My cheap camera is the Nikon FE10 with its original 50mm Nikor lens. I just love how fast and discrete I can be with this camera. I love to photograph people on the street, their spontaneous reactions by surprising them and what not. I fell in love with analog photography with this camera.
I was writing for movies some two years ago, and becoming more proficient in it as I write more and more. At the same time I was taking a lot of pictures with my cellphone and uploading them to Instagram where I got some support from my friends, and even from strangers.
At some point I thought about being a director and make movies, but I realize that I was more capable of composing images intuitively. Because I wanted to get more information and theories on photography in connection with movies, I got the book "Days of a Camera" by the amazing cinematographer Nestor Almendros. I studied every movie on it, and eventually a friend of mine suggested that I get myself a 'tweakable' camera. Well, I wanted something discrete, something that I can easily carry around and I didn't have that much money. Fortunately, I found the Nikon FE10!
I find inspiration from almost anything. I remember what I learned while studying the Nouvelle Vague's movement, that it's the technical boundaries which leads to creativity and sometimes innovations.
I live in a poor country, and public healthcare is really precarious. Doctors don't have the latest equipments to help people, but their knowledge (and creativity) guided them to create new methods with less resources. I like this way of thinking and approach as it applies to my creative pursuits as well.