December and January were super busy months for me. Work was hectic, I had two shows for my photography, and the normal holiday bustle. I saw an old friend this evening I hadn’t seen in a while and it turns out she had a belated Christmas gift for me. Normally, I don’t make a big deal about gifts I’ve received and such, but this one is super cool: a Polaroid 250 Land Camera!
They were manufactured from 1967-1969 and this one looks like it’s in great shape! I can’t wait to get film for it (which is surprisingly available on Amazon) and find one of the weird 4.5 volt batteries it requires. I haven’t used any kind of traditional film camera since I got into photography so this will be an adventure and a half. I’ll be sure to share some shots once I make this happen!
Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe.
After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world.
Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa.
Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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