The Camera Bag: Artist makes cardboard Leica M3 with tiny painter’s studio hidden inside


posted Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM EDT


It's something all gadget users — photographers included — are guilty of: using our gear in any and all circumstances, regardless of how appropriate it is. Artist Kevin LCK has turned his incredible skills with design and cardboard to critiquing the way people use technology with his series "Ordinary Behavior".

His "Object #2" is a Leica M3 made of cardboard, which is an incredibly accurate replica of the real thing. The twist is that this rangefinder mockup has a small diorama of a painter's studio hidden inside. Describing the project, LCK said:

"'Ordinary Behavior' is a project about the unhealthy relationship between human and technology in an everyday context. I have created a set of five illustrative objects as the tools of revealing the absurd situations. They are all made of paper cardboard and appear to be everyday electronic appliances and devices that can be found in our domestic environment, however, their interiors are modified into miniaturized human scaled space. I seeked to detach the audience from the real world temporarily, provide them with a space to rethink and reconsider the way we behave and think about the relationship between ourselves, objects and environment with technology in a more conscious way."

The other objects in the series include a microwave, iPhone, and computer. While you might not agree with his stated goals, you have to admire his extreme proficiency with cardboard, creating such an excellent replica as this M3. We've featured cardboard cameras made by artists before including Kiel Johnson's intricate simulacrums of SLRs, point-and-shoots, rangefinders, and Polaroids; and this more textured, cardboard version of a Nikon F SLR.

All of which begs the question: what is it about cardboard that lends itself so well to camera creations?

(via This is Colossal)