Author Archives: Katt Janson Merilo

The Permanence of the Analog Kit

“Why use film?” Since the creation of the digital image, those who choose film have been asked this question. The question itself strikes us as a little bit odd, simply because it’d be unusual to imagine other artists get drilled on their choice of a common, tactile medium in casual settings by artists and non-artists […]

On Traveling with Film

Having the right camera with you on your travels is a vital step in any successful trip. Perhaps you already choose to travel with one or several trusted film cameras, and have reasons of your own for doing so. I wasn’t always a film camera traveler, but after years of tentative trials, I’ve now come […]

The History of the Customer Show

The Blue Moon Camera and Machine annual Customer Show is our favorite event of the year. Opening in December to celebrate our anniversary, we somehow have conned our staff, customers, fans, and friends to get dressed up and walk the streets of St. Johns in the rain and cold all evening, and it’s always been […]

Typewriter Troubleshooting

Using a typewriter is a rewarding and fun writing experience, but your typing journey can be unexpectedly waylaid by some common quirks for these machines. We’d like to help you troubleshoot some of the more common typewriting issues you may come across. Whether you did a lot of typing a long time ago and are […]

Rescued Film Project Interview : Levi Bettwieser

Chances are if you’re a follower of photography news online, you’ve heard about the Rescued Film Project. Last year they made digital headlines with the discovery and development of undeveloped film from a WWII photographer, and now they’ve got their hands on one of their biggest projects yet: an estimated 1,200 rolls of undeveloped film […]

Five tips for your Fireworks Film Photos

Summertime brings with it long, clear, warm nights and plenty of excuses to set a giant stick of explosives on fire, run away, and photograph the cacophonous and polychromatic results. To get you started, our expert fireworks setter-offer Peter Carlson has some quick tips and tricks.     5. Focus to infinity This might go without saying, […]

What’s New on the Blue Moon? (since the last blue moon)

It’s that time of the lunar cycle again. A blue moon rises on Portland tonight and to celebrate, we’d like to tell you what we’ve been up to since the last blue moon back in 2012. We’ve had a very good three years, and owe so much of that to the people reading along now. […]

Announcing Spy Film for MINOX cameras

We’ve got news. It’s really, really big news. We’ve kept it Top Secret for almost a year. At long last the time has come to declassify, and we’re ready to share with you our latest endeavor. But first: are you sitting down? Good. Were you followed? Excellent. Here we go. Effective immediately, Blue Moon Camera […]


Happy Toy Camera day! We don’t know about you, but here at Blue Moon Camera and Machine, we’re major Holgamaniacs. Need proof? Just check out some of what we get up to off hours with our plastic cameras.                     What can we say? We love our […]

An Impossible Party

This week we were lucky enough to get a visit from Impossible’s SilverShade Airstream tour. In true Blue Moon Camera and Machine fashion, we celebrated this the only way we knew how: by throwing a big party. We stayed open late, ordered a keg (or two), and photographed all the Impossible film we could get our […]

The Pinhole Makers

In celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, we’d like to celebrate all you passionate pinhole photographers and camera makers. We sat down (virtually) with several pinhole camera makers and takers recently to pick their photographic brains about what draws them to pinhole photography, and what kind of cameras they make and use. The Pinhole Camera […]

Photographing Miss Daisy

If you’ve come to the store, chances are that you’ve noticed a beautiful dark haired lady sticking her head through the back curtain at least once. She’s hard to miss. She probably wagged her tail when you noticed her, which should have prompted you to ask her name. That lovely lady is Daisy. Officially, she […]

How to run your own Instant Film Photo Booth

Nothing makes a party like a photo booth. There’s something magical about hosting a booth that produces physical prints on the spot. Incorporating an instant pack film setup can make a lasting memory, both in your attendees’ minds and with physical prints they can keep forever. And one of the best parts? It’s super easy […]

My Kingdom for a Voice

You shouldn’t read this article. There will be no happy endings or satisfactory resolution. It poses problems without solution, and offers you no advice whatsoever. Among the wildfire of online articles that claim to guide you safely through artistic turmoil soothed and unscathed, I am interested only in fanning the flames. The problem, you see, […]

Vivian Maier, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Photography

I can barely wait a week to see my developed film. Most photographers nowadays don’t even wait a minute. More and more I find myself wanting to see my work faster, oftentimes letting the quality and archivability of my art suffer so I can get gratification as fast as possible. I’ve become so obsessed with […]

What’s New on the Blue Moon?

In celebration of Portland’s second full moon in the month of August, we at Blue Moon Camera and Machine would like to update you on a few things that have happened since the last blue moon.     But before we get into the recent past, we’d like to talk a bit about our beginnings. […]