I work mainly with public analogue photobooths, definitely not cheap to buy, but cheap to use, for a project about tattooed people called INKED.
I love how people feel comfortable in a photobooth. Even those who are not used to pose are usually more relaxed than in front of a camera and a photographer. I am not pressing any shutter but I am the photographer since I make the photos happen. Using this private space I feel I can capture better the sitter's personality, I can guide and direct the shooting from the outside showing the photos when they come out and suggesting the best way to use the features of this "public studio".
I believe that everything happened when digital became widely used. Everything was becoming fast, too fast, and I felt we're missing an important part of photography. Photos were becoming cheap and people were shooting more without thinking, filling cards and drives with photos that had no value, that we're going to be lost at the first computer crash and it was even before the smartphones.
I felt I needed to stop and look for something more physical, a more closer relationship with the essence of photography: time and light.
I got what I was missing, something I was able to touch, smell, feel.
The suggestion I give to those people who wanted to do photography is for them to study the history of photography, to understand how wonderful it is to know where and how certain photos were created with what could be now considered primitive and limited cameras.
Try building your own pinhole camera, there are plenty of tutorials and videos online. You will be able to understand the basics of photography: time, light, focus point, depth of field, etc. The emotion that I felt when I saw my very first photo taken with a cardboard box is something I will never forget.
Following these two steps allowed me to understand that everything depends on us. IT'S NOT THE CAMERA, IT'S YOU is the perfect slogan. I was able then to love cameras that I was finding thanks to relatives and friends.
Look for abandoned and unused cameras that people around you have for sure. Look for manuals online and use them without fear. Cameras are tools and there is nothing to lose, so have fun with them.
I also always receives precious advice from old school photographers. People running studios now working with digital cameras only, people who started during the analogue era. They are around you and they usually love to talk about cameras and film (and sometimes they will also give you their old gears!)
With analogue photography is always worth to try. SHOOT, FAIL, UNDERSTAND AND REPEAT will lead you to something beautiful.