a re-introduction in words to how i came about this whole lomography deal.
My friend Joshua is a talented photographer. He’s also a lot like the local drug dealer. Back in early 2003 he sensed that I needed something new in my life. He recommended I depart from my digi ways and retreat to analogue. He gave me the name and number to a spot where I could go see about a Holga. Intrigued by his advice I went to the place, secured a Holga with film and the rest is history. My addiction was slow at first, but then it sort of became cancerous, if you will…
Seven years later I’m breaking the bank, but picking up speed by feeding into my habitat. My collection is now comprised of a Holga, Horizon Kompakt, SumperSampler, Fisheye, Oktomat (currently dead), Fuji Instax Mini and Lubitel 166+. Never satisfied, I now want the Sprocket Rocket, Spinner, Diana, my own darkroom, a DigitaLIZA scanning mask and more. Oh, and a million dollars to keep feeding the processing, printing and of a full-time addiction would be a nice touch. I’m not greedy though.
Becoming a Lomogragher has been one of the best vices I could have ever picked up. I feel empowered to break rules and to even follow them sometimes. I feel more creative and enjoy the online community packed with tipsters and mag articles showing me the way to the off-the-beat path. Much like real life, I’ve been disappointed by more than a roll of film or two. I’ve learned that I’d rather not x-process. It was a phase at once, but not really my type of thing. On the flip side, I’ve been so overjoyed by a roll of film that the feeling is far better than any unwrapping any Christmas present ever.
So I guess I should just continue down this path with the fever. RedScale, Super Sampling… whateva.
I’ve just got to have it!