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How I fell in love with Lomography

I had been into photography for a while, but when I saw the Fisheye No.2 it really was love at first sight. Ever since then, this camera has taught me to be spontaneous, to take chances, and to leave the digital grind behind!

My lomographic destiny was determined on April 6th, 2008.

That day my art class went on a field trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery to see some exhibition. Now, don’t ask me what kind of exhibition it was. Was it modern art? Was it more tradional? I don’t know. Seriously, I cannot remember a thing about it, for I saw the most beautiful thing I had ever seen right before we went to see the exhibition.

Photo by cornborn

At the museum shop they were selling the Lomo Fisheye No.2. I had never seen such an excentric, yet beautiful camera and it was all I could think about while stumbling along behind the rest of my class in a rather dazed manner.

The thing was, I didn’t have enough cash to buy it right there, but I just HAD to get it! So when our guided tour was over, we had some time to explore the gallery on our own. I told a friend that I had to go to a bank and withdraw some money in order to buy the Fisheye and that she should tell the teacher that I had gone to the bathroom in case anyone was wondering where I had gone – we were not allowed to leave the Art Gallery, of course!

So there I am, running around in Vancouver at the top of my lungs, getting the money and hurrying back as fast as I could!!

Fortunately the teacher hadn’t noticed my absence. I bought the fisheye and ever since then, it’s been my reliable and dearly loved companion. We recently got comany of a Diana Mini, which I now love just as much, a Frogeye camera, and, very recently, a Diana F+ Qing Hua edition.

The Fisheye and I have been through a lot together – its flash doesn’t really work anymore, the rubber strap came off and it sure does show some wear. But I can honestly say that I love it just as much as I did when I first saw it and I will refuse to replace it until it completely ceases to operate.

written by cornborn

1 comment

  1. erinwoodgatesphotography


    I'm pretty sure the first time i saw a camera was on a school excursion to an art gallery as well.. hehe!

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