How I surprisingly got hooked by Lomography

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
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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…

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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!

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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…

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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:

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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 on 2010-12-01


  1. dictaphone
    dictaphone ·

    Nice article, fingers crossed for the manager thing!

  2. trashpilotin
    trashpilotin ·

    you would make a perfect online manager :)

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

    love your shots

  4. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    gooooood luck!!! :D.

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

    you have to win ;)

  6. warning
    warning ·

    Keep your fingers crossed!!!.

  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 :))

  8. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    thank you everybody for the kind words :)

  9. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

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

  10. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Great story and shots! :)

  11. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    you pictures are always great dude.

  12. spoeker
    spoeker ·

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

  13. squamy
    squamy ·

    Awesome story! Good luck with the job! :D

  14. azzzy
    azzzy ·

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

  15. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    good luck :) :) Loveeeee your shots!!

  16. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    super martin, t'ecris bien bordel :D

  17. erinwoodgatesphotography
    erinwoodgatesphotography ·

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

  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!

  19. eatcpcks
    eatcpcks ·

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

  20. isabel_mebarak
    isabel_mebarak ·


  21. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    go go martin go !

  22. stouf
    stouf ·

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

  23. remi-boiteux
    remi-boiteux ·

    Good luck dude !

  24. adbigmilk
    adbigmilk ·

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

  25. vgzalez
    vgzalez ·

    good luck, my friend!!

  26. summyzhong
    summyzhong ·


  27. kevinlj182
    kevinlj182 ·

    I liked it! Keep up the great Photos!

  28. dannyedwards
    dannyedwards ·

    really nice galleries!

  29. azzzy
    azzzy ·

    you will win!

  30. metzgor
    metzgor ·

    nice story dude!

  31. maijomoll
    maijomoll ·

    very nice! good luck for the manager thing :)

  32. lupo
    lupo ·

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

  33. eastmoe
    eastmoe ·

    yeahhh..lomo on.

  34. mihauandpaolo
    mihauandpaolo ·

    analogue rules XD
    good luck!

  35. warshock
    warshock ·

    i love your story. lomo on. :)

  36. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    musician + lomo = WINNER ! :)

  37. benb
    benb ·

    M_____ pour le job ! ^^

  38. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    great story and great photos, good work my friend

  39. coca
    coca ·

    great shots, and good luck with the job!!

  40. elede
    elede ·

    you got it.

  41. digyourself
    digyourself ·

    this is great!

  42. neja
    neja ·

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

  43. naqi
    naqi ·

    nicely written and great shots!!

  44. atreyuthechild
    atreyuthechild ·

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

  45. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

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

  46. cryve
    cryve ·

    good luck my friend!! :D

  47. i_am_four-eyes
    i_am_four-eyes ·

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

  48. parktreeone
    parktreeone ·

    Nice article love your photos

  49. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

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

  50. gunship
    gunship ·

    good luck!!

  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 :))

  52. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

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

  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 !

  54. idigtulsa
    idigtulsa ·

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

  55. annko
    annko ·

    Love your photos & nice article !!!

  56. mylatehope
    mylatehope ·

    Great article & images

  57. jimmyhido
    jimmyhido ·

    good job

  58. lakandula
    lakandula ·

    Love reading the story of your conversion. Fantastic shots!

  59. zoezo
    zoezo ·

    I really like the wedding shot! X

  60. dyluzo
    dyluzo ·

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

  61. ghost
    ghost ·

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

  62. ministryofvanilla
    ministryofvanilla ·

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

  63. gebunnag
    gebunnag ·

    Nice story man, loved it :D

  64. marshall4480
    marshall4480 ·

    Great article man.

  65. boss-i
    boss-i ·

    Wow...Nice article!

  66. helenga
    helenga ·

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

  67. danthefreakingman
    danthefreakingman ·

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

  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 :)

  69. blancarleal
    blancarleal ·

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

  70. snug
    snug ·

    Great post and wondeful photos - good luck!

  71. mayer
    mayer ·

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

  72. thufflife
    thufflife ·

    Great Story and wonderful photos

  73. coolsigg
    coolsigg ·

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

  74. rodrigoalmeida
    rodrigoalmeida ·

    Good luck!

  75. rastablues
    rastablues ·

    lindo articulo :D

  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!

  77. thedriver
    thedriver ·

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

  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

  79. escudero
    escudero ·

    fantastico article y images

  80. anpank
    anpank ·

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

  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

  82. thedrill
    thedrill ·

    Keep up the good work.

  83. ajyassi
    ajyassi ·

    Good article!!

  84. weedos
    weedos ·

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

  85. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

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

  86. kaahti
    kaahti ·

    Great story! I agree the analogue has the feeling!

  87. renatamotteran
    renatamotteran ·

    congratulations! nice nice story!

  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").

  89. welland
    welland ·

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

  90. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    @welland nope ;(

  91. welland
    welland ·

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

  92. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

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

  93. hongmeow121
    hongmeow121 ·

    unlucky about the job, the photos are still excellent

  94. guinastrapazi
    guinastrapazi ·

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

  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! =)