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 Apart from Lomography new stock, all the cartridges are out of date, some 20, 30 even 40 years ago.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…..
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.