Petzval_preorder_header_kit

Now Available for Pre-Order - First Come, First Served

Have an account? Login | New to Lomography? Register | Lab | Current Site:

Lomo Therapy (Or How Lomography Saved My Life)

This is how lomography saved my life and became part of my therapy and recovery.

I first heard about lomography three years ago from my friends, but it was only in February this year when I finally decided to give it a try out of curiosity, or perhaps I was too bored working at home and doing repetitive tasks every day. I needed a creative, productive outlet to break the monotony and release my existential angsts and other frustrations.

My first lomo camera was a Holga CFN. A friend of mine recommended it to me, saying that it’s the perfect plastic camera to play around with for novice lomographers. After shooting my first roll, I instantly fell in love with it. I was in awe when I saw how beautiful, vivid and painterly my shots turned out. Shooting with my Holga for the first time urged me to embark on more lomo adventures.

From then on, I promised myself to make it a hobby and part of my backpacking adventures and other escapades. I guess it’s never too late to renew your passion, and thankfully, I did. So I started collecting film cameras, documenting all my trips and writing articles. Whatever piggies I earned were spent either on buying films and new cameras.

Then came that fateful month of April. I had a “freak accident” and broke my right clavicle. I had to undergo a metal pin surgery to fuse the fractured bones. The accident happened at the time when I just started to get hooked on lomography. But my injury didn’t stop me from taking photos, even if I was wearing a sling. I just needed someone to load the film. My left hand could still manage to snap and click on the shutter.

Photo by antibiotyx

In fact, a month before my operation in June, I even managed to travel overseas and visit Hong Kong (yes, with a broken clavicle!), and part of our itinerary was visiting the Lomography Gallery Store in Sheung Wan where I bought a Diana Mini.

Fast forward to June 2, 2010 – the day of my pin surgery. The operation went well, and luckily, I was discharged from the hospital the next day. There’s no complication whatsoever, thank God.

And here’s the wonderful part. First thing I did when I got back home was to go online and check my lomography page. I was so shocked to find out that I was awarded Lomo Home of the Day. Such a pleasant surprise! My first award, right after my successful operation…fantastic! Below is the featured photo of my first-ever award.

Photo by antibiotyx

During the agonizing two-month recovery period, lomography became part of my therapy. I got more addicted and passionate about it, primarily because I wasn’t allowed to make any strenuous movement; I couldn’t walk outside and got nothing much to do at home. My parents and my siblings, and almost everything around the house became my usual subjects during my recuperation. Taking personal snapshots, to a certain degree, became my way of diverting or dealing with the pain and the ordeal of being immobile.

It was only after two long months and a series of range of motion therapy sessions that I finally got to go outside and decided to revisit some of my favorite, nostalgic places. The accident made me appreciate life even more. I realized that there’s more out there to see, explore, enjoy, laugh about, and love, and lomography helped me document all those precious, priceless moments.

Photo by antibiotyx

Today, I’m a lomo addict and constantly trying to live life to the fullest. So far, I have written 30+ articles and uploaded almost two thousand photos. My camera collection has also ballooned tremendously, now totalling to 12, and I’m planning to collect more in the future. Yesterday, I ordered an L-CA+. My Christmas wish has finally come true. Woohoo!

Thank you LSI for being part of my therapy and recovery! You guys are a lifesaver!

written by antibiotyx

40 comments

  1. luke_liu85

    luke_liu85

    inspiring story bro. keep on shooting!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  2. novakmisi

    novakmisi

    story for a film !

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  3. valennano

    valennano

    very interesting my friend

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  4. permafrost

    permafrost

    beautiful story! keep it up!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  5. kerpella

    kerpella

    This is awesome!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  6. jeabzz

    jeabzz

    very nice !

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  7. squamy

    squamy

    Ace story!! Lovely pics :)

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  8. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Excellent story!! I started a Lomohome in 2007. I have a large box full of old cameras and have been using them in turn ever since. I've got almost all of them working.

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  9. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    thanks to @everyone who has liked my lomo story. very much appreciated guys!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  10. gnarlyleech

    gnarlyleech

    Awesome journey dude.

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  11. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    Nice story, well done!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  12. sarahboat

    sarahboat

    Wow! This is a wonderful story. I'm so glad that lomo played a part in your recovery.

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  13. erinwoodgatesphotography

    erinwoodgatesphotography

    How was the photo of your hand created? its amazing!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  14. kneehigh85

    kneehigh85

    Great story and fab photos to go alongside it!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  15. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    thanks guys! @erinwoodgatesphotography hey! it's just a triple exposure shot using a diana mini. to add different layers of color to it, i used a colorsplash flash. ;)

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  16. rav_bunneh

    rav_bunneh

    Nice! :3

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  17. eatcpcks

    eatcpcks

    I love this article:) thanks a lot for sharing it with us!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  18. yaypenny

    yaypenny

    Wonderful article!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  19. bigphilly808

    bigphilly808

    good job! lomo forevever :-)

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  20. sergio_m

    sergio_m

    great story!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  21. marant69

    marant69

    Thanks for sharing!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  22. superlighter

    superlighter

    I really like it! is spectacular how lomography can "infuence" hour lives, is much more than a mere photo addiction. Lomo On!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  23. lo-fi-laydee

    lo-fi-laydee

    really a great beginning and you can see that passion in your photos. hope the story never ends!
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  24. jadebrassett

    jadebrassett

    this is really lovely, glad to hear your back to health again.
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  25. ahleng90

    ahleng90

    i'm touched to read this...lomo on antibiotyx...love your photos :) please dont stop making beautiful lomos :)

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  26. neurodiaz

    neurodiaz

    Great article, such an example of lomographic way of life. Cheers, :). Lomo ON.

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  27. neurodiaz

    neurodiaz

    Great article, such an example of lomographic way of life. Cheers, :). Lomo ON.

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  28. fruchtzwerg_hh

    fruchtzwerg_hh

    Wonderful story, thanks for sharing this, love it! Looking forward to see more of your beautiful pics.

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  29. phil2k90

    phil2k90

    That's a great story! Lomography makes you see the beauty in the things you see every day, what better way to keep your spirits up going through such an ordeal? ;)

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  30. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    lomography is indeed therapeutic. thanks for the kind words, guys!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  31. homer

    homer

    Good article :-)

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  32. calvin_hardy

    calvin_hardy

    that's great :) beautiful Beaches :P

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  33. sinser

    sinser

    great article, great fotos and amazing story, lomo onn!!!!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  34. ksbartoszek

    ksbartoszek

    Very well written!
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  35. gelagoo

    gelagoo

    Nagkuha kang litrato sa hospital? :D That'll be an awesome project I think. ;)

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  36. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    thanks for the likes and comments guys! @gelagoo hindi eh, sayang. i wasn't able to take shots while i was at the hospital. i was too groggy from anesthesia. haha.

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  37. burslem

    burslem

    I really enjoyed story! Glad your able to keep lomo-ing! ;)

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  38. kuryzu

    kuryzu

    i love the pics

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  39. weedos

    weedos

    Great story and fantastic pics. Thanks for sharing!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  40. evahebat

    omfg i love it! :D
    over 3 years ago · report as spam