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How I surprisingly got hooked by Lomography

From digital to analog despite all my own arguments!


I’ve always liked photography… When I was young it was tradition at home to snap all moments of life, from birthday parties to picnis and other holiday trips, my parents never missed such moments. When I grow bigger enough to go by myself I always bought disposable cams, because I got a strong tendency to loose everything I got haha… Couldn’t allow myself to buy an expensive cam, I’d definitely loose it :P

But in the mid 90s my father brought back from his work one of these new digital cameras… I had heard of it but never thought I’d get one in my hands so soon. I think I remember it was a Sony with 300.000 pixels haha, technology went so fast since then…

But I got hooked by all the possibilities it offered, and the capacity to learn at no price, try and try again all possibilities and settings… Well you all know about digital photography, it has its assets!

So I became a digital photography freak, only swore by this… At the time I had a friend who swore she’d never go digital, and I spent some time with her doing B&W prints in her tiny home lab, with an oldschool broken enlarger she got from I don’t know where. We spent hours in there, I mean, it was fun, but I thought “that’s not for me, I love technology too much” this seemed prehistoric to me haha!

And on one day… A fellow musician of mine told me he was just like me until he discovered this weird brand called Lomography, and that since then he had turned back to analog… I couldn’t believe it… Well someone that digs digital coming back to analog photography??? Naaaah not possible… But when he showed me the pictures he took with this little thing he called Lomo LCA… Wooooooow! What the hell is this effect, which software he used, I couldn’t believe my eyes… I took the little information he could give me on the brand and went digging online…

Three weeks after I had bought my first LCA from Ebay, not the best option, I know, but it went right for me, and I’m still using it until I can buy a LCA+… Very soon hopefully, if there isn’t a new product released untill then, which I couldn’t resist to buy, as always haha!

It was something like 5 or 6 years ago, and since then I have progressively abandonned digital photography too, just like I swore I never would! But today I don’t see any reason why I’d come back again to digital, there’s no point in this! At all!!!
I am now the happy owner of a dozen of these treasure toys, among which the Spinner 360 which made me a kid again for 3 months now…

I also have a newly bought Horizon Perfekt, not a toy at all there, getting serious with it haha… By the way, I’ll upload my very first test film tonight or tomorrow!
And I also own other buddies such as the Smena 8M which I really like, a Diana Mini, a Holga, a Holga Wide Pinhole, a Supersampler, a Smena Symbol, a Smena 6, etc… and bunch of rarities such as the Agat 18 or the Olympus XA4, my boy jewels :). I love to experiment many things with all these:

Finally this community is so friendly, warm and creative, that you find reasons every day to get modern throughout Lomography, and YES, the future is definitely analogue for me! I even sent an application and had an interview to become the online manager for the French website… Wish me good luck hehe, but I know I’ll stay a Lomo junkie whatever happens!

Cheers mates! Hope you enjoyed this Lomo story and that it remembered souvenirs to some of you here ;)

written by elvismartinezsmith

95 comments

  1. dictaphone

    dictaphone

    Nice article, fingers crossed for the manager thing!

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  2. trashpilotin

    trashpilotin

    you would make a perfect online manager :)

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  3. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    love your shots

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  4. susielomovitz

    susielomovitz

    gooooood luck!!! :D.

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  5. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    you have to win ;)

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  6. warning

    warning

    Keep your fingers crossed!!!.

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  7. zenline

    zenline

    Il est minuit pile, j'ai tout lu, tout vu, tout aimé !! Une belle histoire qui mérite une suite dans les locaux de Lomo France :))

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  8. elvismartinezsmith

    elvismartinezsmith

    thank you everybody for the kind words :)

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  9. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    very nice. good luck on your application. hope you make it! lomo on!

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  10. vicuna

    vicuna

    Great story and shots! :)

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  11. gnarlyleech

    gnarlyleech

    you pictures are always great dude.

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  12. spoeker

    spoeker

    great story :) I cross my fingers for the online manager job for you!!

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  13. squamy

    squamy

    Awesome story! Good luck with the job! :D

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  14. azzzy

    azzzy

    love the article, love the pictures. good luck with the online manager job!

