Mothers know best, and when French photographer Benjamin Arias' mother used to slip a disposable camera in his backpack on a school trip, little did she know she was training a future professional. Based out of Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, a small town next to Paris, Benjamin is a portrait and wedding photographer, dedicating his free time to landscapes and wildlife. He recently went back to analog, and before hopping on a holiday next to Barcelona this summer, acquired a 110 camera in a thrift shop. Along with some Lomography 110 film, he snapped some summer vacation souvenir in one of the smallest analog process possible!
How did you learn to take pictures?
I'm a self-thought photographer, I've learned everything by trial and mistake. It's been seven years that I've been passionate about photography.
Why do you still shoot analogue?
When I was younger and I would travel with my school, my mom would always pack a disposable camera in my bag. But my passion for photography really started with digital. I came back to analog less than a year ago and I really love it!
What inspires you?
My main inspiration is traveling and nature, but this got me to many other subjects, from portraits in nature, landscape, macro, and wildlife photography. I love street photography and 110 is perfect for that I think.
Why do you shoot in the 110 format?
Right before traveling this summer, I found a small 110 camera in a thrift shop. I'm very curious, so I just bought 3 Lomography films, threw them in my bag and started shooting!
What camera do you use?
My usual camera is a Kodak Mini Instamatic s30. But since I fell in love with my first 110 pictures, I just invested in a Pentax Auto110.
What are the challenges you face with 110 film? What are the advantages?
The real advantage of 110 is its transportability! It really is the kind of camera I would always have on me, it's even smaller than my iPhone...
From the pictures you sent us, do you have a favorite one, and can you tell us about it?
I love the picture with the building reflection in the puddle of water it was shot with the LomoChrome Purple and I think it really highlights the details in the image.
Do you have a favorite 110 film?
Do you have any tips to give to people who are shooting 110?
It's really simple to shoot pictures with a 110 camera, most of them are very basic in terms of manual functions, so it's very much point and shoot and I love that. Plus the cameras are tiny so you have no excuse not to have it with you wherever you go.