with the advent of digital cameras, i blossomed (not like that chick in that sitcom, though). if i had had the money, i would've loved to get into developing my own film and slr cameras and what not, but alas. . . i did not. taking film to get developed at exorbitant rates didn't help. digital let me do it all without the expense or the darkroom. i'm sure many out there feel the same.
i still can't afford the cutting edge, so no digital slr. but, here's a novel way to make abstract lenses for almost any digital camera.
Step 1: The lens
at michael's (a craft store) i stumbled upon some cheap plastic kaleidoscopes and a light bulb turned on above my head.
these things are $1.49 apiece, and there were different types of lenses. i'll show you the two options that i liked the best in this instructable.