This is a short story about my new love affair with my lo-fi camera, the Diana F+ CMYK. And the reasons why I love it.
As my boyfriend Andrew and I were strolling in the Soho neighborhood of New York City on vacation, we stumbled upon a store that made Andrew positively giddy. Lomography! I had heard him speak highly of the little analog cameras, and knew how high they were on his imaginary wish list. We decided to pop in to take a quick “look”. That look ended up with us both purchasing our first Lomo cameras: the Diana F+ CMYK (for me) and the La Sardina for him. We just couldn’t wait to start using them!
We did have to wait until we came back to our city of Austin, Texas. We decided to christen the cameras with a lovely jaunt through the city: stops at several graffiti walls as well as the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and the Zilker Botanical Gardens. Such a wonderful way to spend our weekend in Austin!
Soon, both our film rolls were complete, and we got them developed/printed. Needless to say, I was very disappointed. There were only 4 decent photos out of the 12 exposures, and only 2 of those were actually good.
Here is one of them:
Luckily, Andrew’s turned out pretty awesome on the most part. I think having a 35mm camera helps its stability.
Here’s my favorite shot of his:
Even though I was upset, I wasn’t going to let it get me down. I realized the mistakes I made in the first roll, and made sure to be more careful the second go-round. After developing…success! Most of the photos came out decent, and there were even a couple AMAZING shots! Here are some of my favorites:
I just finished my third roll and am waiting for them to be developed and printed. I cannot wait to see how that one turns out! That’s my favorite part of this hobby – the anticipation of seeing your photos!
Here’s a list of reasons WHY I love lomo:
-I choose to use film, not in spite of, but because of its unpredictability; I love that you don’t know what you’re gonna get
-It creates physical manifestations of memories. When flipping through your prints, you will go back to that moment in time and remember how hard it was to catch that moment as it was happening. But you’re so glad you did.
-It forces me to do things I normally wouldn’t. I had no idea certain parts of Austin existed, and without my new camera, I probably never would.
-It teaches me to appreciate what I see from a new perspective. That graffiti on the wall? It’s not an eyesore, it’s art created by a street artist. That crack in the pavement? An interesting addition to an otherwise boring sidewalk. Squirrels? Hilarious (and hard to catch) subjects for photos.
-I feel like I’m part of a “society” of people who share the same joy in the hobby.
-Because it’s something special I can share with Andrew.
-Because I am becoming a tourist in my own city.
The Diana F+ CMYK is splashed with the four important colours in offset printing. Packed with the same features are the original Diana F+, this colourful clone will surely catch everyone’s attention. See it with the rest of the Diana Clones here!