One of the many joys of photography lies in the great variety of cameras to choose from. Some more conventional, others rather odd but fascinating. Today’s article is all about one especially unique camera: The Lomography Spinner 360°.
For some reason I have always been drawn to cameras and lenses that have wide angles. There is simply more to see on the pictures and one does not so easily get the sensation of being restricted or feeling that the borders of the image need to be extended in order to be able to take a deep breath. Wide angle lenses further have the benefit of depicting something that we cannot experience through regular eyesight. The image is extended to such a degree that normally would not be visible to us without moving the eyes or the head. I am repeatedly fascinated by this extention of view. Often, I think that the largest angles are the best angles. The largest angle (without repeating itself) is 360°, so that is what I went for. The Spinner 360° is exactly what my analogue heart needed. I am never dissatisfied with it, since the results are always crazy and impressive. See for yourself.
The image above was shot from the top of the Eiffel Tower. What I like most about it is that on first sight it appears as if there were two buildings facing each other and the picture was taken in between. As you can see, the picture actually extends more than 360°. This is due to the fact that the Spinner does anything up to about 400° max.
The picture below is one of my favourites, because of a very odd effect that adds a touch of surrealism to the overall image. Accidentally, I did not hold the camera horizontally, but tilted it slightly. That’s how the wave madness was created. Again, a camera brought us into spheres that our regular eyesight could not achieve alone. This is when it all gets exciting!