NZ, Isle of Arran, trip to the Lomography Headquarters and meeting a boy outside fopp.
It was 1999 and I’d just spent 6 weeks in New Zealand on a trip to see my aunt, uncle and cousins who moved out there 5 years previously. I was 18 so naturally I spent most of my time at parties and out shopping. For the return trip I bought a bunch of NZ magazines to read. I think one was called Pavement and it had an interesting article about the LC-A with one of the spreads showing a lomowall. I liked the idea of taking pictures of your everyday surroundings and the rules – especially the ’don’t think’ rule – were appealing.
It was the summer between college and art school, 2002, and I was living and working on the isle of Arran at Brodick Castle. The job was good, it paid OK and the rent was free, I finally could buy an LC-A. I also bought a Holga (the one before the flash was incorporated). When they both arrived and I paid the delivery man cash at the door (this was an option back then as debit cards were not) my dad was keen to see what I had bought and why I had paid cash in hand!! I opened the box and took the Holga out and he thought I had been robbed, that I had paid £95 for a ‘cheap plastic camera’ – silly dad! Underneath the Holga was my LC-A, it was such a great feeling to finally have one and it smelled so good too!
At the end of second year I applied for the travel award fund, my proposal was to visit the lomography headquarters for 1 week and learn more about lomography and the people behind it. Then I would return and share all I had learned with my classmates. I won the award and flew out. However all did not go to plan as the girl I was corresponding with had left and not told anyone I was coming! I was of course welcome at the headquarters but only stayed for a few days as most of the staff were in Berlin for a book fayre. The people I met and the time I spent there was amazing.
I joined lomohomes in 2000 or 2001, somehow I had two homes, which I both used. On one I was more experimental. It must have been 2003 when I found his lomohome. I was living in Carlisle and in my first year at art school. As I had previously lived in Glasgow I was browsing the handfull of homes registered there. One of the photos he had taken was of 2 policemen (or a man and woman) walking up a hill. I sent him a message telling him it was a nice photo and I knew where he took it. We became friends and chatted now and then. After art school I moved back to Scotland and travelled to Glasgow for work. We began chatting more frequently until we met in August 2005. We started going out in April 2007 and are now in love.
Lomography will always be a part of my life and without it my life wouldn’t be what it is now.