All images by Lucus Landers. Used with permission.
Photographer Lucus Landers recently graduated from Pratt Institute in the fall; and while there he worked with various mediums and processes in the photographic world. He’s a testament to the statement that if you give a photographer any camera, they’ll be able to create art with it after having worked in both the commercial and fine art world.
Yet Mr. Landers was inspired to create a camera of his own. With a natural curiosity for how things worked that started when he was a young lad, he later on started to tinker with his own devices. This DIY philosophy carried on into his photography interests, and he set out to create his own cameras. Indeed, he thinks there is no better satisfaction than shooting with a camera that you build yourself–further stating that he knows every little detail of that camera and completely understands how it works.
“The first one I built was a 4×5 monorail camera. I had never even shot a large format camera when I started working on it.” says Lucus. “By the time I was done I had an immense knowledge of the operations of the camera and the photographic process.” Lucus continued to state that building cameras is therapeutic for him and that he spends hours researching different processes and designs before stepping into a machine shop. There, he spends weeks trying different things and learning the tools. At other times, he needs to scrap projects and start all over.
Lucus loves the look and feel of large format cameras and the type of images they create; but they come with a caveat. Naturally, the larger the format, the tougher it is to work with. And indeed, Mr. Landers encountered this problem. “…They are so large and so complicated that taking a single image can take quite some time. This camera gives me most of the properties of a large format camera with few of the drawbacks.”