US CitySlicker Herbert: Finding Lomo Friends in Seattle

3

On their first task, the US CitySlickers will show us around their towns and cities, documenting their experiences in analogue and telling us stories along the way. Let's meet Herbert, who will introduce us to Seattle, Washington!

Name: Herbert G. (aka Herbasuarus)
City: Seattle, Washington
Age: 25
Occupation: Caterer, photographer, dancer, artist
LomoHome: herbasaurus

Hey there, my name is Herbert. As my first Cityslicker article, here is a little about me- I just turned 25 this year, love to ride bikes, take pictures, go to the beach, dance, collect music, meet new people, and I like to draw! My favourite cameras include but are not limited to- Diana Mini, Fisheye, Golden Half, my brand new Diana F+.

My Lomo journey began when I bought my very first lomo camera as a birthday gift to myself. My Diana Mini was very unforgiving for my first few rolls and I knew I needed to learn quick. I always hate wasting things and film is not cheap! I wanted to learn more about how to use my camera and most of all, I wanted to shoot more pictures! I needed help- Big Time.

Seattle at Night.

After doing some research, I discovered that Seattle had a Lomo group: Seattle Lomography Adventurer Club (or SLAC for short). I was a little skeptical about going to a random place, with a roomful of strangers, armed with my Diana Mini. However, I decided to take the plunge. I wanted to learn and meet new people. Becoming a member of SLAC is simply one of the greatest things I have ever done and it was free!

All of the members are friendly and resourceful.

At every meet, I am continuously learning about various cameras, different accessories, new techniques, and (the best part) taking pictures of each other. Super rad. At first, it was weird for strangers to take pictures of you, but when you get to nerding out about cameras…everything changes. Suddenly, you want to try that new technique you’ve never heard about. Not a problem, you have someone willing to model for you, as well as instruct you on how to do it.

Here are a few pictures of us light painting.

Having friends willing to be shot has many advantages. Initially, it can be awkward. But once you get to know each other and realize you both love cameras and taking pictures, doors open up and BAM- you just made a new lomo friend. SLAC goes on lomo walks around Seattle and if its rainy, we do photoshoots inside or do slideshows.

Maybe I am just fortunate that my city already has a Lomo group. Go out and look to see if you’re city has a Lomo club that meets up! Then join them! I searched on facebook, as well as here on the lomography site. If you cannot find one, do not let that discourage you. Keep searching or maybe even consider making your own club! If you ever find yourself in Seattle, come find me and I can show you around!

written by herbasaurus on 2012-05-02 in #lifestyle

3 Comments

  1. tracyvmoore
    tracyvmoore ·

    Great article Herb ;) !!! Go SLAC!

  2. djnada
    djnada ·

    SLAC ROCKS!!!! Yay Herbert!

  3. kimo
    kimo ·

    Herbasaurus!!!

More Interesting Articles

  • UK Community Amigo: Richard PJ Lambert from Birmingham

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-05-30 in #news
    UK Community Amigo: Richard PJ Lambert from Birmingham

    In a new series, we talk to film fanatics from all around the UK about their passion for film photography and their favourite places to shoot in their home town. Today we go to Birmingham and meet Richard PJ Lambert who loves the LCA+ and The Custard Factory.

  • UK Community Amigo: Vicki Cartlidge from Stoke-on-Trent

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-06-08 in #people #lomoamigos

    In a new series, we talk to film fanatics from all around the UK about their passion for film photography and their favourite places to shoot in their home town. Today we go to Stoke-On-Trent and meet Vicki Cartlidge who talks about Holgas, Dianas and magical transformer cameras.

    1
  • UK Community Amigo: Dale Wightman from Southgate

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-06-28 in #people #lomoamigos
    UK Community Amigo: Dale Wightman from Southgate

    In a new series, we talk to film fanatics from all around the UK about their passion for film photography and their favourite places to shoot in their home town. Today we go to Southgate in London to meet Dale Wightman who works at Middlesex University, loves the Spinner and DJ's at the Silent Discos.

  • Shop News

    (Re)discover Photography with the Stenoflex Mini Labo

    (Re)discover Photography with the Stenoflex Mini Labo

    Stenoflex lets you reproduce the single steps of black and white photography, from taking photos to printing. It is a simple box pierced with a tiny pinhole to allow light to enter. Put a sheet of photosensitive paper (included) inside the darkroom and expose it to your subject.

