About a million months ago Lindsay and I went on an adventure to Tokyu Hands. Tokyu Hands is a enormous craft and hobby store in Shibuya, with about seven floors of anything you can imagine for crafting. Think of it as Jennie-wonderland. Michaels on crack. A place where art dreams come true. I frequently make pilgrimages to this magical place, much to the detriment of my budgetary restrictions.
I am a huge fan of plastic cameras. I have been eyeing a blackbird for years, but can’t bring myself to spend the dough – $110?! It’s made of plastic! So I was delighted to find this adorable build-it-yourself 35mm plastic twin lens reflex, and Lindsay and I each purchased a kit for about $30.
Lindsay built hers immediately, but as I’m more lazy and intimidated by self-construction, I only recently built mine. As engineeringly-challenged as I am, I managed to put it together despite misdirects from my Japanese directions. Even more amazingly it works! It’s fantastic! The sense of accomplishment you attain from building a Japanese product is much greater than Ikea furniture, I assure you. I am now queen of building actual working machines, whereas formally I was only princess of a $50 wardrobe.
If you’ve never tried plastic cameras, I urge you to return to your photographic roots. Remember when in elementary school, your mom gave you a cheap-o camera and you snapped all kinds of ridiculous photos of school field trips on 110 film? Or wait, was that only me? Those days aren’t over friends, I’m bringing my camera on vacation with me next week, so you can see the fruits of my labor. Stay tuned.