Nataly Birch May 30th, 2012

Through the Lens: Emotive Portraits Revealing Cameras’ Souls

Plenty of people underestimate the power and significance of a camera, writing it off as a nothing but a small hand-held tool. However, this sleek device not only captures high-quality photos of everyday moments, but it also expands the boundaries of the art.

Like with anything involved in the creative process, cameras, as well as the person behind it, invests a part of itself to the creation of a photo. Even though common belief maintains that inanimate objects do not have a soul, some enthusiastic photographers seem prove the opposite. Of course, human imagination and the ability to envision a final result play a significant role, but when they are put in front of the lens the cameras’ souls are revealed.

Just take a look at first picture below, can you not see the sadness in its lens? Certainly, not everyone will immediately see that little something special in these ordinary devices, but with the proper composition, these artists show nothing is impossible. Many different interpretations can be taken away, but regardless of what you get from them, this collection shows the various faces of cameras’ souls.

In the collection below, we have gathered photos that were created by passionate people, who are eager not only to pay tribute to cameras by creating these portraits of them, but to also try and reveal the souls of the devices.

Portraits of Cameras

1. The Brownie Camera Club by pixelmama
The Brownie Camera Club

2. Camera & Tea by Seqqat
camera and tea

3. C L A C K by Kimberly Chorney
C L A C K camera

4. Mr. Vario by snaperture
Mr Vario

5.  Dad’s Old Camera – Yashica-Mat Copal-MXV by SRHart
Dad's Old Camera - Yashica-Mat Copal-MXV

6.  Camera and Strawberries by Ula Camera and Strawberries

7. Happy Sliders Sunday by fionajonesphotography
Happy Sliders Sunday

8. Ciro flex by Ryan Maine
Ciro flex

9. Paillard Bolex B8 Cine Camera by inkyfingerz
Paillard Bolex B8 Cine Camera

10. Kodak Brownie Flash IV in the dock by lumowerkx
Kodak Brownie Flash IV

11. Old Camera by dream_wave
the old Camera

12. day 5: the camera by Celine Taylor
the camera

13. Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Sonar Onestep by dpup
Polaroid SX 70

14. Camera one, camera two by marchellem
Camera one, camera two

15. Kodak Brownie Flash IV by lumowerkx
Kodak Brownie Flash IV

16. Keirs camera by my lovely life through a lens
Keirs camera

17. Una cámara con mucha historia by nashkita
Una cámara con mucha historia

18. De vacaciones con mi cámara by nashkita
De vacaciones con mi cámara

19. Baby Brownie Camera by Charlotte Dee 
Baby Brownie Camera

20. Polaroid 1000 Land Camera and Polatronic 1 Flash by Arty Smokes
polaroid 1000 land camera

21.  Cyclops Bokeh 325/365 by EspressoTime
Cyclops Bokeh 325/365

22.  Camera in grass by Franz B. Photography 
camera in grass

23. My Kiev 4a by Mathijs Delva

24. Pornstar by + Yusuf +
Pornstar by Yusuf

25. Kodak Brownie Box Camera Balancing Act by Inspiredphotos

26. Ansco camera by Jessica Rose
Ansco Camera

27. The Camera is a Sketch Book by Amanda Mabel
the camera is a sketch book

Cameras’ Hearts Wide Open or Not?


Studying the collection above you should definitely notice different states of mind and abstract concepts, that were hidden in the images. Loneliness (pic.5), friendship (pic.14), unity (pic.25) or even friskiness (pic.18). By now you should realize that cameras can not only capture everyday moments, they could also be inspiring, attractive and vivid by themselves.

Do let us know your favorite portrait, or maybe you have several beloved shots of your own? Also, it will be interesting to know, what kind of feelings have been evoked while exploring this roundup? We hope to hear your opinion!


Nataly Birch

Nataly is an internet entrepreneur and an amateur web designer and developer from Sevastopol, Ukraine. She is running a blog for web designers and developers where you can find some inspirational and useful stuff. In her spare time she reads books, unveils the secrets of the world and plays volleyball. Visit her blog or follow her on twitter


  1. What a great collection of photos!

    I recently acquired myself an old Olympus OM-1 and took a similar set of photos (one of them is now a permanant fixture on my desktop screen) but now that I have one camera I find myself always looking out for more.

    The fun is in the finding.

  2. “Brownie Flash.”

    Bring back creative, fun names for camera models, I say! Enough of this alpha-numeric jibberish.

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