  • UK Community Amigo: Ray McKean from Billinge

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-06-18 in #people #lomoamigos
    UK Community Amigo: Ray McKean from Billinge

    In a new series, we talk to film fanatics from all around the UK about their passion for film photography and their favourite places to shoot in their home town. Today we go to Billinge in Merseyside to meet Ray McKean who has a wealth of knowledge about film cameras.

    2
  • UK Community Amigo: Justin Quinnell from Bristol

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-07-19 in #people #lomoamigos
    UK Community Amigo: Justin Quinnell from Bristol

    In this new series, we talk to film fanatics from all around the UK about their passion for film photography and the best places to shoot in their home town. Today we go to Bristol to meet Justin Quinnell, a freelance photographer who has made pinholes out of bins and homemade 3D cameras. He is a true film photography experimenter!

  • LomoAmigo: Singer-Songwriter Ryan Star

    written by kylah on 2014-03-24 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Singer-Songwriter Ryan Star

    Not only did rocker Ryan Star love taking pictures with the Fisheye No. 2, but last time he played in New York City, we sent two lucky fans to the show with Color Splash cameras. In this interview, Ryan shares his favorite shots and tells us about his experience with the Fisheye No. 2.

    2
  • Shop News

    A Very Special Portrait Lens

    A Very Special Portrait Lens

    Photos shot with a New Petzval lens are immediately recognizable for their super-sharp focus areas and wonderful swirly bokeh effect. Each New Petzval lens is crafted from brass (just like the original Petzval lens) and features premium glass optics. Together with Lomography, the lenses have been designed and constructed by a team of optics specialists at the Zenit factory in Russia. Zenit are master lens manufacturers and have the skill to build the Petzval lens for use with today’s SLR cameras.

  • Transient Living: Getting to Know the Neighborhood in Denver, Colorado

    written by maliha on 2014-11-12 in #world #locations
    Transient Living: Getting to Know the Neighborhood in Denver, Colorado

    <i>Editor's Note: The past several years saw <b><a href="http://www.lomography.com/homes/maliha">Maliha</a></b> frequently moving from one place to another, a sort of nomad who likes the thrill of starting anew and finding her place in every city she stays at. In the last decade she has spent in the USA, Maliha has stayed at six different cities in five different states. Currently, Maliha is based in Denver, Colorado, and "Transient Living," a new series in the Lomography magazine, documents her experiences and the ways that she has come to call this city her home.</i>

  • Petzval Artist: The Red Square with Alex Laurel

    written by lomographyfrance on 2014-06-06 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval Artist: The Red Square with Alex Laurel

    The Lomography x Zenit Petzval Lens is traveling all around the world in the hands of the most talented photographers these days. It is now Alex Laurel's turn to try the powers of this lens. The French photographer and surfer who took the Petzval Lens for a walk on the Red Square in Moscow shows us his stunning portraits and talks about his experience with the lens.

  • Testing the ONDU Pinhole Camera Around Germany

    written by antoniocastello on 2015-03-01 in #world #reviews
    Testing the ONDU Pinhole Camera Around Germany

    A few months ago, Lomography made available a whole range of pinhole cameras made out of premium wood. Interested on knowing how good they are, I brought the medium format one on my last trip to Germany.

  • Shop News

    Full Focus on the Framing

    Full Focus on the Framing

    Shooting with the Lubitel 166+ is an experience on it´s own. The waist level finder will help you to compose your frames perfectly.With the possibility to use 120 and 35mm Film It offers unlimited creative possibilities deemed to be an analogue masterpiece. Get your legendary Lubitel 166+ in our Online Shop!

  • Ponzi is our LomoHome of the Day!

    written by icequeenubia on 2015-03-01 in #world #news
    Ponzi is our LomoHome of the Day!

    From everyone here in Lomography, congratulations to ponzi for winning Home of the Day!

    1
  • Photo of the Day by freerangechicken

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-01 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by freerangechicken

    Do you think you can beat this kid at doing handstand?

  • Newcomer of the Week: fmonteiro

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-01 in #people #lifestyle
    Newcomer of the Week: fmonteiro

    As a professional photography graduate, Fernando never goes out without carrying at least one camera and treats it as an integral part of his body. Although he uses both digital and analog gears, he still regards using film as a more intimate way of creating images. Let's all welcome our newcomer from Brazil, Fernando Monteiro.

    1