpening his nails in human flesh are among his favourite hobbies and I guess one can say he’s not the friendliest of felines. In the end we got along fine since it was just a matter of wearing gloves, patience and persistence 😉

They returned last week and hand me a tote bag from Paris. I have taken care of other people’s pets before and a smiley “thank you” is more than enough for me. But I guess they were so happy that their feline family member was taken care by someone they know and not by a stranger that they wanted to give me something as a token of their appreciation. I like tote bags. I LOVE Paris. So the tote bag from Paris was more than perfect.

The bag was heavy, “Awww.. they bought me chocolates, how sweet of them” I thought.

But as I opened the bag I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

A box from Lomography, a box from Lomography with a camera, a box from Lomography with a camera that you have to construct by yourself.

I was so surprised, so grateful. Just the day before, as I was developing some rolls of film on the Lomography store in Barcelona, I looked at the Konstruktor camera and thought “This looks so cool, how awesome must be to build an slr camera with your own hands.” And the most admirable part is that the person who bought me the camera doesn’t even knows me. She is the daughter of the cat’s owner, I guess her mother told her my passion for photography and she thought – right on the money – that I would like something like that. They are such generous incredible people.

People never stop to amaze and surprise me. And I’m so glad for that.

The box says you can build it in 1 – 2 hours, which given my lack of ability for detailed projects with minuscule pieces would mean 3 -4 hours, so I decided to dedicate an entire afternoon to do it really slow, relaxed, with time for breaks and taking pictures.

The designers at Lomography really know what their doing and make it really hard on anyone to throw the box away after finishing building the camera. Mine has found her place as a decoration piece on my working area.

Everything looks so tidy and fitting so perfectly together on the interior of the box that it took me more time just to have the courage to start with the project that actually doing it.

A poster, the stickers to customise the camera and the manual.

The first pages of the manual

 

All the pieces out of the box.

At this point I was getting scared by how small some pieces were so I decided to get some tweezers, stop every time I was feeling my hands too sweaty and step by step, piece by pice and before I knew it, the camera was done.

Here she is, the Konstruktor.

 

Maybe on the next Analogique post I can share the first roll of film of this beauty.

 

So, does any of you have a Konstruktor? How was your experience building it? Share your experience on the comments bellow.

     

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