Is it digital? Is that made by Fisher Price? Wait, it shoots film?
Or my personal favorite…
What are you doing?
There is something special and fun about shooting toy cameras. First, nobody gets them. And the people who do, LOVE IT. I’ve been working on a toy camera exclusive project and I’ve heard so many “OMG, is that a Diana? Can I hold it. I have to get one of these!”
Or, there are the people who are around when I’m taking a pinhole photo that are generally confused (and a little nosy) and want to know what you’re doing – only to be confused further when you say, “I’m taking a picture. That’s a camera.” I know what they’re thinking… “that box/paint can/lifesavers tin/insert random object is a camera? Okay, I’m just going to walk away slow.”
But my best advice is to take it all in stride. Or educate people. I found a lot of people were fairly astonished to know that I spent $70 on a multi-colored Holga. “But, why, isn’t it just plastic?” Well, yeah, but it’s the most amazing plastic I can possibly get my hands on.
I love it. If you see me on the street with a toy camera, feel free to ask “Is that a camera?” I’ll tell you all about it!