Ollie Blackwell has been a keen film photographer for many years and has a small collection of 8mm, 35mm and medium format cameras. His wife, Catherine Zoraida is a jewelery designer who works with gold and gold plating alot.
"Last year we were at home I was messing around with one of my cameras and Catherine was working on her jewelery. Catherine has gold plated some pretty unusual objects and it suddenly occured to me that she could gold plate my trusty Pentax K1000. After a bit of research, some patience and alot of excitement I had my first gold camera. It was beautiful," says Ollie.Ollie opened the shop named Goldbug 2 weeks ago. It was born through a love of film photography and an appreciation for the beauty and simplicity of the 35mm camera. It celebrates the design of these classic cameras and offers a service of customisation to camera lovers.
Goldbug began by focussing on a handful of models but has grown to encompass a wide range of cameras from 35mm, to medium format, 8mm cine cameras to 16mm movie cameras.
All Goldbug cameras are plated with 18 carat gold. Goldbug also has extensive experience with engraving and can offer anything from a special date to detailed artwork.
In this digital age Goldbug feels these iconic objects can be overlooked. Finishing them in gold somehow allows us to see these cameras for what they really are, tactile objects of simplicity, strength, function, beauty and purpose. Design at the highest level.
You can check out these images below of their sample work.
For more infomation, please visit their website at www.goldbuguk.com