Oliver G Pike
Photos Taken with a Miniature Camera
In the mid-1930s Oliver Pike used a few different "miniature
cameras". Because of their small size they were much more
versatile than the old plate cameras, although the image
quality was not so impressive. The Royal
Photographic Society had a "miniature camera" category in its
exhibitions and this is where you would have found these photos.
Click on the borders of the thumbnail pictures below to zoom
in on the exhibition prints.
All three of these photos were taken using a VP Exakta
single-lens reflex camera, usually used with a telephoto lens
and a tripod, but it could also be used hand-held.
The photos of the otter and the young rabbits were taken in
Oliver Pike's garden nature sanctuary at Leighton Buzzard.
The otter became very tame and was called Bobbie. Pike obtained
this photo by offering the otter a piece of fish with his right hand
while the camera was in his left hand, but he says that the otter
"put his nose forward to sniff the instrument" at the moment of exposure,
so he must have been very close.
The pintail was taken in St James's Park, London.