If You’re Gonna Have Fun With Photography, Why not Start With a Toy?
“dude… is that a real camera?”
arg YES it IS a real camera! it’s just plastic! different!
Too many people ask me that question.
“is it real?”
“Is it a toy?”
“Why do you have that?”
In this age of digital everything, from mail to music to art, no one knows or expects a high school student to use a plastic film camera designed in the late 80s. My camera is a Holga 120 CFN. It takes 120 (medium format) film and is made of almost completely plastic, aside from the shutter, a few screws and springs, even the lens is plastic! people misunderstand me caring around my cameras, they think im just some weird kid with a toy camera, more likely to spray water in your face than take a picture.
Click! Flash! “DUDE what was that?!” “i just took your picture.”“…with that thing?” “Yes sir!”
I live by the Ten Golden Rules of Lomography. first, i’ll explain what the hell Lomography is! lomography, devoloped in russia, began with the simple “Lomo LC-A”. a small, compact camera that takes pictures with vivd saturated colours. Lomography was discoverd by students on a trip to russia in the 90s and they found this little camera and loved the pictures around the world! Lomography has since expanded world wide with shops all of their own. They also adopped a few cameras like the Diana F+ (the Holgas big sister) and the Holga.
Now for the Ten Golden Rules.
1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
2. Use it any time – day or night.
3. Lomography isn’t an interfearance in your life, but a part of it.
4. Try the shot from the hip.
5. Approach your objects of lomographic desire as close as possible.
6. Don’t think (William Firebrace).
7. Be fast.
8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you want to capture on film.
9. Afterwards either.
10. Don’t follow any rules.
(Personally, i like 10 the best)
These rules were put into place for Lomographers probably because of being misunderstood, so just throw out the rules you know and also throw out the care of what people think of you, the best pictures are of the unplanned, unorganized pictures of people you don’t know.
Being misunderstood is no fun so i try to make people understand the things about Lomography and my style of pictures. The kind of pictures i take are imperfect and abstract, they aren’t your normal family portrait pictures. they are square images with light leeks and vingetting. plastic photography is my hobby and my camera takes are not fake, they take real pictures.
written by ghost on 2010-11-20