In Japan, there’s a huge and vibrant community of people who love to make things, whether they’re pre-made models, crafts, gadgets or anything in between.
You can see what I’m talking about in our post last week about the Tokyo Maker Fair.
One of the coolest DIY projects that’s come out of Japan recently has been the “Last Camera.” It’s a little, built-it-yourself film camera that’s so named because in a world of Instagram and DSLRs, it feels like it might be the last film camera in the world.
You can buy the Last Camera kit for about $45 and assemble it yourself. It has an interchangeable lens and light leak switch to give your pictures a little more flair.
But the real story here is the customization of Last Camera. The builders encourage you to customize it as much as you want, and some Last Camera owners have taken that suggestion as a mission.
Here’s what a stock Last Camera looks like:
Here’s what the Last Camera looks like after artists get a hold of them:
Sure, most of these are more art installations than actual, functioning cameras, but I think that it’s great that so many artists have been able to turn one of the last film cameras into something memorable.
You can find the Last Camera website here.
Via the Mescale Newsletter (still in alpha)