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First off, I need to clean something up. I’d like to attack my dedication to this blog. It has been a 1 or 2 on a scale of 1-10. Which is no fair to you, my readers. I am declaring that I will post at least 3 times a week from now on – NO MATTER WHAT. I mean really, I have wordpress on my phone and can blog on the go if I wanted to! So, it is silly that I have been so lax with my posts. And I know a few people actually do read when I get around to posting, and I thank you for your time. I now promise to reward you for your attentiveness and I hope you find what follows enjoyable. Also, do point people in the direction of my blog! I am a narcissist and will post more when more people view my work! (I know you all are just like me too!) So with that… the post!

So, I also have to fess up to a dirty little secret, which is not really secret. I am obsessed with novelty photo items. I usually don’t purchase them (being unable to convince myself to spend the money). But, I am a total Internet peeping-tom when it comes to photo-nerd-ery.

My new favorite website is <a href=”www.photojojo.com”>Photojojo</a>, which I found after a fellow Pittsburgh photographer (the lovely <a href=”http://misslphotography.com”>Laura Petrilla</a>) posted her receipt of the bite sized phone camera lenses. No joke: lenses that fit on your phone’s camera, magnetically, that give you macro or fish-eye options. My other favorite thing on the site is a mug that looks just like a Nikon lens! Both my Java fix and my photo-nerd-ism pleased in the first 10 minutes of my day = heaven! I seriously want just about everything they have in their store. If you have any question about what to get me for my birthday (which is March 2nd)…start with this website. Point and click and add to bagMy obsession has gone on long before this new discovery. I shoot my self-portraits with a Holga camera. A lovely little plastic toy camera. I wouldn’t trade it in for anything in the world. And the more light leaks, the better. I really love experimental cameras. And I like themed objects with cameras on them. Posters and t-shirts, especially old school metal cameras, make my heart happy. Lomography is another big favorite of mine. It’s full of fun little plastic toy cameras (including variations of the Holga) that shoot film. I have a fish-eye camera from them that I shot all my photos on for about 2 weeks straight. I really like toy cameras. REALLY.

My other passion, as I’ve mentioned, is old school metal cameras. My first camera was a Pentax K1000 that my parents had since the early 1970’s. And I stole it when I went off to college because I loved it so much and it didn’t seem like they were using it as much as I would be. My mom was annoyed that I took it, so I returned hers, bought my own, got it cleaned up and haven’t stopped using it since. It is my favorite 35mm camera (because again, I am a dinosaur and shoot film, not digital). However, there is a new camera coming out that may revolutionize how I conduct my business. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the Fijifilm FinePix x100:

I love Fujifim’s digital point and shoots, and have gifted one to my sister before. But oh man, this is my dream come true. A digital camera (from a favorite maker) styled in an old school metal body. I am saving my pennies for this baby to come out. I’m drooling just thinking about holding it. I don’t even know how much it will cost yet, but I will sell a kidney to have this in my hands. This is photo-nerd porn. I’m not even joking. She will be mine, oh yes, she will be mine.

So the next time you see a plastic camera or someone wearing a t-shirt with a camera on it, think of me!