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Camera Robots

Artist Cat Bishop has been creating assemblage sculptures for a living since 2006. Some favorites are her camera robot sculptures that are super kitschy retro cool. We asked Cat, 'how did you come up with the idea to make these?' and she replied, "I was a collector and reseller of vintage objects. One day I just started stacking things and they came to life. I assembled a lot of my kitchen before I moved on to camera robots. I'd always loved old cameras, especially bakelite ones so I had a few around. I also had many bakelite pool balls so they became the obvious choice for heads."

Cat Bishop has a love for 1950's design that strongly shows in her work. She says, "It's so stylized and easily recognizable, can we say that about the 1990's? Clearly they don't make things like they used to, so I use the old things." Some favorite materials include bakelite, vintage billiard and crochet balls, Kodak Brownie cameras, clocks, 1950s kitchenware, old toys, dominoes, & dice.

Although she does use old cameras, she says she doesn't put legs and a head on rare collectible cameras, so "no hate mail please". She also tries if possible to use cameras that are still functioning and can actually be shot with.

Each sculpture takes on a personality of their own. Most are modeled after human-like robots, but the collection also includes some dog-like ones as well. Each piece is also given a (human-like or dog-like) name.

"Vintage Camera Robots and Their Rocket"
"Amazing Tripod Girl"
"Hubert" as "a snappy necklace"

Cat Bishops sells both her camera sculptures and photographs of the sculptures. To visit her shop on Etsy, click here.

Handmade For a Photographer

Photography related items, check. Handmade, check. Awesome, check.  Check out these great finds spotted on Etsy:

"I Shoot People" Cork Necklace, by Uncorked
"Keep Calm and Snap On" Print, by Keep Calm Shop

"Tie Tack- Camera", by Dabble Designs
"Travel the World Cuff Links", by Plasticouture

"Little DSLR Camera Teething Toy", by Little Sapling Toys
"Little Photographer Camera Onesie", by Nacho Mamas Threads

Showing Their Love Permanent Style

Whether you love them or hate them, you have to admit that putting a permanent reminder on your body of your profession or hobby shows some true love and devotion.  We recently went on a search for photography related tattoos and these kind people took a few minutes to tell us about them.

"I do my best not to over-analyze my tattoos, but I really got this one out of my love for the medium. As a full-time freelance photographer, I am constantly working in a digital atmosphere. I love digital, but there will always be something about working with film that's exciting to me. I have been familiar with Polaroid for years, but my first Polaroid Land Camera was gifted to me on my birthday two years ago. Since then, I've been hooked on Polaroids of all different formats, dying or not. I wanted to pay homage to my love of photography, my best friend, and what I consider to be a downright sweet camera body, all at the same time." Photographer: Jessie Barber. Tattoo artist: Scott Santee.

"I turned pro this year and wanted something to mark the event. Also, it was my dad's camera from the 1950's (a Kodak Retina IIc ) & I always remember him using it when I was a kid." Photographer: Jeff Oliver. Tattoo artist: Randy Muller.

"I wanted a pin-up tattoo and I decided that she should be a photographer to mark my own history with film cameras. Like so many photographers, I have mostly gone to a digital format and I felt like my training and skills as a film photographer deserved to be commemorated. The pin-up with a camera seemed like the perfect tattoo to honor my history with film." Photographer/web designer: Alianor Chapman. Tattoo Artist: Tim Orth.

"It is a traditional design of an old press camera (centered on chest), and it has wings coming off of it. Around it says f/8 Be There. Ask any photojournalist and they will be familiar with this famous saying. To me it helps me remember to keep it simple and focus on getting the picture. Don't worry about all your gear and all the technical things. Just be in the moment, in the story and making pictures." Photographer: Raymond McCrea Jones. Tattoo artist: Adam Barton.

"I'm a collector of Polaroid cameras and this is a Polaroid SuperColor OneStep Land Camera". On: Sarah Moran. Tattoo Artist: Dan Catron.

"The tattoo itself is actually a commitment ring. There are few things in life I think are worth committing to for the rest of one's life, but photography is one of those things for me. I got it during my second year at art school as a photography major, and after having been in love with photography for about five years. I had pretty much already decided that I was going to devote my professional life to photography. I wanted a constant reminder of my love and commitment for photography, as well as a way of displaying how photography is a major & permanent part of who I am." Photographer: Jesenia Quijada. Tattoo artist: Unknown.

"The tattoo is of my first real camera, an AE-1 Program, that my mom bought for me when I was a teenager (you will also notice the film is Fuji, which has been my preferred film since the beginning). I had cheapo plastic point and shoots but they couldn't take the shots I wanted. Then I got the AE-1 and within the first month I had taken over 1000 frames! I have no clue how many frames that little camera has shot, it made it through high school and is still working and carried in my car with me wherever I go. I will keep this camera for the rest of my life, one way or another." Photographer: Daniel Miller. Tattoo artist: Lovely Lo.

