My best friend found a Canon PowerShot somewhere in her parents’ house a few years ago, and she started bringing it out to parties. She casually recommended I get one, so I found mine on eBay for like 20 bucks. I look for trust and vulnerability in my subjects, and this camera almost makes it too easy.
Photo by New York City-based photographer Thomas Polcaster
People are so intimidated by large and expensive cameras, but are willing to do anything when I pull out my PowerShot. It also allows me to be quite sneaky when shooting in public. When I took the photo of my friend on a swing, we were just walking home from a nice day at the beach. I’m constantly surprised and inspired by the beautiful images I can create with something so disposable.