My first best lomograph and a tribute to Japan.
It was the summer of 2008 when my friends and I head out to the beach, to enjoy that last few days of April; before rain starts pouring on a daily basis. I was quite new to Lomography then; and half the time I did not know what I was doing. Some of the photos I have taken so far has come out decently enough for them to be worth uploading, but none of them truly takes my breath away as much as those I have seen from other. Anyway, I was still enjoying myself with my new hobby, and so I brought cameras whenever I went out. On this particular occasion, I had with me a Vivitar UWS. At that time, I really wasn’t familiar with what this camera can do. It was loaded with a relatively unknown slide film as well. Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting much.
On the beach, I saw a Japanese family enjoying themselves with the sun and the waves. A little girl in a bright red top, holding on to her sandwich caught my attention. I wanted to take a photo of her, but knowing that she was with her parents, I knew that I had to ask for permission first. The Filipino that I am of course did not know any Japanese except perhaps for sayonara, or moshi moshi san! As soon as her mother looked my way, I beamed a smile at her and with a subtle gesture of raising my camera, I got her approval! I only to one shot, as I did not want to be too imposing, nor did I want to make the girl feel more awkward that she already was.
I did not give much thought about how the portrait would turn out. Weeks later, I had the film developed, and when I saw the scans, I knew I struck gold! The slide film I used (Photo Prost) turned out to be one of the best out there! It was a great set, but this photo stands head above shoulders of the rest! The vignette is crazy! The saturated hues of blue, red, and yellow brought such a delicious contrast!
It seem as well that I am not the only who think that this photo is outstanding. I posted this photo on the Flickr Vivitar UWS group, and it was considered one of the best photos for the month of April 2008.
To this day, this photo remains to be one of my favorites! I hope you like it too!
PS: I hope that this girl and her family is safe.