I know some people who name their favorite things. As for us lomo enthusiasts, I won’t be surprised if most people here also give names to their cameras. This article is about how, why, and where my cameras got their names.
I know some people here who name their cameras, Renenob's Olympus XA and LC-A are named “Mara” and “Clara”. Hans12's Olympus XA is named “Sven”, and she calls her Vivitar IC100 “Val”. I don’t know why or where their cameras got their names but I’m sure it must be something special – or not, but I know it’s something.
It’s normal for me to name my things, even my guitar is named “Alexandria” as an homage to the famous Filipina singer-songwriter Cynthia Alexander. As for my cameras I consider them as companions, giving them names make me feel that I know them more, It also makes me feel more comfortable shooting with them.
I would like to start the countdown with “Kidlat”, my first-ever analog camera, it’s a Lomography Colorsplash. Kidlat is the tagalog word for lightning. I bought it at the Lomography Store in Singapore. I was in awe seeing all the lomo cameras but Kidlat caught my eye, as if it was calling me. From the first flash of it’s powerful lightning, I know exactly what to call It. Kidlat is a powerful night camera, here are its shots.
My second camera is “Dos”, a Canon EOS. I bought it from a friend (who is now pursuing digital photography) for a very low price of 1,700 pesos that’s less than $40 and it’s still in very good condition. Dos obviously means two, two because it’s my second camera. Simple as that, but Dos was the one responsible for my very first selected photo. So I’m very thankful for having it.
My third camera is “Lucy”, a Superheadz Black Slim Devil, a clone of the legendary Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim. I named her Lucy just for fun, it fits the “black slim devil” label because of “Lucifer”. I don’t know, but I find it kind of funny. But still I see the name Lucy as a name for little girls. Just a trivia, “Lucifer” in Latin means “light bearer”. Here are my sample shots with Lucy.
And the newest addition to the family, is “Love”. A LOMO Lubitel 166B bought from a camera collector. It was in mint condition when I got it, as if never used. I bought it as an advance birthday gift to myself. I named her Love for three reasons, 1. I know she will create lovely photos, 2. in compensation of my hopeless romantic life (Hahaha!), and 3. for I know this is a camera I will surely love.
I wonder what should I name my LC-A if ever I bought one. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading, and I also hope you will share the stories of your cameras’ names too!
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