Artists Brings old Cameras back to Life as Anthropormorphic Sculptures

In a twist that may inspire millions to reach for their attic cupboards and pull out boxes of old camera gear, Michael Vivona shows that film photography isn’t dead just yet by bringing analogue cameras back to life.

Michael Vivona Camera Statue or Johnny 5 is still alive?
Michael Vivona Camera Statue or Johnny 5 is still alive?

Michael openly admits that he isn’t a photographer, which is evident from the Instagram filtered display photos he’s taken for his art. However, what he lacks in compositional detail for the camera frame, he more than makes up for in his artistic ability as a sculptor. And it’s not just your typical Hollywood shape that’s appearing in his collection, there’s a penchant for dogs as well.

Woof woof, whirrr, click.
Woof woof, whirrr, click.

Drawn to items built and designed in the ‘Atomic Age’ Michael poured through local thrift stores looking for items when he stumbled across his first ‘camerabot.’ With a projector as a body, security cameras as feet and an old twin lens reflex 120 film camera lending itself as eyes, his first Wall-E or Johnny-5 type character was born.

Michael doesn’t use a film camera (we wish he did) and promises that all individual items used in his camerabots are either broken or unusable, so there’s no need for any purists to get their knickers in a twist. One thing is for sure is that it’s better to bring them back to life this way rather than sending them to a landfill.

Here’s a few more wonderful examples of Michael’s wonderful work:

Michael Vivona Camera Statue
Can we keep it? Pleeeease?
Michael Vivona Camera Statue
Not a Dr Who. Prop.
Michael Vivona Camera Statue
This is cuter than any puppy I have ever seen.
Michael Vivona Camera Statue
Rich-E
Michael Vivona Camera Statue
Poor fella looks like he hasn’t had a decent meal (oiling) in ages
Michael Vivona Camera Statue
So there IS a use for old Kodak Brownies.
Michael Vivona Camera Statue
Not a parking meter.
Michael Vivona Camera Statue
Just landed: Camerabots of Etsy
Michael Vivona Camera Statue
They’re coming… THEY’RE COMING ! ! !

You can see more pictures of Michael Vivona’s camera statues among other things at his Etsy store, which we thoroughly recommend you visit.


All images and quotes used with permission of the artist.

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