What’s the perfect travel camera to slip into your pocket? The Sony RX100? The Ricoh GR? Perhaps, even, you are content with the iPhone. But what if, instead of slipping your camera in your pocket, you have a camera big enough to climb into — and it’s still classed as a travel cam?
Brendan Barry has the perfect solution: The Caravan Cam. It’s the ideal portable camera and darkroom for those who indulge in a spot of lateral thinking.
Brendan is an Exeter-based large format photographer, lecturer and camera builder. And what cameras he builds! If the Caravan Cam is too portable for your liking, why not try the Shed Cam? Or the Shepherd’s Hut Cam? Brendan has proved that almost anything can be turned into a camera.
Back to origins
These are back-to-origin cameras in the true sense of the word — camera, room, dark, lens hole. Admittedly, the RX100 is tad more portable and possibly more convenient, but it is just a Lilliputan room without access, except for light.
If it were big enough (or you were small enough), you could get yourself inside the RX100 and work all the buttons from there, completely in the dark until you press the shutter and surprise yourself.
Brendan has turned his hand to making all sorts of cameras. When you check his website you’ll even find the Watermelon Cam. You can’t climb inside that one, but it probably has pips on the sensor anyway. Did I say sensor? Of course, I meant film.
You can follow Brendan’s journey into camera exotica here at the Brendan Barry website.
All images by Brendan Barry, with permission
And here is a nice little video by Ilford Inspires to keep you entertained: