Loving the Imperfections of Toy Cameras Photographer Theresa Manzanares describes why she loves her toy cameras, even though the cheap plastic housing often allows light to leak in and partially expose the film inside. Fans of the cameras say the leaks make for oddly intriguing photos that add mystery to the process of creating art.
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Loving the Imperfections of Toy Cameras

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Loving the Imperfections of Toy Cameras

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Thanks to digital technology, it's become progressively easier to take perfect pictures. But not everyone strives for perfection — a growing community of photographers is becoming attached to the simplicity and imperfections of what they call "toy cameras."

These cameras, with names like Holga, the Diana-F and the Lomo Action Sampler, are cheaply made plastic devices.

A plastic toy Diana-F camera -- a favorite of "lightleak" photography fans. Tracy Wahl, NPR hide caption

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A plastic toy Diana-F camera -- a favorite of "lightleak" photography fans.

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There's even a new magazine devoted to the cameras, Light Leaks, which glorifies the biggest flaw of the toy camera: light often leaks through the plastic casing onto the film, creating odd halo effects and other moments of visual serendipity.

Photo of a mask taken with a toy camera, with distinctive "light leak" highlights adding to the mystery... Theresa Manzanares hide caption

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Photo of a mask taken with a toy camera, with distinctive "light leak" highlights adding to the mystery...

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Photographer Theresa Manzanares describes why she loves her toy cameras.

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