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That's the story of how I discovered lomography and my very first roll with Holga....

Photo by vicuna

Back in summer 2004, I was surfing on the internet when I discovered a site making a review about the book “Mes Vacances avec Holga” (My Holidays with Holga) by Fréderic Lebain and I the pictures I saw …. Waow, I was breathless, and wondered what kind of camera could produce such images… I discovered that these amazing shots were made with this cheap plastic camera named “Holga” (and realized that “Holga” wasn’t the girlfriend of F. Lebain he spent his holidays with…).

I was into a photographic activity for over 8 years at this time (but I only used my old Olympus OM20, a great classic camera as well), but found it a bit boring to have always the same kind of pictures, I thought that this little toy camera could bring me something new and different in my photographic passion. So I bought one as quick as possible !

Well, when I received it I was really happy and showed everybody around me my new toy: some laughed at me saying that it wasn’t “serious” photography, but other found that really funny and interesting. And then came the first opportunity to use it: my brother’s wedding! A wedding is always a geat opportunity to take pictures and all the people are taking pictures…. but only with the standardized digital cameras! I was the only one with this big piece of plastic and taking pictures with 120 film! :))

And I made a mistake with the views counter: I selected the wrong number (16 instead of 12….) and made my first “Holgarama” without knowing it! I was a bit surprised when the film was developped, and even disappointed, because I imagined an other result, but then I looked closely to the shots and found this overlapping effect really great!

But of course, that didn’t stop me and I shot a lot of other rolls with Holga to improve myself in the lomographic art… and I was quickly addicted to it.

2 Years later, in 2006, I met the lomo-ambassador from Nice, jazzgohan (http://www.lomography.com/homes/jazzgohan) who introduced me to the lomographic website and to the fantastic world of new cameras! I opened my lomohome and my lomo-addiction became worse, as I bought a lot of new cameras….

But something more important happened to me in 2006. In the same summer where my lomo-addiction was becoming strong, I also met a girl, “THE” girl I was waiting for… you know her well, as she’s my favorite photographic model, we live a happy life together and she is simply the love of my life… I love you Kathi

written by vicuna


  1. somapic


    fortunate coincidences all the way :) lovely!

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  2. disdis


    and since then you are a master!

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  3. vicuna


    @somapic @disdis: thanks a lot guys! :))

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  4. kdstevens


    Nice story! I met Diana through a photographer from New Zealand.

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  5. clickiemcpete


    That's a great story and your girlfriend is a lovely model. :)

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  6. gnarlyleech


    Very nice story dude.

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  7. rav_bunneh


    Yup I saw this!

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  8. herbert-4


    Wonderful story!! I started Lomography with a FED 5. I was looking for a cheap rangefinder, and Lomography was selling it with a guarantee. Scratched a couple pair of glasses with the viewfinder focus ring!! And my girlfriend is named Diana.

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  9. mephisto19


    .....and you directly won the absolut rumble ;)))))) very nice story!

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  10. spoeker


    yes pure love <3 :)

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  11. azzzy


    "In a way, all my lomographic story is related to love, simply love…." nice.

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  12. adi_totp


    ...and vicuna is my mentor back on 2007! He taught me a lot of stuff about Lomography. When I first registered in lomography.com , vicuna message me and tells about Lomography and horizon cameras. A big thanks to you,Vicuna!!

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  13. vicuna


    Thanks to you@adi_totp :)) Always a pleasure to spread the lomo-experience! :))

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  14. antibiotyx


    sweet story. lomo is love!!!

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  15. atreyuthechild


    Those wedding photos are great! What a lucky accident. It seems every second exposure is prefectly suited to the first. They must have been happy with the results?

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

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  16. vtayeh


    OMG, I got the same reactions from my family when I showed them the first camera I won from Lomography: the Green Holga. My brother said, "You are not seriously going to take pictures with that thing, are you?!" But we know our love for lomo goes way beyond just looks! (However, I think the holga is a wonderfully beautiful camera :) Great Story! ~Violeta

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  17. stouf


    Lovely ! Et les photos du mariage sont super !

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  18. lonur


    nice one, stephan!

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  19. icuresick


    Lovely wedding photos! I love the effects!

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  20. dalairona


    Great post @vicuna !! I love it very much. It is always funny to know how people get into this wonderful stuff of lomography!! ^_^

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  21. oldtimer-rfh


    Love the story,I to stumbled into the Lomo world!!! :)

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  22. neanderthalis


    Bonne histoire. :D

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  23. volker-jp


    great story! Thanx for sharing!

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