photograph of an agfa pocket camera laid on top of several packets of 110 film
The Whole Roll

24 Frames / Whole Roll of 110 Fujicolor in an Agfamatic Pocket Camera on a Countryside walk – By Rock

May 7, 2021

I haven’t submitted anything for a while: I’m six months into a medical condition that largely effects my upper limbs, in particular so-called ‘clumsy hands’. This has greatly reduced my ability to write and type, and some cameras are just too heavy and fiddly for me now. I haven’t actually dropped any cameras or lenses yet (plenty of cups and dishes, mind!). Anyway, I have had a rethink about how I go about doing my photography.

Lightweight point ‘n’ shoots seem best at the moment. And my favourite film cameras in this category are to be found in the cartridge based, mainly pocket 110 format. It’s not difficult to source these cameras as they are plenty abound, and cheap.  Needless to say my 110 output has recently seen a surge.

I fondly remember using basic cameras as a child in the the 1970s and into the 80s (even disc cameras). And I love all things retro (except disc cameras!). However, shooting 110 in the 21st century does have its obstacles and frustrations. Apart from Lomography new stock, all the cartridges are out of date, some 20, 30 even 40 years ago.

Experience has taught that expired film appreciates a fair amount of light – sunny days are better than dull ones. So on the warmest day of the year so far, why not a countryside walk from my village in Cuxton to the next parish of Cobham to see the Darnley Mausoleum? With some 2003 Fujicolor 200 in a 1970s Agfamatic 2000 Pocket Sensor, of course. I’m so chuffed with the results, I’m showcasing all the frames here…..

photo of a footpath trail post

start of the walk, left or right?

photo of tree leaves against a blue sky

blue skies, although colours have come out a bit murky on this frame

photo of coppiced woodland

managed woodland, recent coppicing

photo of a small countryside hamlet in the distance

the hamlet of Bush, as seen from Mill Hill

photo of yellow woodland flowers

lesser celandine, these yellow ‘sun’ flowers are abundant this time of the year

photo of a field with treeline in the background

Brockles Field, this will be a meadow full of wild flowers by summertime

view of countryside

looking left and south, fantastic views across the valley

close up view of meadow grassland

meadow grassland with treeline in the background

photograph of countryside field with trees in the background

exit Brockles, towards Kitchen Field and Birch Wood

photo of a view across country fields

close up view of flint and chalk field

Kitchen Field does come alive with poppies, but just flint and chalk for now

photo of some woodland flowers

up through Birch Wood, primroses and woodland violets also in bloom

photo of the remains of a ww2

near to the top, remains of a WW2 pillbox still concealed within the woods

photograph of wood pasture

entering Cobham Park, a former wood pasture of the Darnley estate

close up photograph of dead tree stumps

photograph of buildings foundations showing through the ground

archaeology, this was the former gamekeeper’s cottage

a photograph of a trackway through woodland

photograph of mature trees in a woodland pasture

close up photo of tree bark

photograph of the Darnley Mausoleum in the near distance

nearly there, the Darnley Mausoleum

close up photo of Darnley Mausoleum

Darnley Mausoleum detail

built in 1786 for £9000, restored by 2010 for £6 000 000

photo of flowers and veteran trees in wood pasture

cultivated daffodils, reminder of a past managed parkland and wood pasture

The walk to the Mausoleum and back home again was an enjoyable one and a half hours. It was good to see the Gamekeepers Cottage re-buried  again as I helped to excavate it a few years ago. All-round uplifting and meaningful photo shoot for me personally, in spite of (maybe because of?) such a lo-fi film format and lo-spec camera. I hope you get a sense of that with this whole roll. I did arrive home with a blister on my big toe, but no matter. Inspired enough to do more of this for the time being.

Thanks for reading, some of my stuff at my website but I also have an Instagram account where I put my 110, 126 stuff.

Cheers, Rock

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Dana Brigham
    May 7, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Great results for 110 — especially with expired film (how expired was this film)! And yep — the best camera you have is the one that you have with you — capture pictures is better than not. You chronicled a decent hike. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Rock
      May 8, 2021 at 2:02 am

      Dana, the film was dated 2003. Most 110 cartridges I get hold of are generally 15 to 20 years out of date, and usually yield acceptable results. I’m quite hooked on 110 at the moment, with a handful of cameras and a fridge full of film. Just finished off another Fuji cartridge today. Cheers, Rock

  • Reply
    Soloman khan
    May 7, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for the upload, no doubt you’re truly chuffed with the results,considering the limited spec on camera/film, and outdated emulsion, which naturally degrade over time. Hope your blister is healing?🤔..the mausoleom looks in pretty bad shape, considering it was just over a decade ago, with what appears an outrageous cost of £6million squids, crikey😏..i could have got a few polish/afghan builders in to restore that splendidly at a steal !! It appears..Someone somewhere has “pocketed” rather a large sum of serious ££££’s away for an early retirement in sunnier climes with wonderful views 🙄..anyway..asides from my offbeat social comment on misspent public coffers, please come back and post more nice pictures..sooooon 🙄📷.. take care, and wish you a speedy recovery to good health..
    BLESS 🙄

    • Reply
      Rock
      May 8, 2021 at 2:05 am

      Blister healed okay! I’m gonna be shooting quite a lot point n shoot stuff in the foreseeable future, including 110, and definitely will post some of it.

  • Reply
    Peter Roberts
    May 7, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    An inspiring post, Rock.

    Such impressive images out of seemingly humble equipment. A lesson to us all.
    A very different Cuxton from my railway days of cement works!

  • Reply
    Rock
    May 8, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Glad you are inspired, Peter. No more cement these days!Plenty of beautiful countryside including a plant nature reserve at Ranscombe.

  • Reply
    Alex Vye
    May 8, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Really inspiring article. Never tried 110 🙂

    • Reply
      Rock
      May 8, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      Please try it, need to keep the format alive (well I think so anyway). Maybe one day Kodak will see the light and start making 110 film again!😋

  • Reply
    Scott Gitlin
    May 10, 2021 at 2:10 am

    That’s really an eye-opener to me. I didn’t think 110 format could deliver such quality captures. Are you scanning the negatives?

    • Reply
      Rock
      May 10, 2021 at 9:10 am

      I scan the negs with a very basic portable scanner directly to a SD card, one at a time. Back in the day photo labs would have printed them to something like 5, 6 maybe 7 inch photos.

  • Reply
    Chris
    July 29, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    I just came across this site and your story. Nicely Done! Lots of fun to read. Like you, I well remember using the 110 format as a teen. Later I actually worked briefly at Kodak manufacturing the much maligned disc cameras. Yes, the film was grainy but the cameras were well engineered. I still have one and its 35+ year old lithium battery still powers up the camera!

    Stay Well,

    CDC

    • Reply
      Rock
      July 29, 2021 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks for your comments Chris. I recommend you get yourself a 110 camera and give it a go! Disc film comes up from time to time on eBay but no idea how you would process it. Cheers, Rock

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