About a year ago, I remember seeing a Facebook post about, and I thought, “What the hell, what is this anyway?” So I clicked it, and holy cow…..I was slapped in the face by color, brightness, multiple exposures and beauty.

I swear I was on the site for about an hour, clicking away at all the pictures and ways to make-over your camera. But I remember wondering, with a sinking feeling, when I would ever have the money to buy one of these amazing things….

After that, I think i gave up on Lomo, and decided to keep on with my digital Canon Power Shot.
Months went by before I even thought about analogue again. My friend had received a Diana Mini from her dad (who’s in prison for being in the Italian mafia…..) and it jogged my memory. I remember being insanely jealous and wanted one for my own. I wanted one SO BAD.

But then, the daunting thought came back: the money problem. For some reason, I had never thought to ask my parents for one. Maybe it was because I thought they wouldn’t get me one? I dunno….but I told numerous people how much I wanted an analogue camera. I had wanted the newest Canon Rebel at the time, and I really wasn’t thinking about much else.

More time went by, and Lomography was slipping from my mind again. At the end of the school year, one of my friends told me he was going to Japan for his grad present, I thought nothing of it.
A week later, I got a picture message from him saying, “Hey Nat, guess what I got for you?”
With a picture of a HOLGA 120 CFN, I WENT BEZERK. I. Was. Flipping. Out.

He gave it to me a few days later, and man, I was off. I left my digital on the desk and ran around; click, click, click. I was finished with the roll in a jiffy, and I sent it off to the Fuji Lab for processing (since no one on Hawaii developed 120 that was close to where I live.)
One week went by, still no word.
Two weeks, oh man agony….
Three weeks, RING Hi, is this Natalie? Your photos are back from the lab.
I was so happy with the results of my first roll, I love my Holga so much <3

Credits: natalieerachel

I think about my camera, and lomography almost all the time now. I think about the next type of film I wanna buy, black and white, color, I think about the processing of my photos, I think about new frames to put them in. I daydream during school…but you know what? It’s great, it’s one of the best things to be thinking about.

I don’t want the new Canon Rebel anymore, I want the Diana Mini; my next partner in crime.

Credits: natalieerachel

written by natalieerachel on 2010-12-02


  1. marant69
    marant69 ·

    You have dangerous friends ;-) and dangerous future intentions;-)

  2. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    How sweet of your friend! If youget the Diana Mini will you be able to get film processed easier? You could still get a Canon Rebel... but a film one! You can be quite creative with them too, you can do bulb and multiple exposures!

  3. sergio_m
    sergio_m ·

    I love both Analog and Digital world, so analog EOS is way to go, tho it looks kinda weird when i put 17-40L lens on EOS 600, but pure wide angle rocks

  4. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Marant69: Oh yes I do! I can't wait for my Diana Mini!!!

    Nicolas_noir: Reallly?? I actually had no idea that there were film Canon Rebels. Their expensive though, I don't have the $$$ and I don't think I'd be able to get it anyway....

    Sergio_m: I have my film Canon EOS <3 I don't have many lenses to use though, and it automatically advances, so no multiple exposures for me :(

  5. erinwoodgatesphotography
    erinwoodgatesphotography ·

    that was great of your friend! awesome shots!

  6. atreyuthechild
    atreyuthechild ·

    haha you seem so unphased by the mafia thing... a great story of how you finally got into analogue. I was less aware of analogue before I got my camera. That final shot with the yoga/clouds is beautiful.

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  7. werriston
    werriston ·

    I love this entry :)

  8. lyndxe
    lyndxe ·

    i love your story! beautiful photos :)