We all have our favorite photos. I have my favorites taken by other lomographers, and also, have favorites of my own photos. This article is about my favorite photo that I have taken.
When I first purched a Diana camera several years ago, I went months without ever trying it or using it. I don’t have much of a photography background, so I didn’t necessarily understand all of the settings. Needless to say, my first test roll was an utter disaster. And not even in that cool, naturally flawed, Diana-esque kind of way.
I eventually took a one day workshop that tought me how to use the Diana properly. It really opened my eyes. I immdiately purchased the instant-back adapter to test out the techniques I learned. I started off by using the instant-back as a test method, and then when I would get a cool result, I would re-shoot it on medium format.
The instant photo that led to the creation of my favorite photo is this one:
You will recognize this as my avatar image. It is a double exposure of a tree (the base) and an image of the late and tragic Marilyn Monroe. The interesting thing about this image is that the photo of Marilyn that I shot was in black and white, but somehow, her face is flesh-toned, her hair looks blonde, and her lips look red. I am not sure how that happened, but I consider it a sort of Lomo-Miracle.
After being blown away by how this instant photo turned out, I shot this this photo – which still remains my favorite.
It was this photo that sparked my obsession with lomography. It is now buried deep in one of my earliest albums. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
Some of my other Marilyn inspired lomographs are: