One normally doesn’t think of LEGO blocks as the most light-sealing material out there that can be used in the camera manufacturing process. But Hong Kong photographer Albertino proves this claim absolutely wrong by creating a two-lensed TLR Rolleiflex type of camera, which instantly prints uniquely lit photographs. The LEGO camera proves that almost anything can be built using the legendary blocks.
According to Albert’s interview for Lomography magazine, this is the first Instax Mini camera made entirely out of LEGO blocks.
The camera has all kinds of cool features, such as a secret door on the side which you have to open in order to get the photo printer started. The ready photograph then comes out from a narrow slit on the Lego camera’s top. There is also a preview screen to adjust and set up the shot and a special button at the front of the camera that has to be deployed to create a photograph.
Albertino talks about some of his experience walking around Hong Kong and taking shots with his unusual camera:
People are shocked when they realize that this is a camera. It is strange enough to see someone carry a Lego castle to the street. One time, I carried the Lego camera to a crowded outdoor market place. I was interrupted by some other store owners who gathered around me and look curiously at the camera. A Western gentleman tapped my shoulder and asked if it is a camera and where can he buy it.
“It drew me instantly amidst a street market in HK and was visually overstimulated. Seeing this thing you made and experiencing the photograph developing made my whole trip worthwhile, man,” he told me afterwards. He is a visitor to Hong Kong and it’s the last stop on his long journey.
What is shown in this preview screen will then be transformed into pictures through the magical Lego bricks. It is like an LCD screen without using electronics. I honestly think twin-lens system is a genius design. Even if you don’t take any pictures, previewing from viewfinder gives some satisfaction.