As fond as your memories of VHS players and recently defunct Sony Walkmans might be, decorating your living room with them is best avoided. Yet, judging by a new collection of eye-catching nightlights, the same can’t be said of vintage cameras, repurposed to shed a little light in your abode.
The designs are the handiwork of US-based part-time photographer and long-time Pixar employee Jason Hull, who harvested Fifties and Sixties film cameras from various flea markets before converting them into plug-in lights.
Hull’s process involved plucking out the mechanical innards to act as a shell for inner-lighting, and he ensured some lightbulbs (such as the one in the Kodak Brownie Starflash, pictured) were oversized, giving the overstated panache of an early-day paparazzo’s bright flash bulb.
We should point out that no rare cameras were harmed in the making of the lights, as every model chosen was mass-produced and built of lightweight plastic — which also means there’s more chance of a wallet-soothing price when they become available to order in early 2012.