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  15. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    good luck :) :) Loveeeee your shots!!

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  16. jeabzz

    jeabzz

    super martin, t'ecris bien bordel :D

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  17. erinwoodgatesphotography

    erinwoodgatesphotography

    its great hearing that someone can go from completely digital to owning all those analogue cameras!

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  18. nicolas_noir

    nicolas_noir

    Great story! Felt the same as you about digital at first too! Now it's just such a yawn! I love your spinner shots! Good luck with the Horizon!

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  19. eatcpcks

    eatcpcks

    Sounds really great ... a bit like my experience for the "i love technology too much to leave digital away!" finger crossed!

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  20. isabel_mebarak

    isabel_mebarak

    Good!

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  21. mikahsupageek

    mikahsupageek

    go go martin go !

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  22. stouf

    stouf

    If it was my decision, I would make you manager. Bonne chance mon gars ! : )

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  23. remi-boiteux

    remi-boiteux

    Good luck dude !

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  24. adbigmilk

    adbigmilk

    Go go go ! J'adore ta photo de mariage !! bravo pour l'article.

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  25. vgzalez

    vgzalez

    good luck, my friend!!

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  26. summyzhong

    summyzhong

    Good~~

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  27. kevinlj182

    kevinlj182

    I liked it! Keep up the great Photos!

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  28. dannyedwards

    dannyedwards

    really nice galleries!

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  29. azzzy

    azzzy

    you will win!

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  30. metzgor

    metzgor

    nice story dude!

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  31. maijomoll

    maijomoll

    very nice! good luck for the manager thing :)

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  32. lupo

    lupo

    YHEAAAAAAAAAAAA !!!! des énergies positives pour toi :D

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  33. eastmoe

    eastmoe

    yeahhh..lomo on.

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  34. mihauandpaolo

    mihauandpaolo

    analogue rules XD
    good luck!

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  35. warshock

    warshock

    i love your story. lomo on. :)

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  36. lawypop

    lawypop

    musician + lomo = WINNER ! :)

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  37. benb

    benb

    M_____ pour le job ! ^^

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  38. jblaze823

    jblaze823

    great story and great photos, good work my friend

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  39. coca

    coca

    great shots, and good luck with the job!!

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  40. elede

    elede

    you got it.

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  41. digyourself

    digyourself

    this is great!
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  42. neja

    neja

    great photos and story telling! who are dread lock dudes?

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  43. naqi

    naqi

    nicely written and great shots!!

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  44. atreyuthechild

    atreyuthechild

    As everyone before me has said, well written and amazing photo skills! I'm in awe!

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  45. elvismartinezsmith

    elvismartinezsmith

    thank you all for the likes and kind words, I really appreciate!

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  46. cryve

    cryve

    good luck my friend!! :D

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  47. i_am_four-eyes

    i_am_four-eyes

    Awesome story! Yeah, Future is analogue! Will keep my fingers crossed for you : )

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  48. parktreeone

    parktreeone

    Nice article love your photos

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  49. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    I freakin' love your photos, especially the one of that guy with the dreads, it's lovely!

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  50. gunship

    gunship

    good luck!!

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  51. vandal

    vandal

    i was trying to get money money to buy a cool digital camera also the prices where sky high and then i found out about lomography...then i bought myself a minolta x700 (really is a dream slr) now i want to sell it to buy a Canon eos3 :D...anyway now i really don't like digital pictures anymore...they don't have no soul :))

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  52. tallgrrlrocks

    tallgrrlrocks

    Oh I hope you get the position. You deserve it. I enjoyed your story very much too! :) All the best!

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  53. usefulidiot

    usefulidiot

    Clairement, ce job est fait pour toi, ou bien c'est le contraire, mais peu importe, tu as du talent c'est evident. Bonne chance !

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  54. idigtulsa

    idigtulsa

    Very enjoyable read, good luck with the competition. You snap some incredible pics my brother!

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  55. annko

    annko

    Love your photos & nice article !!!
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  56. mylatehope

    mylatehope

    Great article & images

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  57. jimmyhido

    jimmyhido

    good job

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  58. lakandula

    lakandula

    Love reading the story of your conversion. Fantastic shots!

