Two Ways to See the World - My LomoStory

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My LomoStory began many years ago, when I was a little girl, and my mom gave me an Actionsampler. I liked that present, the idea of taking 4 pictures in one shot was really funny. There were no digital cameras at that time. But I was too young, and not yet interested in photography... and now, I really don't know where the hell my old Actionsampler is. We moved a couple of times, so I have no idea of where my parents placed it. (Sometimes I hear the ghost of that camera walking in my house whispering: "WHY?"...)

Growing up, I found out that I absolutely wanted to keep memories of the moments I was living. Maybe these are the first moments when you understand how life goes… you can’t go back. I had a couple of compact digital cameras, but as time passed by, I started to seek perfection in my photos. I needed a camera capable to picture of the reality just as my eyes saw it. The sky must be BLUE, not a sort of white flash of light.

And my chance arrived: my uncle gave me his digital reflex, when he bought a new one. It is hard to admit, especially because I’m writing in “Analogue lifestyle”, but I really love it. She’s my baby, my third eye, when I don’t have it with me I feel like I’m lost, that I don’t actually see what passes through my two human yes. Photography is not only a passion, it is a need for me. But one day, Lomography knocked again at my door.

I was in a school trip in Munich, and we were visiting BMW world. I was with a friend of mine (a wonderful photographer), when we saw, between the souvenirs, a “Lomo corner”. She told me I had to try Lomography, a different way to take pictures. She summed up the ten golden rules, and the thing I most liked was this:

“Don’t look through the viewfinder”.

After 10 seconds, I had my two first Lomography cameras in my hands: the Fisheye and, of course, the Actionsampler Clear, the one I had before… I had to honor the memory of the old one, until the day she came back to me, like magic.

Now my LomoFamily consists of:

And, I ordered a Diana Mini which is arriving this week! (I’m so excited about it) I’m also using a Pentax, which took all my childhood pictures. She’s like my old sister. (I also hope to win something with the “Win your Lomography Wishlist” competition… But I’m not very optimistic!)

Here is what I answer everytime someone asks me why I have analogue cameras if I own a beautiful digital reflex: digital photography is perfection serving my memories; Lomography, instead, is about having fun.

Having fun taking pictures you don’t even know if you will ever see developed because maybe you messed everything with the light; having fun when your friends say “Oh right I have to wait to see it…” having fun snapping by pulling a rope and making funny faces…

Some moments need a perfect shot. Other moments need a Lomography camera.

written by attelid on 2011-11-03 in #lifestyle

5 Comments

  1. alizlovescherry
    alizlovescherry ·

    I feel it so true!!

  2. attelid
    attelid ·

    :)

  3. bernizt
    bernizt ·

    I also had an Action sampler when I was a kid! No idea where it is now :( !

  4. mintandcoke
    mintandcoke ·

    I agree with you. Wherever I go, I take my digital SLR with me, plus my lomo Holga 135 and an analogue SLR, an old Russian Zenit I got as a birthday present like 15 years ago. The digital gear is like a "safeguard" that a moment is going to safe and kept, no matter my incompetence as a photographer goes. As for the analogue bunch – it is for fun and experiment. Lomography has trained my eye to the unexpected, to the detail and to composition. And more often than not, I like my Lomo pictures so much better! I like the idea to have a digital SLR that will work without me (basically, you can’t go wrong with a Nikon telling you what to do!) but with Lomo it’s all me and my eyes and when a shot comes out great, I also know it’s all on me. That’s enlightening!

  5. attelid
    attelid ·

    that's exactly what I meant :)

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