Oops My Good - My Favourite Analogue Mistakes


Thanks to those useless viewfinders, Lomography cameras produce some of my favourite mistakes.

I’ll level with you: I’m a control freak. When people tell me my I’ve got a cool, relaxed demeanour, I’m always shocked. I must be very good at hiding the inner turmoil, because every time the boyfriend hangs towels over the door frame instead of the specifically assigned rack, I…go…batty. Add artsy-fartsy to the mix and you’ve got yourself a full-blown neurotic.

So when I was introduced to Lomography by my friend Laphoto (assuming his home will be merged soon), I was frightened. It’s pathetic, but the idea of having to relinquish so much control scared me to death. I mean, let’s face it: that viewfinder is a false prophet. It’s mostly there for decoration, and it doesn’t lead or guide. Still, when I saw the results on Laphoto’s Lomo home, I just had to give the plastic thingamabob a shot.

At this point, I’ve been a Lomographer since 2005, so I’ve had the chance to practice. I own a Supersampler, an Actionsampler, a Colorsplash, an Oktomat, a Diana, and a Holga. Still, in the four years I’ve been collecting and clicking, I can’t say I’ve garnered that much wisdom about taking the perfect Lomograph. And it doesn’t help that some of my favourites are pictures I never intended to take.

There are the photos that are actually a mistake: something went wrong with the film or the camera, or I accidentally turned the flash on in broad daylight. Then there are the unexpected outcomes: those pictures I didn’t try to produce, that I didn’t think could exist, but owe their existence entirely to Lomo mechanics.

The good news is that there’s one area of my life I don’t micro-manage. When I have a Lomo in my hand, I immediately accept defeat. I hope for the best, as always, and I try to get the best photos out of the experience. I know how everything works, but I’m also resigned to the fact that the ensuing image is going to be a surprise, regardless of my technical prowess.

When I get my Lomos developed, I’m actually hoping a couple of gorgeous goofs will make grace the mix. It’s my way of embracing the analogue accident.

written by livvyluv on 2009-06-20 in #news #montreal #grand-canyon #new-york-city #actionsampler #arizona #diana #las-vegas #oktomat #supersampler #holga #colorsplash


  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Yeah, I understand what you mean... and that's why we love lomo: for the freedom power it gives and to lost control of ourselves!! :)))))

  2. mattydk
    mattydk ·

    I can't count how many times i've shot a roll of film and had some bizarre photos from not paying attention to certain details but like Vicuna said, the feeling of loosing control and being spontaneous is at the heart of what Lomo is all about :) Like you said, some of my own mistakes have turned out to be some of my favourite photographs.

  3. rater
    rater ·

    Yeah! Lomo lets you have a bit of freedom, that is why I Lomo rocks!

  4. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    In nearly every aspect of life, control is an illusion. We only fool ourselves when we think otherwise. But here we are honest: we control some little things, but not usually the end result, and what a joy it is to see those beautiful happy accidents!

  5. livvyluv
    livvyluv ·

    Thanks for the comments, guys! Dirklancer, I totally agree. The idea that we have control over anything is an utter illusion, but one we chase fervently. What Lomography allows me to do is to illustrate that lack of control, and with beautiful results. Innit grand?

  6. stouf
    stouf ·

    Gorgeous gallery ! Instinct is a big part of lomography to me...

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