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Your Lomo Journey Starts here, Mr Gnarlyleech

Everyone has a story, a starting point, a step 1, a beginning. This is mine.

One of my first and most popular Lomographs taken with my Argus A2F.

November 2008 I got my first iPhone. One of the top picture apps at the time was “Camera Bag”. It allowed you to apply many filters to your pictures and included some lomo and holga type filters. This was my step one into the “lomo” look. Although digital Lomo pictures are frowned upon here and now I understand why, this is were my journey begins.

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Flash forward 365 days. The Hipstamatic app comes out for the iPhone. I buy it and I am hooked to the hipsta “look” that I get from my pictures (Again this is highly frowned upon by many people here but this is my story). I learned that this hipstamatic “look” was stolen from a form of film photography. Although I grew up with film photography and polaroids, by the time I was old enough to buy my own camera, digital cameras were everywhere. Around the month of February 2010 I started to research holga’s and found out about the Lomo LC-A. I discovered the Lomography website and wanted to take part in this amazing community. I didn’t have a lot of money so I got the cheapest film camera I could get. I bought an Argus A2F on ebay for $10.

Photo by gnarlyleech

My first camera was the Argus A2F, then the Argus C3, my dad’s old Pentax ME super, diana mini, fisheye 2. Then I found a steal, a broken Lomo LC-A on ebay for $30. It took really good pictures at night, but on bright days the pictures were very underexposed due to the “sticking shutter syndrome”. I couldn’t afford an new LC-A+ at the time so I sold the LC-A and bought an Olympus XA2 for $15 on eBay. This XA2 was my main camera for a long time. It fits in a pocket easily so I took it everywhere. It is a great camera, but I longed for the vignette and tunnel vision that my late great LC-A gave me, so I devised a plan.

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Articles! Articles! Articles!!! I wrote and translated as many articles as I could. I won the Harry Hairy third place competition and I talked Lomography guys into giving me piggies instead of the fisheye camera prize. It took a lot of hard work and many late nights but on November 19, 2010; (drum roll please……………. . . . . . .) I bought a Lomo LC-A+. YYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!

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My first roll of film in the LC-A+ came out amazing. It was everything I dreamed it would be. Amazing pictures. I feel like I am really in the Lomography club now. Before I was just that dude who didn’t have an LC-A+.Now I am on the roster. I am not a bench warmer anymore, I am on the field, playing the game every inning. I’m in for the long haul. Hitting home runs.

Photo by gnarlyleech

Although my photographic journey began 2 years ago, I feel like my lomographic adventure has just begun. So with my Lomo LC-A+ in hand, I will continue down the road to my destination, where ever the path takes me………

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Thanks for stopping by :D

written by gnarlyleech

64 comments

  1. socialdeath

    nice story! great beginning! congrats on your Lc-a! i had the XA2 before too! great photos!
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  2. ipdegirl

    ipdegirl

    the XA2 is such a great little camera. cool article!

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  3. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    wonderful! glad your hardwork paid off.

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  4. mochilis

    mochilis

    Good story!!!!

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  5. mightymouse

    mightymouse

    Man. I would have so bought that sick Lc-A from you

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  6. vicuna

    vicuna

    Cool story!! :)

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  7. erinwoodgatesphotography

    erinwoodgatesphotography

    its great to see someone work towards something and achieve it :) great editing with where you put the photos! Just remember its not what you have in your hands its what you have in your head and your heart :)

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  8. javihacefotos

    javihacefotos

    VERY GOOD HISTORY!

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  9. spoeker

    spoeker

    LC-A love :)
    and hey I'm still using hipstamatic and I'm also using my digital SLR for concert photography...
    I'm both - analogue and digital but the anologue side is way bigger ;)

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  10. lomoteddy

    lomoteddy

    hahha awesome ! definitely not a bench warmer. :) !!

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  11. rav_bunneh

    rav_bunneh

    :O

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  12. hotdustyroads

    hotdustyroads

    huh

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  13. idigtulsa

    idigtulsa

    That was quite a journey my friend... I'm glad you finally made it to where you are now, I wish you luck on getting where you will be later.

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  14. beths

    beths

    Nice story! I understand how people don't like digital on here but in my opinion its more because of the perfectness of the shots- i love how the iphone camera apps make it look NOT digital.
    You are extremely lucky to have both an Iphone AND LCA... i'll keep on dreaming :P

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  15. ministryofvanilla

    ministryofvanilla

    great and honest story =) i know digitally edited lomo pictures are frowned upon but a start is always a start plus, it's always the effect of the pictures and the colors that first captivated us, right i am so saluting you right now for having that amount of hard work and passion my story is only halfway compared to yours - the benchwarmer thing (because i have this syndrome called 'lazy' and 'complacent' =P) hope by reading this i can somehow inspired to push myself congratulations on finding a beginning in an end
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  16. gnarlyleech

    gnarlyleech

    Thanks for all the nice comments everyone. Much appreciated

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  17. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    Hi, this is a nice and honest true story and I ma so touched by your efforts to work so hard for your dream LC-a. Go further dude, and I wish you all the best and enjoy yourevery lomoday. By the way, I love your Photos a lot. <:))

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  18. theys

    theys

    Very good history,bravo!

