“Silver Bay Boathouse” (2001) by Mary Ann Lynch; Diana camera, Fujicolor film
The artist writes, “Photographing with my Diana, a lightweight plastic ‘toy’ camera from the 1970s, became an intimate part of my process of discovery. The Diana is as low-tech as one can go. With just three aperture settings and a cheap plastic lens, the Diana ‘sees’ more like our eye sees, with drop-off around the edges. And each camera is completely different. Diana users come to know each of their cameras well.”
The Diana camera was originally marketed as a novelty by the Great Wall Plastic Factory of Kowloon, Hong Kong. Today, it is celebrated for its artistic effects and slightly blurred results that can create a dreamlike, timeless quality.