(aka) Toy Camera Play
The human senses are truly amazing - when one is taken away, another becomes stronger. Using plastic toy cameras and/or my iPhone, in addition to not using the viewfinder, has brought my photographic eye to the forefront. It has given my images a stronger sense of emotion. I believe I have come full circle, to the days as a small kid when my older brother gave me my first camera and his complete darkroom outfit and encouraged me to take pictures. Both my father and brother gave me no guidelines and their only concern was to have fun and not break anything. I had total freedom.
Throughout my professional photographic career in media, my skills improved and evolved but the passion slowly decreased ... that is until I discovered plastic toy cameras.
“It has taken me four decades to return to those early childhood years when, I would play with the camera, than merely interact with it on a technical level. Ironically, the tool [the camera] that was given to me by an adult when I was young, I'm just now learning to play with.” - Matt Larson
Matt Larson is co-founder of Boxfotos Airstream. He enjoys traveling with his wife to work, teach and exhibit photographic works out of their 23-foot, International Flying Cloud Airstream. The art couple is quickly creating a brand and national following as artists changing the traditional business model by “going mobile.” Boxfotos Airstream has been referred to as “Monsters of Mobile Art,” “Creative on Wheels” and “Art in a Box” by local and international media outlets and publications. Larson’s toy camera works are in the permanent collections of the Tampa Museum of Art, the Polk Museum of Art and numerous corporate collections.