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Dominique Vankan

What do you do if you want to experiment with old-school photography but can’t get your hands on some seriously old hardware? If you are like Dominique Vankan, you build yourself a DIY version made out of Lego, duct tape, and cardboard.

As Gizmodo relays, Dominique made his glass-plate, bellows-equipped camera to take photos using the Autochrome Lumière process. The technique dates back to the 1900s, and it was used to produce some of the earliest color photos ever, by utilizing color-dyed potato starch as color filters.

From the looks of it, Dominique made most of the movable frame out of Lego joints while using cardboard for the body, and duct tape to make the whole thing lightproof. The end result is a real working camera that can take 4 inch by 5 inch photos in both black-and-white and color.

Dominique Vankan
Examples of photos that Dominique shot with his DIY camera.

Sure, it might not be as impressive as some of the big and way bigger folding cameras we’ve seen, but at least we know we can build one with our most basic DIY building materials.

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