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Physics Of The Impossible

This Super 8 camera was a gift from my boyfriend, Thomas, and despite the fact that it likely doesn't work I couldn't be more excited about it. Vintage cameras can become my collectibles--taking up dust on my shelves and looking pretty when film's too expensive to buy or the camera itself no longer functions. The thing I enjoy most about this one though is how it feels like a weapon in my hand. It reminds me of some futuristic from the 1970s ray gun; the sort of thing you'd find in Buck Rogers or Star Trek. Although I don't dress that style--retro-futuristic is definitely an aesthetic I enjoy. There's something so fun and even hopeful about vintage photographs of people dressed as astronauts or old movies with our out-dated concepts of how space travel would work or how technology would advance. You can't really be too disappointed that our imagination outstripped science in terms of the ray gun when we still have discovered so many amazing things...

Outfit details:
vintage cardigan

13 comments:

Naomi said...

I am fascinated by vintage cameras, but just to look at not touch. I'd be afraid my curiosity would break something! I love that you mentioned Star Trek and are wearing the galaxy print dress! Beam me up! xoxo

The Occasional Indulgence

meowsk said...

Yay for vintage cameras (& boyfriends)!

Vintage cameras do make excellent decor. :o)

Sara said...

Hi Rebecca!

Yesterday was the première of the tv serie The Following here in spain, and I thought it was you interpreting the charachter of Emma.
Have you seen the serie?
I know is Valerie Curry who plays Emma, but just wanted you to know.

Your blog is awesome and you have a great personality, I always read yout posts, there aren't so many blogs with so much talent.

Christiana said...

Have you read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick? In the book there are people living on Mars and there's a black market for old science fiction novels, which are banned on the planet, but everyone loves reading about the impossible ways the future could have happened. I'm not sure if you're into sci-fi, but it's a great novel :)

Rebekah Bradford said...

Yay! My favorite dress! And I love the cardigan you paired it. The vintage camera is really cool as well--what a great present!

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Sasha said...

You always have the most delicate and cute pictures! :) Love that camera, your boyfriend is very thoughtful :)

Kitsune-kun said...

have you tried popping in some AA or AAA batteries, and then tried pulling the trigger? If the motor whirrs, there's a good chance the camera will work just fine! the great thing about super 8 cameras is since they were widely produced for commerical use at home, they aren't complicated and it doesn't take too much to get them up and running. all you need is a cartridge and a working motor to pull the film and you're all set! it might leak a little light, but sometimes that's a good thing:)

Mariana said...

Very lovely outfit and awesome camera! It looks like it's in mint condition though?! Are you sure it doesn't work...?

Shannon Willardson said...

I'm loving this dress! The past vice presidents of physics club in me is wishing it was mine!

Shannon
http://GBOfashion.com

MarieBayArea said...

First of all, I want your vintage cardigan. It is just too good with that unique printed collar and in that very fun color. It looks just so beautiful with that dress. I love when you wear that dress. And omg, I don't think I ever knew the name of your boyfriend. I love your super 8. What an incredible and thoughtful gift. Your mister was right on with that.

Kimberellie said...

Very very cute. That dress has so much BAM to it. You are making me want to collect vintage video cameras now! & I probably don't need ANYTHING else to collect.

What a spot on gift. Clever fellow. :-)

set-en said...

Hello.
Shortcut and a smiling face are very charming.
It comes for play from now on.
I am looking forward to updating.

Laura said...

What a neat gift - that camera is pretty excellent. Also, I'm really loving that dress and cardi combo - so pretty!

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/