Taking pics of children demands a sense of timing. This is nothing without speed and my La Sardina has this in spades.
One of my main objectives when getting back into analogue film photography after six or seven years of shooting only digital, was to make taking photos of my family fun again.
The first two Lomography Cameras I purchased were a Diana, and my La Sardina. Diana was initially hard to get to grips with, so much to remember to do (though I find her a breeze now). My La Sardina however is (and those who’ve read my articles will know how I feel) an action hero. You can react to your surroundings with nothing more than a click and a wind and this made him perfect for the job of documenting my boys lives (those little legs move so fast).
I’m lucky to live in a country where the weather is warm and good for most of the year, a place of natural beauty, Auckland has so much to do for a couple of boisterous little monkeys.
We work hard, but when the weekend comes we make sure we get out of the house and go to the beach, the parks… Our activities are mostly out in the fresh air, out with nature.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so the lomographs here tell the real story, but there is one thing I’d say to my La Sardina if it could hear.
“Thank you. Your cheap $100 plastic lens has done something that our $2000 digital SLR couldn’t. Rather than capture pictures of those that I love the most, you’ve captured their hearts, their emotions and their soul. As they grow older, I’ll be able to look at these photographs and remember them when they were learning the smallest, but most important lessons of life. That’s something truly wonderful to me.”
La Sardina, I wish I’d had you from the day my first was born.
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