Enamel pins featuring film cameras

Enamel pins have surged in popularity, becoming a canvas for creativity and a symbol of personal expression. Among these tiny art pieces, a category stands out for its unique blend of technology and artistry: camera enamel pins from Official Exclusive.

One pin in particular is quite intriguing: an enamel pin featuring a lens sliced in half.

This particular camera lens pin goes through a journey from a piece of technology to a collectible art form. Here’s how it unfolds:

  1. The Technology: It all begins with the camera lens, a marvel of optical engineering.
  2. The Cross-Section: Then, an imaginative soul decides to slice the lens in half, revealing its intricate inner workings.
  3. The Photograph: This cross-section is then beautifully photographed, capturing the complexity of its design.
  4. The Diagram: From this photograph, an artist creates a simplified diagram, distilling the essence of the lens.
  5. The Enamel Pin Design: This diagram is then transformed into a design suitable for an enamel pin, further simplifying the intricate details.
  6. The Creation: The final product is a blend of plastic and metal, meticulously crafted into a pin.
  7. The Signature Touch: In a nod to their uniqueness, each pin is marked with an edition number, elevating it to a collectible item.

It’s intriguing that out of all these steps, it’s the manufacturing of the pin that gets celebrated with an edition scheme. It’s a testament to the craftsmanship and artistic value of these small items.

As a collector, one might wonder about the photographs of these pins. Are they captured using the same model of lens depicted in the pin? It would be a delightful full-circle moment in the art of photography and pin-making.

Who makes these pins?

I tried to find more about the company that produces these pins. Their Etsy account says they are in Brooklyn, New York. Their Facebook Page has amusing posts. Their eBay store has 169 items with 3,700 sales. (Etsy has 146 items with 3,405 sales).

Oh wait. There is an interview with the founder of Official Exclusive, Julian Master. A few highlights from the interview:

  • He grew up shooting digital, but switched to film when he wanted richer color.
  • “I think the last P&S camera boom that happened before digital took over in 2007 really is the golden age of film cameras. There is so much variety and diversity.”
  • “In general, people who shoot film are the most interesting and energetic photographers I’ve ever met.”

A couple of my favorite pins from this site are the Kermit with Polaroid and the 90s Jazz cup.

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