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  59. zoezo

    zoezo

    I really like the wedding shot! X

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  60. dyluzo

    dyluzo

    Well I don't know what to say everybody else said it all ready !
    Way to go !

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  61. ghost

    ghost

    awesome story and amazing pictures! i wish i could have as many cameras as you! haha, still, amazing pictures you take.

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  62. ministryofvanilla

    ministryofvanilla

    your pictures are so beautiful! good luck for the position. =)
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  63. gebunnag

    Nice story man, loved it :D
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  64. marshall4480

    marshall4480

    Great article man.

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  65. boss-i

    boss-i

    Wow...Nice article!

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  66. helenga

    helenga

    Great article! Good luck for the position! Love your pictures!

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  67. danthefreakingman

    danthefreakingman

    cool bro! thats so awesome! lovely photos, looks like you have fun friends!

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  68. holydarkyfied

    holydarkyfied

    Lomography en français? La lomographie alors haha! Très bon article et aussi très belles photos, j'aime celle avec le spinner où l'on voit l'arche de triomphe :) (je dois pas l'écrire comme du monde --') En tous cas, je vais te suivre, histoire de voir tes prochains articles et tes photos :)

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  69. blancarleal

    blancarleal

    what a very nice shots!!!!! lomography come on!!!

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  70. snug

    snug

    Great post and wondeful photos - good luck!

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  71. mayer

    mayer

    Fantastic!
    Very beautiful shots!,... ^__^
    Good Luck!

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  72. thufflife

    thufflife

    Great Story and wonderful photos

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  73. coolsigg

    coolsigg

    Nice story! I too went from analogue (since young) to digital and now back somewhat to analogue! :)

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  74. rodrigoalmeida

    rodrigoalmeida

    Good luck!

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  75. rastablues

    rastablues

    lindo articulo :D

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  76. nural

    nural

    lol I sent in my application for the Turkey role too, I think lomo is more addictive than we think!!! and I`m glad you found your way to analogue!

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  77. thedriver

    thedriver

    Brilliant pics, keep with the Lomography, Its got me and I'll never let it go!

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  78. vtayeh

    vtayeh

    Such great story telling! My story is not nearly as interesting but I sure wish you luck on the job app ;-D

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  79. escudero

    escudero

    fantastico article y images

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  80. anpank

    anpank

    Really nice! I would like to say THANK YOU for telling me this article,martin ;)

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  81. calvin_hardy

    calvin_hardy

    I like the spinner shoots too..and the wedding shoots :p
    this story is very awesome :D Great Jobs :-D

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  82. thedrill

    thedrill

    Keep up the good work.

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  83. ajyassi

    ajyassi

    Good article!!

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  84. weedos

    weedos

    Great story! Mine is similar. Maybe one day I'll get to write it :-). As always, great shots! Cheers!

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  85. elvismartinezsmith

    elvismartinezsmith

    thank you so much everybody for your amazing comments and likes, I WON!!!! :D

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  86. kaahti

    kaahti

    Great story! I agree the analogue has the feeling!
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  87. renatamotteran

    renatamotteran

    congratulations! nice nice story!

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  88. deepfried_goodness

    deepfried_goodness

    Great article! I'm finding my personal free-time photos are now mainly analogue, while my professional work-related stuff stays in digital (clients don't want their product shots to be soft-focused or covered by a light leak no matter how much I tell them "that's the effect I wanted").

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  89. welland

    welland

    So i just read this, did you get the job?!

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  90. elvismartinezsmith

    elvismartinezsmith

    @welland nope ;(

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  91. welland

    welland

    oh well they didn't deserve you then! Hope you're doing well mate

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  92. elvismartinezsmith

    elvismartinezsmith

    @welland hahaha maybe ;) doing great! hope the same for you. Peace from Paris

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  93. hongmeow121

    hongmeow121

    unlucky about the job, the photos are still excellent
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  94. guinastrapazi

    guinastrapazi

    nice article! :))) very well done :)

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  95. alexkon

    alexkon

    Goodwill community - yes, it's a good argument! Effects - is not an argument. Lo-Fi DIGITAL as the film has its effects. The article is so-so. Pictures are very good! 1:1. Good luck! =)

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