"Photography for me was one of those hobbies that just totally engulfed me at one point and still hasn't let go. Most of the time I'm pretty functional in social situations, but as soon as you mention Nikon or aperture, the red mist descends and my mind totally shifts to photography. In this sense the aperture blades of a lens' iris made sense as a tattoo. Its presence also serves to remind me why I love photography-- It's saved me from the pits of artistic stagnation more than once." Photographer: Dan Nitzh. Tattoo artist: Unknown.

Click HERE to view more camera tattoos on Flickr.

Photo Charities

We are a true believer in supporting charities, good causes, good people and the less fortunate. One of the most obvious and easiest ways to contribute is to give money. With the economy being the way that it is, that is quite difficult for most people to do. The next best thing is to give your time. This is something that most of us can do. We have found the following photography related charities, and hope that you will 1) take the time to read about them, 2) forward this on to your photographer friends and, 3) go sign up and get involved!

Flashes of Hope
"Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research." Website:

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
"Introduces remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the free gift of professional portraiture. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family's healing process by honoring their child's legacy."  Website:

Think Pink Photography
"Think Pink Photography is a charitable organization, comprised of a network of professional photographers, serving two main purposes – celebrating life and supporting the cause. We celebrate life through complimentary portrait sessions for breast cancer patients, and we support the cause by partnering with the Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation." Website:

Operation: Love Reunited
"The Operation captures the moments of love between a US Military member and their family before or during a deployment, and at the reunion." Website:

Pictures of Hope Foundation
"The Pictures of Hope Foundation is a charitable organization comprised of professional photographers from all over the United States and Canada that provides complimentary, documentary-style photography services to families with a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)." Website:

Celebrating Adoption
"We are a group of photographers who want to share the joy of adoption by celebrating with newly adoptive parents." Website:

The American Child Photographers Charity Guild
"A non-profit, volunteer based organization of child photographers across the nation who have networked together to provide families of desperately ill children complimentary portrait sessions." Website:

In addition to presenting you with a little overview of the charities themselves, we asked a few photographers who are currently involved with one or more of the above charities to explain a little about why they volunteer their time and services.

"As photographers, we all know how hard it is to come by extra money. Making monetary donations is often difficult because our cost of doing business is tied to technology; every spare dollar we have goes to software, computers, or digital equipment enhancements. The reality: what we have the ability to offer goes well beyond the value of the money we have to spare. We have the ability to create images that capture the personality of a individual, capture a memory, or the images that convey a message -any of these can be used for the good of organizations that rely on donations. 
My studio supports Flashes of Hope, and we have been shooting for this organization for five years. We donate our time and skill to give families struggling through the torment of childhood cancer what is all too often the last portrait they have of their child and their family. We do it because it feels good to share our abilities. We do it because we should.

I always suggest to photographers that they should think about some charitable cause that may have meaning to them and their personal lives: starvation, breast cancer, mental illness, childhood diseases, or any other topic that holds a deeper meaning for them. Chances are there is an organization out there that relies on donations to research, support, or reach out for their cause. They should reach out to that organization and become useful. If nothing else, at the end of the day - no matter how good or bad business has been - it is a way they can truly feel good about their self and their business."

- Patrick Williams, PWP Studio:

" I eagerly await my opportunity to help someone with a gift that I have been given. I think it's important to not only embrace the gifts that you are given, but to give back with those same gifts. To give back to those who could really use a wonderful portrait of a chapter in their lives, to mark a break through, strength, love and all the other emotions that encompass that situation. To also give back to a community that will help build your company up and make it strong, I think it is the least we can do to say thank you to these wonderful and beautiful people.

One of the two photography charities that I have personally decided to devote my time to is Think Pink Photography, which offers photography sessions to those strong women who are going through and have overcome breast cancer, a cancer that has affected my family personally. I think that there would be nothing better then giving a woman who is struggling with this cancer a different viewpoint of her situation; a view that she is beautiful, strong and worth the fight. Every woman wants to feel and look beautiful no matter what, and I want to be able to capture that for these beautiful and strong women who are faced with breast cancer.

The second charity that I decided to work with is called Operation Love reunited, which is a charity for those soldiers out there that are fighting for our freedom everyday and their families. To take a portrait of a strong solider and his/her family that they are able to keep with them and take along with them where ever they may find themselves. To give them hope that they will once again be back home with their family, and to give the family the same strength and hope. These are the people who are fighting and giving their lives for our freedom, and this is my way of saying thank you."

* UPDATE: There are more charities we have written about since this article and can all be found at Help Portrait and Hearts Apart.

Silkscreen Vintage Camera Prints

Silkscreen art prints based on vintage film cameras. Illustrations by Jeremy Slagle.

These are great because they are simple, classy, affordable, and could be matched to go with any decor. I also love the line illustrations of the subtle hand positions working with the camera bodies. For more info, check out Slagle's design blog.


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