This Guy Makes Nightlights Out of Vintage Cameras

Paranoid about Big Brother watching your every move? Look away. Because we're about to show you some crazy rad vintage cameras that have been turned into fully-functioning nightlights, complete with electronic eyes (so they'll turn on when it gets dark). And this is all the super-creative DIY side project of one man, who showcases his wares on Flickr.

Apparently, now that you can get retro-fashioned photo filters through Instagram, there's an abundance of vintage cameras that have been cast off by thrift-dwelling hipsters.

Luckily, Jason Hull makes a hobby out of finding those cast-off cameras—not anything rare or preserved, just your average plastic flea market find—and turning them into nightlights. Making these officially the most stylish nightlights ever built.

He mentions on Flickr:

"i'm making a few of these to sell at the craft fair at work.

they're cameras from the 50's & 60's that i've permanently converted to night lights.
i've removed the shutter, film transport, and as much extras plastic as possible to make it light enough to stick in a standard outlet."

Interested yet? His Flickr pool, nightlights, features a bunch of snaps of his work, including the pieces we've featured in the gallery above:

  • Slides 1 & 2: Ansco Cadet Reflex

  • Slide 3: Imperial Reflex

  • Slide 4: Kodak Brownie Starflash

  • Slide 5: Ansco Cadet II (with flash)


And if you want to get your hands on one? Stalk our Flickr friend jayfish here to find out where he works and show up at the craft fair (kidding!—please don't really). Or maybe, you could just shoot him polite, short (!!) and complimentary message through his Flickr account asking if he'd be so kind as to sell you one.


(Images: Flickr member jayfish licensed for use under Creative Commons)

[via Gizmodo]

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Living in an apartment with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Bacon, she loves to entertain and hates having a tiny kitchen.