The collector’s first Kodak camera, which was given to him as an eight-year-old, clicked with him for life, you might say. He told Time Out that he’d had a remote-controlled car and the camera handed to him at the same time. He soon lost interest in the car, but as time went on his fascination for his camera grew. However, film for it was so costly that it brought a temporary end to his hobby.
“I took a lot of instant photos but the film was expensive at that time, so my mum hid it away,” he explained. Years later, when he was in his early 20s, the camera resurfaced while he was in the process of moving house and was putting together all his possessions. Ting-man instantly recalled the fun he had had with the camera and was overjoyed.
So his love of the instant camera was brought back into focus. At this time, he was a following a career in graphic design, which in some way opened his mind to the wonders that Polaroid and similar brands had to offer, according to Time Out. Then, the enthusiast started what he admitted was a compulsive shopping habit. “It was like I couldn’t stop myself. Every time I see a cheap instant camera, I have to buy it,” he confessed.