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Lomography & Me - The beginning

How I fell in love with Lomography

It was the summer of 2007. Lisbon. Portugal. I’d gone to visit my older sister who teaches English to Portuguese students. It was the first time I’d caught a plane on my own so it was a little daunting but my sister met me at the airport and we took a taxi back to her apartment in Bairo Alto.

Wow, what an amazing place! I’d never been anywhere like it, hustle, bustle, street sellers, tiny boutique shops and hundreds of bars and restaurants all set in tiny streets. It was such a great atmosphere.

Photo by squamy

After a short walk we reached my sisters apartment, dropped of my suitcase, had a cuppa and set off for a wander around the area.

A few doors down from her apartment was a little shop called ‘Lomography’ full of brightly coloured photographs and colourful goodies. I went in for a wander and was truly amazed by all the cool looking cameras and amazing photos on display. Then I saw it.. A luminous blue supersampler. I needed it. It was one of lifes little necessities and as soon as I saw the pictures it produced I purchased it and snapped away happily for the rest of the week.

Photo by squamy

I have to admit that then I returned home, packed my supersampler away, went back to work and sort of forgot about that lovely little camera and the shop I’d visited. It wasn’t until my friend gave me her old Fisheye No.1 to use early this year that I truely discovered Lomography for the wonderful global and on-line community that is it.

Up until this year I thought I had visited a small boutique shop in Lisbon, a one off store, I didn’t realise that Lomography had such a global presence a so many amazing things to offer. Since I found Lomography.com I am well and truly hooked. I’ve dusted off my supersampler and I’ve given it some friends, my beloved Diana Mini, Trip 35, Fisheye No.1, Holga 135 and soon, once I’ve saved, there’ll be an LC-A in the family too.

written by squamy

45 comments

  1. eatcpcks

    eatcpcks

    Nice story! I really need to write my own soon!

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  2. marant69

    marant69

    Beautiful story. Great gallery!

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  3. squamy

    squamy

    Thanks guys and thanks for checking it out!

    @eatpcks Let me know when you do! :D

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  4. stouf

    stouf

    Lovely !

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  5. vanc180sx

    vanc180sx

    awesome !

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  6. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    wonderful, amy. i should write my own story too. oh i'm also saving up for an l-ca. hoping to get it soon.

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  7. vicuna

    vicuna

    lovely story! :)

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  8. hotdustyroads

    hotdustyroads

    beautiful pictures & good story! I LOVE my holga 135 and use it daily. I just put a new album up if you're interested!

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  9. weedos

    weedos

    Great story!! I think it's about time I wrote one as well :-)

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  10. ministryofvanilla

    ministryofvanilla

    this is so sweet... you're making me remember my first time as well. it's really like falling in love rite.
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  11. squamy

    squamy

    Thanks everyone!

    @antibiotyx @weedos Yes definietly write one too :) Let me know when you do
    @hotdustyroads I love my Holga 135 too, will check your album out

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  12. illusio

    illusio

    Excellent article, and what a sweet thing to do, to give your first lomo camera to your friends. Lovely pics hun.

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  13. azzzy

    azzzy

    Ive missed my supersampler too! my first 35mm camera. im going to go shoot with it next week once my exams are over! nice article.

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  14. discodrew

    discodrew

    Great story. Really liked the supersampler pictures. That camera really makes you think about how to capture movement but you've done it in a really appealing way.

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  15. gnarlyleech

    gnarlyleech

    Wow. really cool story.

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  16. squamy

    squamy

    Thanks guys! :)

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  17. calvin_hardy

    calvin_hardy

    wow, very cool XD Great Jobs :D I Love it...
    u make me wanna write my own :)

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  18. kylewis

    kylewis

    My first was also a supersampler but it was yellow! lovely!

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  19. panelomo

    panelomo

    sweeeeeeeeeeet!

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  20. yochan

    yochan

    Hi, nice story and nice presentation. good work for the photos ^^ ;)
    Ahh, i must begin a blog : D

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  21. stipley

    stipley

    Awesome! Really cool little story and love the pics, especially the beach where the water is getting closer and closer. Super cool :)

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  22. mariefisen

    mariefisen

    Great story! I'm glad your friend gave you her fisheye and made you start shooting again - your photos are amazing :)

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  23. zz

    zz

    Good story & great photos~~ impressive~~

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  24. timothk

    timothk

    This was such a fun and lovable read <3 !

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  25. alltimebee

    alltimebee

    supersampler was my first lomo camera too! great story :)
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  26. lenfranpsycho

    lenfranpsycho

    Lovely story and pictures too! :)

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  27. squamy

    squamy

    Thanks to all of you for the likes and the lovely comments! :)

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  28. reflex

    reflex

    Great images! Lisbon seems to be a nice place :)

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  29. susielomovitz

    susielomovitz

    I love Barrio Alto! nice story!

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  30. illy

    illy

    Supersampler also was my first lomo camera and the reason I fell in love with lomography... :)

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  31. salvacasablancas

    salvacasablancas

    Lisbon is great! Fantastic Pictures!

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  32. neurodiaz

    neurodiaz

    Nice story. :)

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  33. atreyuthechild

    atreyuthechild

    A close shave, you almost missed never got into Lomography at all. Thse first pictures are great too, it would have been a real shame.

    Please check out my blog: http://www.lomograph(…)e-addiction

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  34. squamy

    squamy

    Thanks so much for all the comments and likes guys :)

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  35. kuryzu

    kuryzu

    Touchy... it gives me an idea to write mine's.

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  36. ghost

    ghost

    awesomeness! amazing pictures too.

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  37. idigtulsa

    idigtulsa

    Very cool story, even cooler pictures!!

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  38. naqi

    naqi

    great story indeed

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  39. drlaporksha

    drlaporksha

    very nice... Its really cool, how nobody really finds lomography, it finds you!

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  40. blormore

    blormore

    wonderful story, and also a nice reminder of how cool the supersampler can be. :)

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  41. nea

    nea

    nice one!

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  42. bulletofmine

    bulletofmine

    love your story!

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  43. goseki

    goseki

    colourful toys and cool gadgets,.. they get my attention too

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  44. branco

    branco

    Cool story! Nice shots! Keep shooting!
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  45. catherinejcruz

    catherinejcruz

    Hey there, found you through blormore's blog. It's so awesome that you found lomography in Lisbon, Portugal! My husband, our friend and I went there this past October to see Lady Gaga. But upon a bit of research and word of mouth from the awesome people there, we knew we had to check out Bairro Alto! We went at night and the scene was just so alive! We ended up in this really tiny bar but with the BIGGEST spirit! Live music and just very welcoming.. The guitarist would cover songs both popular and cultural from all over the world...especially when they walked in from a different country (like we did!). Anyway, I really wished we had more time there...and now that I know they have a lomography store there?! It's in our definite near future! I just told my husband and he's excited to go back as well. Thanks for this! Your shots of Bairro Alto brings back memories!

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