This is the story of how me and Lomo became best pals.
When I read the competition where we had to write how we discovered/got into/became addicted etc to lomography I came onto the blog straight away and was eager to take part. Then I quickly realised I had absolutely nothing to say. Like I literally don’t know how all of this happened. I can only liken it to when I have had a drink (or should I say multiple drinks) on a night out and I wake up with false eyelashes glued to my knees, some questionable kebab meat by my bed and some horrific text messages in my outbox. The parts where I removed the eyelashes/ate the kebab/sent the texts have disappeared from my memory completely and all I have left is the hangover. Not that a hangover is a negative experience for me however, no no no – I rather enjoy it. And that is how Lomography is for me, like a hangover which has built up over the last 2 years. I can definitely remember that in January 2009 I had never heard of this movement and certainly had never been on this website but I saw a Diana F+ in a shop and knew that I needed to have it. I purchased it shortly afterwards and took a few B&W snaps in the garden with my fiance.
Afterwards, although I was thrilled with the 10 successful snaps I had found the experience quite pricey (about £1.20 per photo, maybe more) and the camera hard to understand. I went on a trip to London and my fiance had bought himself an old Halina 35mm camera and I took my old faithful digital compact. I didn’t use the Diana at all. We ended up a protest march in central London which was a wonderful experience which I took all digitally. When my fiance got his Halina photos developed I knew I had made a mistake and had to give this lomography business another try.
That experience was April 2009. I am unsure what happened between then and now, hence the hangover. Over these 18 months I have collected several cameras, had a blast taking photos and become an active member of the lomography community but the bit in between is still a complete blur. I can remember going to Jersey in July 2009 and not doing a great deal of lomography (and I wasn’t even registered on this website), to going to Berlin in March 2010 and doing loads of lomography (even calling in at the gallery store to purchase a Diana Mini with flash package – a purchase which I have never regretted).
Those 8 months or so in between the 2 holidays however are a complete blur of choosing films/developing/buying more equipment/learning how to operate it and so on. I can only liken it to being drunk and trying to remove my eyelashes, eat a kebab and send some text messages.
Even me and the Diana F+ are now best pals. . . . .