It's a Family Affair: How my Husband Turned Me in to a Lomo Monster


How my husband's idea for a project inspired a whole family. Beginning with one challenge: £30 to buy a film camera, one black and white film, and one colour film. The start of lomographic adventure!

Credits: maddym

One day, my husband suggested a project. Why don’t we set ourselves a challenge? We can have £30 each to buy one film camera and two films. We will pick a date when we will go out to take photos, and that date will be the deadline to have all the equipment we need within our budget. Now this really started to sound interesting. My mum likes photography too, so we included her in it as well. And then we started getting excited.

In the process of doing the research on what camera to get, I discovered Lomography. Photography had been a passion for me for quite a while, but I had focused on high contrast black and whites analogue photos, always wanting to be accurate and precise, and I do still love that style. But Lomography was something else. The random splashes of colour, the surprising and completely unpredictable results, the laid-back snatches of life as it flashes by. I was hooked.

It didn’t take me to long to find the perfect, quirky little camera, my Smena 8M. The previous owner had brought their own little details to the camera body, adding a little red bas-relief to the side with ‘March 8’ written in Cyrillic, and using what would appear to be a red plastic cap from a milk carton as a lens cap. When it arrived, I was so charmed by it. It even came with the lovely lomo case. I ordered a couple of films, black and white and colour, both Agfa. And we set the date.

I made a few ‘mistakes’ at first. Not winding the camera on far enough, creating unplanned multiple exposures (and don’t worry, I really am beginning to realise now that there are no ‘mistakes’ with Lomography, some of those multiple exposures turned out fab), but I really enjoyed using it, despite the feeling that it could very easily fall apart in my hands! But it wasn’t until I saw the results that I fell in love with it.

Credits: maddym

And that was it for me. I go on the Lomography website every day, to look at other people’s photos, to get ideas for my next project, to compare films and cameras, and figure out what I like. Just yesterday I received my latest camera, the Horizon Perfekt, a discovery I made whilst looking through photos on the Lomography website, and knew I had to have. I’m planning with my husband to go out exploring once a week, with one film each, and see what we find. I want to experiment with film, and filters, and cross-processing, and I can’t wait to see what I discover!

Credits: maddym

Meanwhile, my husband is ordering cameras and lenses and film (let’s face it, it’s pretty much all we talk about at the moment!), my mum is spending everyday searching for cameras and film online, and we just gave my mother-in-law a camera as well. She only just went back yesterday from staying with us at the weekend, and by the evening she was already posting her photos on Facebook! Who’s next I wonder? And all because of this project! Lomography is definitely turning out to be a family affair!

(By the way, I would really recommend trying out the project. Set yourself and some friends a challenge, come up with a budget, and name a date, and see what quirky discoveries you will make!)

Credits: maddym

written by maddym on 2012-05-02 in #lifestyle #smena-8m #family #project #inspire #friends #experiment #agfa #horizon-perfekt #lomo


  1. nurng2000
    nurng2000 ·

    Lovely family, actually !!

  2. zoe191
    zoe191 ·

    nice story :)

  3. maddym
    maddym ·

    I picked up my characterful Smena 8M from a shop called 'Russian Vintage' on Etsy

  4. volker-jp
    volker-jp ·

    great story!

  5. trw
    trw ·


  6. placidcasua1
    placidcasua1 ·

    so where do we find the LomoHomes of the rest of the family?

  7. maddym
    maddym ·

    I'm the only one who has taken the lomography route at the mo. My husband is in to black and white fine art photography, my mum is somewhere inbetween, and my mother-in-law is just discovering digital.

  8. maddym
    maddym ·

    ps. and my dad is looking on with interest :)

  9. xmaryx
    xmaryx ·

    amazing! i tried with my family once. sadly, it didnt work. but i dont mind because they still give me the full support on lomography ^_^

  10. zekalinova
    zekalinova ·


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