How I met Lomography

Credits: 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 !

Credits: vicuna

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 ( 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….

Credits: vicuna

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 <3

Credits: vicuna

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

written by vicuna on 2010-12-01


  1. somapic
    somapic ·

    fortunate coincidences all the way :) lovely!

  2. disdis
    disdis ·

    and since then you are a master!

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

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

  4. kdstevens
    kdstevens ·

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

  5. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

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

  6. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    Very nice story dude.

  7. rav_bunneh
    rav_bunneh ·

    Yup I saw this!

  8. herbert-4
    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.

  9. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

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

  10. spoeker
    spoeker ·

    yes pure love <3 :)

  11. azzzy
    azzzy ·

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

  12. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

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

  13. vicuna
    vicuna ·

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

  14. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    sweet story. lomo is love!!!

  15. atreyuthechild
    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:…

  16. vtayeh
    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

  17. stouf
    stouf ·

    Lovely ! Et les photos du mariage sont super !

  18. lonur
    lonur ·

    nice one, stephan!

  19. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    Lovely wedding photos! I love the effects!

  20. dalairona
    dalairona ·

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

  21. oldtimer-rfh
    oldtimer-rfh ·

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

  22. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Bonne histoire. :D

  23. volker-jp
    volker-jp ·

    great story! Thanx for sharing!