Camera Information

I have used a number of camera types over the years.  Looking back, I seem to have the habit of gravitating to the least complicated. 
 
I never really felt comfortable with a view camera and so initially used a 35mm SLR (was it a Minolta?) that my sister once owned.  At some point even that felt too cumbersome so I began using plastic toy cameras (Diana/Dories/Holga).  Ironically, I had to complicate the process by using filters for greater exposure control and electrician's tape to seal out the light but I got what I needed out of them.
 
Leaving toys behind I started using a Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex camera I picked up at a pawn shop.  I liked the upside-down image on the ground glass and the weight of the camera in my hands.  Knowing my simplistic tendency, my muse bought for me a cheaply made Russian TLR model.  It is with this Lubitel 166B that I made the toned (blue) prints. 
 
Along the way I played around with various Polaroid models, from the SX-70 to the ProPack using positive/negative film that was marketed to real estate/insurance agents and the like.  Every now and then I would catch lightening in a bottle but Polaroids seemed to be more of a diversion than anything constant.
 
Suddenly, without a wherewithal to make traditional images I resorted to camera-less image making; using cutouts to form collages that suited my sensibilities - this long before I knew about imaging software...long before I even owned a computer.  Eventually I would make digital prints of these constructs but they remind me that an artist doesn't necessarily need a camera; rather one chooses to use a camera.
 
Moving into the digital age I purchased a Nikon D70 SLR. Freed from the darkroom I saw the light.  Then, I took to frequently using a consumer Nikon model and not so frequently an RCA Small Wonder flip (video) camera. Now, I am as likely to use a throw-away cell phone with low megapixel capability or even an iPad.  These image-capturing devices are ubiquitous but still provide enough megapixels to get the job done.  Exposure and depth of field are sometimes challenging but the ability to move stealthly about is often worth the trade-off.  Ultimately, it is the image that I'm after that's important, not the equipment I'm using. There I go again...gravitating to the least complicated.