Peter, better known as Clickiemcpete is a metal artist specializing in small tools. It comes as no surprise therefore that he and his Fisheye Baby 110 make the perfect combination.
Hey there Peter!
Want to tell us a short something about yourself? How did you get into Lomography? Had you shot 110 film before this?
Hi, thanks for the interview opportunity. I’m a metal artist specializing in small tools, pocket knives and gadgets. About 5 years ago I decided to delve further into photography, partly to get better product shots for my business but also to teach myself another craft and visual medium. Along the way I discovered Lensbaby and that got me into plastic cameras which naturally lead to Lomography. As you know, in the world of plastic cams, all roads lead to Lomography eventually! Prior to the release of the Orca 110 film I had no experience with the 110 format but as soon as I purchased the Orca 110 rolls I picked up a few vintage cameras on Ebay and after that I was off and running. I was happy when the Fisheye Baby 110 was introduced as well…I believe the Fisheye Baby 110 is the only 110 fisheye camera available so it’s a nice addition to the genre.
How was your experience with the Fisheye Baby 110 and the Orca? You mentioned it was rather lo-fi. Would you give it a go in color with the new Tiger 110 film or do you prefer to stick to B&W?
Ha, I’m way ahead of you here. I have already gone through a half dozen rolls of the Tiger 110 and even have scans back from the lab which I will post this weekend. To answer your question, I love the Fisheye Baby 110! What a fantastic little pocket camera. Being in the business of making small objects for people’s pockets, I constantly seek out the smallest of the small and so a tiny camera like this is right up my alley. I have received numerous inquiries from strangers who see me shooting it too and that’s always fun. Many of the older folks remember 110 film and they are amazed to learn that there is a 110 revival underway or for that matter, even that some people are still shooting film of any kind. I usually give them a business card and write down the Lomography website so perhaps a few will even set aside their digital machines and snap a roll or two for old time’s sake.
Yes, the lens on the Fisheye Baby 110 is definitely lo-fi and that’s just fine. I enjoy all kinds of images and to be honest I get as much pleasure out of shooting plastic cameras with plastic lenses as I do a Leica MP and Summicron. This fisheye lens isn’t as sharp as the one on the full sized Lomography Fisheye 2 but it still gives you those great sun flares and the fabulous barrel distortion that we endlessly crave. From my first Tiger 110 rolls it looks like the camera yields some decent colors as well.
Where have you taken your Fisheyebaby 110? Where do you plan on taking it next?
Oh, it’s been in my pocket or in my car since I got it. So it’s been everywhere I’ve gone. I REALLY REALLY like that the designers at Lomography put real CAMERA LUGS on the Fisheye Baby 110 because it enables you to put a small wrist or neck strap on it. All Lomography cameras should have them, hint hint. Anyway, having the Fisheye Baby 110 around my neck on a nylon Holga strap has generated a lot of comments and the light weight makes it super easy to carry. Lately I’ve had it on a wrist strap and that also works well, making it easy to stash in your pocket but giving some added grip to the camera. The one negative I will give is that the ergos are just a bit slippery and the camera would have benefited from some rubber grips built into it.
So where has it been? I’ve been around town with it every day and to several of my favorite landscape areas. It went on a schooner sail on Long Island Sound out of Connecticut and some of those images taken with the Tiger 110 really came out great. Later this summer I’ll be on another more extensive sail up the coast of Maine so that will be very interesting and it’s on my list for that trip already.
You’ve managed to get really up close in some cases, like with the photos of the cat for example. Are these your favorites or do you have another shot you prefer more? I like the one of the woman on the street a lot.
Thanks, the woman on the street was one of my favorites from this roll too. I’m still perfecting my stealthy street captures but of course they are easier with smaller cameras. As far as the other images, yes, the cat with the sun flare above him was the best on the roll I thought. For fisheye images I usually prefer either close ups or interesting landscapes. Buildings and architectural details are another area of interest for me and fisheye can yield some nice perspectives.
Do you plan to experiment more with the Fisheye Baby 110’s capabilities? Anything you really want to try? More long or multiple exposures perhaps?
Well, I have a rather extensive camera collection and tend to shoot everything from antique 35mm to medium format to the most recent Lomography offerings. So it will find its place in the rotation. I’m always up for experiments so will continue to play with it and see what happens.
Got any trips and tricks you’d like to share with other Lomographers in the community?
Get the camera steady either with a wrist strap or by gripping the neck strap. It helps a lot to stabilize it and cut down on blur. The other thing is to get close, really close to your subjects. If you are uncomfortably close then you are probably almost close enough. :)
The Fisheye Baby 110 Cameras are fully working miniature versions of the Fisheye No. 2 designed especially to fit 110 film. They capture the world in full circle and enable you to produce perfect Fisheye pictures. The Fisheye Baby 110s come with a bulb mode and are able to capture multiple exposures too. Load them with Lomography 110 Film and dive into the long forgotten world of 110 photography! Head to the 110 Camera Microsite for more information.