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.
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.
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 on 2010-12-01