My mom gave me her Pentax ME Super when I left for college.
She grew up in rural Iowa, putting in hours at a local diner to save up for the camera (her first independent purchase). Later on, she took the camera with her to college to document the first roommates and friends of her adult life.
I am now using the same camera thirty-four years later while pursuing a photography degree. Like my mom, I see the camera as a journaling tool to document my life as a newly independent adult.
The most memorable image I have taken with this camera took place in Tivoli, New York. My girlfriend noticed someone scaling a water tower during a thunderstorm and called 911. The area surrounding my apartment was quickly surrounded by police and yellow crime scene tape. In the background, you can even see one of the firetrucks parked by the road.