Photographer Dominique Vankan wanted to play around with the old Autochrome Lumière process from the early 1900s, so he built himself a custom large format camera using LEGO pieces, cardboard, and duct tape.
Here’s what Vankan tells us about his project:
I made the camera to test autochrome plates. Once I learn how to produce decent plates I will look for a graphlex or something like that. The camera is just an insturement, nothing more. The lens is a boyer, 180mm from an old enlarger. For the viewing glass I made a hole in a 4/5-inch and taped it with tracing paper.
Check out this selection of (mostly monochrome) sample photographs he shot using the camera to show that it works:
You can follow along with Vankan’s “Autochrome Project” in this Flickr set.
Image credits: Photographs by Dominique Vankan and used with permission