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New to Lomography, Not New To Film

Embarking into Lomography to get back in touch with myself and all those years of "wasting" film. Trying new things and already becoming obsessed!

I fell in love with a Holga camera while out shopping with a friend. I decided I didn’t have enough money on me at the time to purchase it and then for weeks afterwards, regretted not having bought it. I started scouring websites, classifieds, eBay searching for the Holga I had left behind. One day I found it on eBay—from a seller in the same state as me and in the same area as the store where I had almost purchased mine! It was the only one of it’s hue (a mix of baby blue and teal) in the store and so I thought maybe it was fate—maybe it was the very same camera I had held in the store. I placed a bid and won her. Slightly used with a few minor scrapes, but still in wonderful shape, she arrived in the mail and I was in love. For Christmas I received a filter holder, color filters and a flash for my Holga 135. I took her on my first trip to Wilcox, AZ and on walks around my neighborhood and on my way to work the day I missed the bus.

Next, I discovered Diana. I had heard and read about the Diana camera, but admittedly didn’t know much about her. A friend mentioned after much pining after a Diana that she did not end up purchasing one. I went on-online and ordered her a Diana+ and was impressed with all of her capabilities, functionality, dreamy images, pinhole feature and 120 film format. I bought one for my friend and then did research to find the perfect Diana for myself! I then decided on the Diana F+ clone, Mr. Pink. Quirky, bright, and tons of fun Diana arrived just last week. I sunk my teeth into the hardcover soft navy bound book that arrived with Diana and the Lomography world itself. It was as if the book was written just for me! I picked up a few packs of Lomography black and white 100 negative film and shot my first roll this week. I can’t wait to send it out to be developed. I know I made some “mistakes” on the first roll, that first roll is always the most interesting.

I sent off a few rolls of Vivitar black and white 100 35mm film from my Holga to be developed today. One of the rolls contains photos from a friends’ engagement photos session involving a motorcycle and an apocalyptic theme. I’m excited to see how those turned out.

I also placed a bid on a vintage Diana on eBay to play with, I hope I win it.

written by gothcupcake

4 comments

  1. dragontw

    dragontw

    I would recommend that you try to shoot with 400 ISO black and white film...it suits the Holga and Diana better. You can learn how to process b/w film yourself. It is very easy to do and you will save a ton of money.

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  2. gothcupcake

    gothcupcake

    Thanks for the tip! If I had a place to process the film myself I would! We live in a small one bedroom apartment, but I may look into taking photography classes to have access to a dark room.

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  3. gothcupcake

    gothcupcake

    If you have any tips for developing from home, I would love to try :)

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  4. dragontw

    dragontw

    I live in a tiny apartment in Taipei, Taiwan. You don't need a darkroom to develop your b/w film. I do mine in the bathroom. You need a film darkbag, a Patterson daylight developing tank and some chemicals like Ilford LC29 or Kodak HC110. It's going to be pretty much a one time investment and you golden after that. It takes under 20 minutes to develop a roll. Everything to get you started: http://www.ilfordpho(…)3442455.pdf

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