I don't like rules. I don't play too well with the seriousness of photography. I actually like to have fun. My friend told me photographing weddings is where the money is. I tried it...and I didn't like it. I got so caught up in making the picture "perfect" only to make the picture that much worse.
Taking my friend’s engagement photos is a whole lot different than just going with the flow. My two best friends who wanted me to do a couples shoot for them wasn’t anything serious and the photos came out perfect! I felt free in taking shots in every possible angle; going where no wedding or engagement photographer would go. I would lay down on the ground, crouch, bend over backwards, and jump for that perfectly insane shot.
Short story about myself, I graduated high school with a 3.0 GPA and set out to become a nurse at the university. Two years and $10,000 in scholarship funds later, that didn’t quite turn out how I thought it would. My parents don’t think photography is “real career,” so I took up medical laboratory technology as an easy way out. Having graduated with an Associate degree in Science, I still don’t have a passion for the medical field as I do with cameras and photography. This world is so beautiful and my only wish is that people would see what I see. That’s the main reason why my first camera was the Fisheye 2 (White Knight edition). If you could just step back, jump up….maybe do a backflip and see the world at a different angle and cherish it’s beauty and wonders, maybe you’d appreciate it more than to take advantage of it, try to make it your own, and trash it with your pollution.
Sometimes I question if I’m more interested in the photos each camera takes or the camera design itself. My friends who see me with a different camera each week ask me, “Why film?” There’s just something about vintage and analogue film that I simply can’t explain. It’s the camera. It’s the film. It’s the moment of capturing the perfect portrait and it’s the expectation and excitement of the mystery of how the image will turn out. It’s at that moment I’m truly myself. I can freely be me. I’m spontaneously random. I’m passionate. I’m original. And so is the Lomo LC-A. It’s what started it all — Lomography. A society of people who are just as original and passionate about their love for cameras and photography as I am. I kept buying camera after camera but each one couldn’t satisfy my hunger. The Konica C35 EF is close but no cigar. The point and shoot cameras had no range and their photo results were even more so. I’d do anything for the original Lomo LC-A+ but sadly my budget is not ready for that camera. Ironically, the price of all my cameras combined plus the cost of process and developing could buy me three LC-As (or two LC-Ws hint hint), but I was impatient and just had to have the others. Still, nothing compared to the Lomo LC-A+. If I had that camera I would become a photographic beast taking the camera everywhere I go. I already do that, but with the LC-A+ it’s way better. Knowing I have an LC-A+, I would show everyone how beautifully imperfect our world is.