Lomo Therapy (Or How Lomography Saved My Life)


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 (Holgaga (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 (Things I Learned from Using Holga CFN for the First Time) urged me to embark on more lomo adventures.

Credits: antibiotyx

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 (Clavicle X-rays). 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.

Credits: 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 (Lomography Gallery Store Hong Kong) 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 (LHOTD). Such a pleasant surprise! My first award, right after my successful operation…fantastic! Below is the featured photo of my first-ever award.

Credits: 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.

Credits: 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 on 2010-12-03


  1. luke_liu85
    luke_liu85 ·

    inspiring story bro. keep on shooting!

  2. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

    story for a film !

  3. valennano
    valennano ·

    very interesting my friend

  4. permafrost
    permafrost ·

    beautiful story! keep it up!

  5. kerpella
    kerpella ·

    This is awesome!

  6. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    very nice !

  7. squamy
    squamy ·

    Ace story!! Lovely pics :)

  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.

  9. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

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

  10. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    Awesome journey dude.

  11. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Nice story, well done!

  12. sarahboat
    sarahboat ·

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

  13. erinwoodgatesphotography
    erinwoodgatesphotography ·

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

  14. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Great story and fab photos to go alongside it!

  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. ;)

  16. rav_bunneh
    rav_bunneh ·

    Nice! :3

  17. eatcpcks
    eatcpcks ·

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

  18. yaypenny
    yaypenny ·

    Wonderful article!

  19. bigphilly808
    bigphilly808 ·

    good job! lomo forevever :-)

  20. sergio_m
    sergio_m ·

    great story!

  21. marant69
    marant69 ·

    Thanks for sharing!

  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!

  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!

  24. jadebrassett
    jadebrassett ·

    this is really lovely, glad to hear your back to health again.

  25. ahleng90
    ahleng90 ·

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

  26. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·

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

  27. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·

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

  28. fruchtzwerg_hh
    fruchtzwerg_hh ·

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

  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? ;)

  30. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

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

  31. homer
    homer ·

    Good article :-)

  32. calvin_hardy
    calvin_hardy ·

    that's great :) beautiful Beaches :P

  33. sinser
    sinser ·

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

  34. ksbartoszek
    ksbartoszek ·

    Very well written!

  35. gelagoo
    gelagoo ·

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

  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.

  37. burslem
    burslem ·

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

  38. kuryzu
    kuryzu ·

    i love the pics

  39. weedos
    weedos ·

    Great story and fantastic pics. Thanks for sharing!

  40. evahebat
    evahebat ·

    omfg i love it! :D