Craigslist, to me, is like a Willy Wonka factory of second hand wonders. It is also usually the first place I go to when on the hunt for any kind of photographic equipment or materials. Seattle’s Craislist has been good to me; I have procured my negative scanner, countless rolls of 35 mm film, a couple of Lomography cameras and now this:
I had been dying to get my hands on a camera for my instant photography whose film was more readily available than Polaroid. (All the while my Polaroid Spirit collected dust on my self.) Luckily, I found a woman on Craigslist in a neighboring city who was selling her Fuji Instax 210 (with one cartridge of film) for $20! *Score*
This camera is huge and bulky, but I think that adds to the character of the aesthetics of the camera (it’s definitely a talking point with strangers). There are only 10 images in one film cartridge, so I wanted to be certain I would capture something awesome, but that I could send as mini gifts to friends and family back home. The Space Needle at the Seattle Center was the obvious choice; it is the one landmarker that I never get tired of seeing. It is beautiful at night and helps me figure out where I’m at when I’m meandering about downtown. In short, I love it! The totem pole displayed at the Seattle Center was carved dozens of people in memoriam of John T. Williams, a First Nations wood carver who was unjustly and fatally shot by a Seattle police officer.