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.
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 on 2010-12-02