We're using different cheap analog cameras but we would like to tell you about one very special model. The Zorki 10 is a Soviet copy/version of a Japanese camera from the '60s. It's kinda like an alternative technology because it's an electronic camera that don't needs any batteries because it's solar-powered through the selenium meter cells surrounding the lens which is so nice considering that it's from the '60s.
Back then the Zorki 10 was only available for the Soviet nomenklatura and the people who were close to the party. It was really expensive and rare during that time. Selenium element oxidized with time and when our friends showed us the camera for the first time it didn't worked. Then by using ethyl spirit we cleaned it up and eliminated the oxide film. The camera afterwards started working but we never really able to set the right exposure because of how old it is.
The images that you'll get using the Zorki 10 is always the result of you collaborating with some sort of fortuitous force. For many years we learned a lot about the technological specifics/parts of it but we can't exactly know the exposure and diaphragm of our Zorki 10.
For our project we always use simple cameras and the Zorki 10 takes pride as the number one on our list. Just to give a quick fact, the name of camera translated from Russian is "Zorkiy" which means sharp-sighted or having a good eye for shooting.
When we met, we were both using photography as a way to look into the essence of things and as a ritual to make an interaction with each other and the Universe.
Remember that what you are photographing is a reflection of your inner state. Play with it. Use any camera that's available for you at the moment. Trust that fortuitous force and it will help you to better understand and know yourself and the world around you.