I have been a member of the Lomography community for just over a month now, and in my opinion, becoming part of it was one of the best decisions I have made! I am just an ordinary guy with no previous photography experience, and over the last few weeks I have fallen in love with Lomo. This is my story, which I hope others who are considering joining the community will read and take information from!
Before now, I had always seen photography in a bad light; kids on Facebook taking pictures trying to be ‘cool’, with a bit too much confidence in their abilities. Not for me. It all seemed too serious, and was quite annoying, what with the number of people claiming to be professionals. My whole perception of the art, however, changed when my friend mikeydavies introduced me to Lomography and its community.
When Mikey got his first camera (the Holga 135) in December of last year, I wasn’t that interested. He had told me about all the different types of cameras and films, and I didn’t understand a word of it! But I could see his passion for the art, and his camera, and I began to pay more attention. As he showed me his newest photos each week, I was amazed by some of the quality shots he was producing. Whenever we would meet, he would always have his camera with him, or have something new he wanted to tell me; all the while I was getting more and more intrigued.
Pretty soon we were always talking about it, and he showed my the Lomography website, and a documentary by the BBC about the founding of the community (which is well worth the watch). By this time I was itching to get a camera and get stuck in. I had no experience with a camera at all; I had only taken pictures of my parents during holidays when I was a kid. But as the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography state; ignore the rules. I wasn’t worried that I would take bad pictures, in fact that never crossed my mind at all. All I was focused on, expressing myself through photography in the ways I chose.
It was then, after much consideration, that I bought my first camera, the Diana Mini. Mikey had told me that in time I would become attached to it, like a best friend, to which I laughed. But it really has. I adore my Mini, and I never leave the house without it! It has been with me everywhere. I have shot everything and anything that has appealed to me, be it a road sign or mountain scenery.
What appealed to most of all, however, was the online community. Every member of the community is so friendly and welcoming, with only positive things to say. They never hesitate to offer advice or help, or just have general conversation! Although I know almost none of the people I am connected with on this community, it feels as though they are all good friends of mine.
The list of possibilities with Lomography is literally endless. There are so many different things to try, like playing around with film (putting it in a dishwasher or microwave for example), double exposures, long exposures, half-frame and full-frame shots, hip-shots, action shots, over-exposing and under-exposing, cross processing, many of which I have yet to try. I am an absolute beginner with photography, but I absolutely love taking pictures. Within a month I have found my new favourite hobby, and I urge anyone considering joining the Lomography community to do so. Lomography really is for anyone! You won’t regret it.
The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!