Time Machine with Lomography and Snow!


Have you ever dreamed of a time machine? With a Lomography camera and a lot of snow you'll be able to create the magic atmospheres of the past centuries.

Dear Lomographers, have you ever dreamed of having a time machine and traveling back in time? Living a few moments back in the 18th century, in the middle age, or in the sixties? Well, I dream of this a lot, and this is probably because I’m a huge fan of the movie “Back to the Future.” But there’s more than just the passion for a (really cool) movie, it’s about the feeling you get in some special moments; for example when you’re in a museum and you look at an old painting, or when you explore your grandparents’ old stuff in the cellar, or when you walk along some streets in Montmartre in Paris… I’m talking of moments in which you don’t actually feel you’re in this place and time, back in another era, and it’s a great feeling.

So, if you know this feeling and you love it just as much as I do, you probably know it’s quite hard to feel it nowadays. We’re constantly surrounded by technology, buildings, and noise that take our mind back to the present time, forbidding the “time trip” we love. But here’s the point: we don’t have to wait for Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown with his DeLorean time machine, all we need to create the atmosphere of the past is a Lomo!

Something I love about my lomo, the Diana F+, is the pinhole function. Honestly, the first time I tried it, I was curious, but I thought it wouldn’t work well. I thought: “How the hell can you shoot a good photo without even a lens?” I was skeptical. But the moment I saw the result on the developed film, I was astonished. “This is like impressionist painting!”

I’m not comparing myself to Monet, but some of my pinhole shots really looked like pictures of the great French painter, and this because the lines on the image were blurring, and the colours mixing one with the other.

That’s how I got the idea of impressing on a photo the atmosphere of the past. But there’s still the problem of having a lot of details on the photo revealing the real date of the shooting. Taking a photo of a street, for example, you can have a lot of troubles with all the traffic signs, the modern cars, etc. That’s why I highly recommend taking photos in the snow! If you’re lucky and the panorama is covered with a lot of snow you can easily take a lot of photos which look like painted landscapes of the past centuries!

I took these photos last year. At the time, I hadn’t have this purpose, but now I’m very excited because this winter I’ll be back in Vienna, and this time, not just with the Diana, but with my new camera too, the Sprocket Rocket! It was a gift by the lomographer attelid! I can’t wait to travel back in the 19th century Vienna thanks to my time machine, the Lomo camera!

So, dear lomographers, the winter’s coming, hopefully with a lot of snow! All you need to do is to take your Lomographic camera and try different techniques to travel in time! I can’t wait to see your photos and your experiments! Have fun!

written by krauthead on 2011-11-17 in #lifestyle #lomography #diana #time-travel #snow #time-travel-machine #analogue-lifestyle #sprocket-rocket #pinhole


  1. attelid
    attelid ·

    Super cooool! Can't wait til it's snowing again in Florence :D

  2. attelid
    attelid ·

    AAAAND I want to see some sprocket Wien ;)

  3. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    I think the pinhole capability of the Diana+ is the most under-appreciated feature. There are some photographers who do pinhole photography almost exclusively. It's a hobby unto itself.

  4. krauthead
    krauthead ·

    you're right gvelasco! the pinhole function is really cool. I'll try it again with a tripod and the diana cable. ;-)

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