Let’s face it, cameras are just black boring boxes that capture images. We try our best to bring a little character to our gear in different ways. We add grips, straps, and soft releases to make them more ergonomic whilst adding a touch of style, but there is a fine line between custom gear and a gaudy fashion accessory. CameraPunk is a project on Kickstarter that falls in the latter category (in my opinion).
CameraPunk are a series of accessories to steampunk-ify your camera and lenses. For those who don’t know, steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery. As of writing, there are only a few days left and a little over $9,000 or the $12,000 needed to for funding.
While Kickstarter is not Amazon (some people think it is), the rewards are a bit skewed. For a $28 pledge, you get a painted lens cap with a chain. Creator Momo Lee says “My dream is to one day to be able to look around looking something like this.” Fortunately, Lee’s dream might not come true.
How far is too far in customization? Photographic accessories, in my opinion, are meant to augment the creative process, not hider it into obscurity. The same way a painter uses their brush or a a sculptor a chisel, photographers use their camera for art. Do you see painters or sculptor bedazzling their brushes or chisels? No, then why do we have an incessant need to do this with our cameras?
What are your thoughts on the project?