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  19. plasticpopsicle

    plasticpopsicle

    Congratulations on your LC-A! I now feel like making huge efforts too to get some piggies for an LC-A!

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  20. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    That was fun!

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  21. angels_lomo

    angels_lomo

    nice story, awesome photos

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  22. sarahboat

    sarahboat

    Have fun on your lomo path!

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  23. warning

    warning

    :D

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  24. fruchtzwerg_hh

    fruchtzwerg_hh

    Wonderful story. Looking forward to see more of your beautiful LC-A pics!

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  25. isaacfl

    isaacfl

    and everything started with an i phone, an other great achievement for apple computers :D keep the story going
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  26. trashpilotin

    trashpilotin

    have fun with your lc-a+, mine arrived yesterday so i understand your excitement :) btw: i really like the hipstamatic app but unfortunatly i can't afford an iphone :(

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  27. wildirismeadow

    wildirismeadow

    really great article! makes me want an LC-A even more.

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  28. eatcpcks

    eatcpcks

    your story is a great one... not so far from mine in some kind of way! that's cool:)

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  29. lihooi

    lihooi

    the first picture is awesome!!!

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  30. kevinlj182

    kevinlj182

    Score Gnarly! Great story, I'm happy to see that you persevered over the adversity.

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  31. jeabzz

    jeabzz

    yeah, you've got lot of great shot , nice story :D

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  32. lupo

    lupo

    Happy end !! love it... and greatest shoots too :D Lom'on babe !!

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  33. carleightea

    carleightea

    wowza. nice story. i'm still in my beginning stage so it's cool to see something like this happen.
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  34. i_am_four-eyes

    i_am_four-eyes

    yeah! well-written article and story... nice shots ! Lomo On : )

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  35. naqi

    naqi

    congrats on your lca+!! I hope I can get one too =)

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  36. lo-fi-laydee

    lo-fi-laydee

    nice :D
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  37. dyluzo

    dyluzo

    very nice !

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  38. yochan

    yochan

    Great story

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  39. stouf

    stouf

    Good job mate !

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  40. gebunnag

    Very nice story !!
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  41. kneehigh85

    kneehigh85

    This has made me want an LC-A even more now!

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  42. atreyuthechild

    atreyuthechild

    cheers for rubbing it in that I don't have an LCA.... but I do love my Diana so all is forgiven ;)
    that first photo is awesome too so I don't know why you felt excluded before.

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  43. jimmyhido

    jimmyhido

    wa~wa~

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  44. coca

    coca

    LC-A is the best!!!! nice article and great pictures :)

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  45. born-to-ruin

    born-to-ruin

    Nice story dude!

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  46. phaliyp

    phaliyp

    love your blog!!! ^^

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  47. nicebim

    nicebim

    nice one bro!
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  48. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    Nuts; I loved your story!

    You make me want the LC-A+ even more now :((((

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  49. lakandula

    lakandula

    Looking forward to more and more beautiful lomographs! Keep the lomo passion burning!

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  50. homer

    homer

    I'm like you, seeking that day when I can get an LC-A.Good Story.

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  51. gelagoo

    gelagoo

    Nice one! I do have a story to tell as well! http://www.lomograph(…)-my-history

    Thanks for dropping by earlier and letting me know about your story.

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  52. neurodiaz

    neurodiaz

    Great story bro, :D. Lovely shots.

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  53. cptsalek

    cptsalek

    Great pics, great story! :)

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  54. dhuffone

    dhuffone

    Cool story! Now... can I borrow your LC-A? :-)

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  55. antea

    antea

    Ohhhh!!! The lomo and holga type filters are awesome!!
    Very nice story and very beautiful photos!! congratulations! ^_^

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  56. antea

    antea

    Ohhhh!!! The lomo and holga type filters are awesome!!
    Very nice story and very beautiful photos!! congratulations! ^_^

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  57. antea

    antea

    Ohhhh!!! The lomo and holga type filters are awesome!!
    Very nice story and very beautiful photos!! congratulations! ^_^

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  58. antea

    antea

    Sorry! I have a trouble with my comments :(

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  59. holydarkyfied

    holydarkyfied

    Nice article :)

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  60. mrmonsta

    mrmonsta

    Good article and a nice story!

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  61. freezedudul

    freezedudul

    awesome story!! :D

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  62. freckleface

    freckleface

    Good on ya ;) love your pics too

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  63. yuan15

    yuan15

    good photographs! I like it
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  64. bonetpunya

    bonetpunya

    u r great!!

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