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In the footsteps of the Leica M, here’s my Audrey Camera!
This camera is for +2 year old toddlers who want to get a heads up on photography.
Very sturdy white poster board with detailing in black ink and a flurry of moonlit yellow leaves forms the outer enclosure of this camera. The exterior is painted with at least two layers of acrylic medium, making the entire object archival, just like Basquiat used to do.
Two designs, Plan A and Plan B are provided herein.
Early Polaroid : Plan A
What makes this camera different from others is that it feels like and operates somewhat like a Fisher-Price toy to the user. The photographer is at odds whether she is taking a picture or playing with her toy dollhouse, and therefore somewhat oblivious to the picture taking process, which for this Plan A must be carried out by an accompanying adult who develops the picture and handles the photo paper. Of course, this camera is for portrait taking or still life photography.
1. Three points of perspective are I n the back of the camera, As shown.
2. The actual viewfinder (near the roof) is hidden by the Parisian façade of moonlit leaves out front. The bedroom has 12 beds, well-scaled, for Audrey to play with her Madeline French dolls.
3. On the next floor down lives Pepito’s horse who is well cared for by now. My Audrey just loves her stuffed toy horse, it’s her security blanket.
4. The staircase to the right is a chute that expels an after dinner butter mint through the red front door on the right when the grandfather clock is pressed after opening the front door, which primes the development process by activating a plunger to send photo paper down to the developing tank in the basement. When you turn the camera on, opening the lens covers, both the housekeeper and the Miss Clavel open the doors to check up on everyone.
Plan B: for the Minox Digital Classic Camera White Leica M3. Of course, this is basically a glorified holder for the Minox, but the white version of this miniature Leica camera pairs beautifully with the Audrey M.
A cable shutter release connected to the front door and a secret panel to open the lens and turn on the camera as well as to make button adjustments (via tiny dental mirrors inside, which really do recall the real Leica M3’s rather intricate viewfinder image paths) are to be handled by an overseeing adult. The somewhat detached viewfinder up near the center gable is a compromise and of course a rather crude sighting device. I could have developed a Kalart-style rangefinder, but since this is a digital camera with its own autofocus, I opted for a much more user-friendly feature: The two chimneys at the roof are separate drinking straws for both father and child. Containers for juice and ice packs are inside the roof area, providing some much needed ballast to the instrument. A secret button opens a panel to show the entire white M3 camera behind acrylic glass for Audrey, a young Leica collector, to admire.
The exterior design is adapted from, and designed in the style of Ludwig Bemelmans’ wonderful children’s book, “Madeline in London”, which Audrey took off the library shelf and plopped in front of me last week.
So why not stuff your Christmas stocking for the holidays this year with an Audrey M camera? You can always purchase a limited edition drawing from me (of my other camera designs, not this particular one) or if you are extremely ambitious, you can hire me for the construction of a camera at your site. I will come to your location, expenses prepaid, like a Mies van der Rohe, with a cast iron chair, cigars and white wine to oversee your workers daily.
Please also do see my intricate design no. 53, which is dedicated to Bemelmans in the link below:
Design, concepts, text and drawing are copyright 2014 by David Lo.
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