If you are a Lomographer, searching up "why do people hate Lomography" on Google can give you the worse nightmares consistently for up to a month.
…they scare the living daylights out of me. (Partly because I’m doing Lomography as my Final Year Project, which is really big and serious assignment.) Some points they argue are actually quite legitimate. I can sum up that most of the arguments go along these lines (or a combination of them):
“I don’t get why people go crazy over Lomography??? It’s just some (hipster) fad.”
“I hate Lomography for ripping people off by selling some cheap plastic cameras at an exorbitant prices”
“I don’t believe the Holga/Diana/ [insert plastic camera name here] can take any decent pictures, those posted on the internet (flickr, etc..) are either digitally manipulated or were taken using ‘proper’ cameras”
I found these arguments taking stage mostly on Flickr Discussion Groups, some on photography forums, and a few are rantings from blogs.
Reading their comments about Lomography gives me another perspective on Lomography ( I just want to be rational and subjective)—yes, there are better modes of photography today—digital photography, instant-sharing-on-social-media like Instagram and the like, digital manipulations (Photoshop, Corel, Pxlr-O-Matic…) but on the other hand, they really woke me up.
I’m now seriously doubting whether I’ve made the right move of getting involved in Lomography.
Have I fallen victim to Lomography’s marketing schemes?
Have I been pulled into some ‘fad’ that will soon fade away, unlike the other more enduring art forms such as…digital photography??
Have I been living in this deep dream, only to wake up and find I’m deserted, lost and exhausted?
About price tags, yes, the Diana and the films burnt quite a big hole in my ceramic pig. The enjoyment? Priceless. But is it all worth it? The money, time and mental energy spent on all these?
Time is running out for me. I need to find answers.
-a very distressed Pearly.
p/s I was already well-versed with digital photography before I decided to do Lomography. so those arguments about "N00bs dabble in Lomography just because they want to start taking up photography and at the same time make their first few photos look ‘artsy’ " doesn’t apply to me.