My Brief Life As a Photographer
My name is Chris J. Zähller, and my 1st camera was a mail-order Kodak 110 Instamatic pocket film camera with a “stick” flash purchased by saving proofs-of-purchase from my mom’s feminine hygiene products. My 2nd camera was my mom’s hand-me-down Polaroid Land camera. I used a film SLR for a class assignment in the early 1980s, then didn’t pick up another camera for a decade-and-a-half when I bought a Canon Elph APS camera in the 1990s.
After that, I inherited a couple of my brother’s cast-off digital point & shoots. They were okay, but nothing about them made me want to spend my vacation with a camera in front of my face when I could just be enjoying the sights unencumbered. Then something happened … to find out what, read my 1st essay.
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