New to Lomography, Not New To Film


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. <3

written by gothcupcake on 2012-06-16


  1. dragontw
    dragontw ·

    I would recommend that you try to shoot with 400 ISO black and white 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.

  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.

  3. gothcupcake
    gothcupcake ·

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

  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: