Talking camera collecting with Henry

A budding young camera collector named Henry bought a Polaroid J66 and, as he researched it, found my post on this camera. He’s working with an organization called Happen, Inc., a nonprofit arts organization that works with kids on creative projects. They reached out to me on this fellow’s behalf and arranged a video interview between us about collecting old film cameras, which went live today. I thought you might enjoy seeing it!


25 responses to “Talking camera collecting with Henry”

  1. Mike Connealy Avatar

    Nice work by both of you. I look forward to the next installment.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! This might have been my only moment on Henry’s show but it was fun to do.

  2. Aly's Vintage Camera Alley Avatar

    That was so cute. I like seeing little ones get interested in these things. We need someone to keep it all alive when we are gone

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      As long as there are fellows like Henry, I’m not worried!

  3. Christopher May Avatar
    Christopher May

    Well that was fun! Thanks to you and Henry for a neat piece!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The whole thing came out of the blue! I’m happy to have been a part of Henry’s show.

      1. J P Avatar

        It is great to see a young kid interested in uncommon things and it is great to see an adult provide encouragement.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Yes! If someone had shown me that kind of interest when I was 9 and starting to collect cameras I would have felt a lot less weird!

  4. urbanhafner Avatar

    That was fun to watch! Great to see your face and her you, Jim.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! I never did find my former “big radio voice” for this, but it turned out all right anyway.

  5. tbm3fan Avatar

    Old mechanical SLRs your favorite, huh? So how does that jive with your love of the Pentax ME? Sorry, couldn’t resist the opening. It is a weakness I have that friends have learned about as in don’t leave him an opening.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I am a mystery surrounded by a riddle wrapped in an enigma.

  6. analogphotobug Avatar

    Fabulous! I posted to my Twitter and Facebook. We need to encourage and support young people. And it was a great interview, especially for a beginner?

    Also enjoyed recently finding out about your Box Camera Collection.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! It was a good interview, wasn’t it? And yes, I do like old box cameras. They’re easy fun to shoot.

  7. -N- Avatar

    Total fun! Both of you were really interesting – a kid, an adult, both with similar interests. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve loved cameras since I was a boy! It’s exciting to be able to encourage someone so young along in this interest.

      1. -N- Avatar

        I think it was a fun video and the two of you worked well together. I got into photography later in life after using a friend’s D70 for a year. Once I got that figured out – iso, aperture, f/stop – along with composition, I moved into film, and have enjoyed both since. And have bought a few too many cameras along the way, as well.

  8. Mike Eckman Avatar
    Mike Eckman

    This is really, really cool! I love the interview! :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It was fun to participate!

  9. tcshideler Avatar

    I enjoyed this a great deal. Good on Henry to interview an expert with such pertinent and digestible insight, and good on Happen, Inc. to enable this piece to be put together. Of course, good on you for offering such meaningful responses. Good on all parties, all around.

    This is an organization I’d love to partner with. I’ll wait for someone interested in courthouses or showbiz pizza robots to get in touch! Haha!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Ted – it’s cool that there’s an organization that does this kind of work with kids!

  10. zita666479 Avatar

    Loved this post

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


  11. DennyG Avatar

    Fabulous! A nice job by both interviewer and interviewee.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I thank you on Henry’s behalf!

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