My introduction to Lomography happened very quickly and, sure enough, my life is now very different.
Bored in work one day I browsed through some Photoshop design ideas and stumbled across a poster with a Diana camera on it. My work colleague explained to me her Holga fueled passion and the word ‘lomography’ was etched into my brain.
As if by some sort of wonderful coincidence my local camera shop, where I once drooled over Canon and Nikon DSLRs, had in its window a beautiful camera sat in her square box, the object of my new love affair, a Diana F+ with a nice price tag.
However, I was very broke at the time, even worse than student broke, so I had to wait until pay-day came around and as luck would have it Diana still sat in the window waiting for me.
I wasn’t sure what was going to happen really. My life had been largely digital up to that point, despite the cameras I had when I was a child.
Loading the camera was exciting, setting the aperture and using manual focus was even more exciting and what would become of this plastic lens?
I did my best to lose my habits in photography and trusted that anythingm anytime was worth snapping and when I got my fist roll of 120 film back I was stunned that these were photos I had created. Created without the use of post-processing.
My arsenal of analogue cameras has grown, I now onto my second Lomo Smena 8M, after wearing the first one out, an action sampler, 2 Zenit and 1 Canon SLR and an Agfa Billy Record.
I can’t even walk to the shop, now, without one of these close friends at hand.