Why Do We Love Photography? A Thirty Somethings Photographic Journey. The early years 1976-1986 Part Six
In 1985, I turned nine years old and was introduced to a new way to take pictures that had several advantages. Dubbed “The 110”, the Vivatar 110 model camera was flat, light weight, and could fit in your blue jeans pocket. Equipped with the revolutionary Lomography 110 film cartridge, which popped in and out of the 110 camera with minimal risk of overexposure, the Vivatar 110 was the perfect vacation camera and was the source of most of my family photos in the mid 1980s. “The 110” was cheap and much more affordable than other models of cameras and even had a key chain micro version.
Lomography was the original 110, but soon Fuji and Kodak made film for it that was affordable. The big advantage of the 110 was its price and portability. However, “The 110” did not have a zoom lens of any kind and if you shake during the picture, it was blurry. Therefore explaining why some of those family photos in the mid-1980s were almost ghostly looking from the tremble of the photographers hand. Nevertheless, the Hemisfair Arena (a common gathering place for my family during basketball season in the 1980s) appeared very fuzzy and the basketball shots were very out of focus. “The 110” was great for taking to WaterWorld or AstroWorld in Houston during the summers though.