How I met Lomography (CliffNotes version)
It was unexpected, the introduction I mean, totally caught me off guard. I had dabbled with digital cameras and enjoyed the idea of creative photography, but there was no “connection” with digital cameras. I had 3 point and shoot digicams between 2004-2006, so it was a bittersweet relationship.They had all left me prematurely. After the last one had passed away on me I decided that my phones camera was all I needed. No desire to spend money on a camera again. Years later things changed.
Then in June 2010 I was attending a music festival with a couple of good buddies, Gathering of the Vibes. It was the second day of the 4 day festival, when myself and my friend John, whom I picked up at the airport much earlier that morning, arrived and the energy was just magnanimous! There were so many people that were dancing and just having a great time, the first thing that hit me was the smell of BBQ and some other “skunky” aroma that seemed to permeate the air, it was like a punch to my senses, and knew then what I needed to compliment the beer I was currently consuming. John and I were just wandering around and taking in all the sights not really knowing where our other friend was, he had rented and RV and was parked somewhere else.
After getting “distracted” and thrown off coarse a few times we finally got our bearings and headed for the RV parking area to meet Krag, our other friend. After a healthy 20 minute walk down the shore we had arrived at the RV and were welcomed happily by our buddy and his friends. An hour had passed since the introductions and the consumption of snacks and more beer when another of Krags friends accompanied by his wife had shown up, they had been rockin’ out at one of the 2 stages at the event, he walked up the steps of the RV and introduced himself as Ken. I’ll never forget that meeting. This peculiar black and baby blue camera around his neck was the first thing that caught my attention, so unassuming and non-judging. Captivated I asked for an introduction, and he took her from around his neck and handed her to me, called her Diana. I was amazed at how comfortable I felt holding her in my hands and how awe struck I was with the simplicity of her, and the shear joy of being the same space as Diana. It was then I knew that I was changed and that this introduction was one of the most important introductions of my life. It had begun over a decade ago with the introduction to my good friend John that led to the introduction to my buddy Krag, from Krag the introduction to Ken then led me to Diana and the world of Lomography.
Thanks to my friends, without them I may have missed out on some great lomo experiences, and thanks to the community for your creative energy and last but not least thanks to Lomography.com for giving us a place to commiserate and share! :)