I shot photos with a 108-year-old Kodak camera lens to commemorate the soldiers of WWI

WWI adapted lens used on a modern Sony camera to photograph portraits
(Image credit: Tom Calton)

A new portrait series by photographer Tom Calton was made by repurposing a 100-year-old camera lens to commemorate British World War One soldiers. 

During WWI soldiers were prohibited from using cameras and taking photographs of life in the trenches, however, many still did. They did so by using a small compact camera called the Kodak Vest Pocket film camera that was easy to conceal, and later became known as 'The soldier's camera'. Tom Calton, a photographer based in Peterborough, UK, has repurposed its otherwise fixed lens, adapting it to be used on a modern Sony mirrorless camera, in order to photograph a series of images that commemorate those who fought in the war, and those who defied instruction and photographed their experiences. 

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 


Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.