Shot at the very beginning of my 'lomographic' career and still one of my personal favorites.
I got introduced to photography by my mom, who was working in a big photo consumer service store. She took pictures through all my childhood, from me and my brothers, mostly family stuff. At that time you didn’t have a choice between film or digital, cause there was only film. While my mom was using mostly a Nikon SLR she gave me and my big brother a Minolta Weathermatic to make photos of our own, an underwater pocket cam.
Later as a teenager I bought myself a Polaroid cam, which I still use. I mainly used it to take naughty pictures of my girlfriend ;-).
Years passed by, digital cams came up. But somehow I never lost touch. It was around 2006 when I first heard about Lomography. There was some footage in magazines and I became curious about it. I discovered the website and learned some new words, like ‘medium format’.
Finally 2008, after my marriage broke down and I had to re-invent myself, I started to invest part of my life in two new hobbies, dancing and analogue photography. Well, not really ‘new’ hobbies, but it felt new. My first analogue cam was a Holga 120GFN. Medium format film was hard to get at that time, but I got my grip on some Fuji Superia 100 rolls. I shot like two rolls and after they got developed I was a bit disappointed. Of course I didn’t know anything about how hungry of light the Holga was and how useless the built-in flash actually is. Nowadays I know better and use it with the Lomography Ringflash indoors or in low light situations.
But nevertheless, from these two rolls I could still get a bunch of good pictures. One of these pictures is the one with the dancer stretching as a preparation for a competition. She already wears her fancy dancing dress and is totally unaware of the clumsy guy taking a picture of her. I like how she is wrapped up in the darkness while she bursts of light and colors. And I also like how she is concentrating on herself, dedicated to the moment, revealing her inner and outer beauty.
Although it might be technically imperfect, it is one of the most beautiful pictures in my LomoHome. Hope you like it too.