Lomography, as a part of my history

Credits: gelagoo

If I look back and how I got into photography in general, I’d say I was about 6-8 years old. I remember my family owns a Polaroid Supercolor 635 (I have it, and it still works) and just like the thought that Barbie grows her own hair even if I cut her bangs, I had this impression that the camera won’t run out of film. But as we all know, film cameras run out of frames, and when my parents found out I wasted a pack of Polaroid, I was clearly in trouble.

I once again stumbled on film photography when I joined my university’s photography club, a couple of months before I finish my bachelor’s. Most of the people there use film to take their photos. In addition to my “re-exposure” to film photography, one of my dearest friends back in the Philippines, Aaron R. (lomohome – kazarareta) was clearly into lomography at that time. I saw some of the photos he took and it reminded me how I used to take photos (on film) when I was a child; and how I documented my high school life through a series of color-negative films (hey, back in 2002 we still use Solid Gold films!). Like any curious person, I went to the internet and researched about Lomography. That’s where it all started!

Credits: gelagoo

Unlike some people who discovered the movement and later on dumped it to return (or perhaps completely abandon it) to digital photography, lomography has become a part of my journey as a person who likes to take photos. I am not ashamed to say that I use both digital and analog cameras, because both forms serve similar and yet different purposes for me. Some people puzzled because I still use film. A lot of times I find that bringing a cute instant camera such as Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 is useful, not only because I get to take pictures and see them right away without the aid of a digital camera, but also bringing nice contraptions like a film camera sparks interests from people around me. Call it a good conversation starter, but it works, and I think it’s good.

I am pretty sure that a lot of lomography enthusiasts will be sharing a lot of their personal stories and experiences on how they come upon lomography. Whatever or however those stories have come about I think the most important part of discovering it is the ability to find a new way to see the world through your lens and be able to share it to people wherever they are.

written by gelagoo on 2010-12-05


  1. squamy
    squamy ·

    Lovely write-up! The bit about using up all the polaroid made me chuckle!
    Check out how I met lomography if you have chance :) www.lomography.com/homes/squamy/blog/918-lomography-and-me-…

  2. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    your exactly right, the most important in Lomography is this new way to see the world!!

  3. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    very nice. Keep lomography going. lomo on