Lost and Found: Some Forgotten Redscale Memories of New York City

This is the short story of some travel memories at the beginning of my lomographic path that I had completely forgotten about and how happy I was finding them in a LomoLab envelope.

Credits: mario-salvenmoser

It was at the very beginning of my lomographic “career” when a buddy and I decided to go to New York City for two weeks. We were all excited and looking forward to this trip as it would be our first (but surely not the last) time in America. So we went there in spring, which we thought would be a great time for visiting New York. Of course, I packed my DSLR which I got for my birthday the year before to ensure to have some rad photos of our city trip. But I also took the little Diana F+ with me.

I got the sweet plastic camera for Christmas and of course I wanted to seize the opportunity and take some cool analogue pictures of New York City. But unfortunately my first trial shots at home were more than unsatisfactory and so I was a little frustrated. I shot with the 35mm back and wasn’t used to it, so the results were really bad. I didn’t want to lose any chance for a good picture and I also didn’t want to carry both cameras with me everyday. So the Diana mostly stayed in my suitcase in the hotel.

But one day I finally decided to take both cameras with me. I didn’t want to go home without any analogue evidence of our visit. It happened to be the day that we went to Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. I took only three analogue shots that day (strangely, there isn’t one of the statue) and actually I just wanted to try, because I had a redscale film loaded and didn’t really know how to handle it.

After our stay in the US, my Diana took a (quite long) break on a shelf. It was already summer when I got myself a Fisheye Baby 110 and started lomographic attempt no. 2. And I also started to shoot with the Diana again. There still was an unfinished redscale film in it so I wanted to finish it and get some pictures.

When I got back the envelope from LomoLab, there were a lot of odd and not really good pictures in it:

Credits: mario-salvenmoser

But when I found these three pictures I just had to smile. :-)

The first two photos were taken in Battery Parkon, on the third, you see the skyline of New York City from Liberty Island.

I had completely forgotten about these photos and still they are the best ones I had taken on the whole film roll. I have only three analogue pictures of our stay at NYC and yet these are the ones with the most value as a memory. :-)

written by mario-salvenmoser on 2012-10-02 in #lifestyle #new #diana-f #city #lost #memories #usa #trip #memory #new-york-city #york #redscale #found #travel

More Interesting Articles

  • Museum of the City of New York Showcases Photographs by Children

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-05-11 in #world #lifestyle
    Museum of the City of New York Showcases Photographs by Children

    How early can photography be taught? After some lessons on visual expression, the Museum of the City of New York had second to fifth grade students traipsing around Central Park and Museum Mile with a camera.

  • The Lomo LC-A 120 and C.S. Muncy

    written by givesmehell on 2015-03-17 in #people #lomoamigos
    The Lomo LC-A 120 and C.S. Muncy

    C.S. Muncy is a freelance photojournalist based in New York City. He has done some incredible work for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsday, among others. In this short interview, we will find out about his experience shooting with the Lomo LC-A 120!

  • Fascinating Vintage Photographs of the Male Cross-Dressers of Casa Susanna

    written by chooolss on 2014-11-04 in #lifestyle #videos
    Fascinating Vintage Photographs of the Male Cross-Dressers of Casa Susanna

    It all started just like how most stories of found photographs usually do: Collectors Robert Swope and Michel Hurst of Full House discovered a box of what apparently contained the Casa Susanna archive at a flea market in New York's 26th Street.

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • The Lomo LC-A Visits Los Angeles

    written by givesmehell on 2015-04-19 in #world #locations
    The Lomo LC-A Visits Los Angeles

    Los Angeles—the second largest city in the U.S.A. after New York City and the most populous city in the state of California. L.A. is vibrant and phenomenal. With the nickname "City of Angels," we are sure to find some gems here.

  • To Russia with Love (Part 3)

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-03-03 in #world #lifestyle #locations
    To Russia with Love (Part 3)

    In the third and final installment of his Russian love story, Herr Willie recalls some of the most memorable experiences from his trips to post-Soviet Russia, including traveling aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway and shooting with the La Sardina for Lomography on assignment, and waxes nostalgic about all the amazing people he had met.

  • Geoffrey Berliner On Photographic Processes, Old and New

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-06-07 in #people #lifestyle #lomoamigos
    Geoffrey Berliner On Photographic Processes, Old and New

    Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.

  • Shop News

    New Item: Revolog 36exp Plexus

    New Item: Revolog 36exp Plexus

    Feeling experimental? We have the perfect film for you. Load up a roll of Revolog Plexus 200 on your favorite 35mm camera and shoot as you normally would.

  • Reviving An Old Polaroid 1000 Camera

    written by Wessel de Haas on 2015-02-13 in #gear #reviews
    Reviving An Old Polaroid 1000 Camera

    Some time ago, my parents-in-law gave me an old Polaroid camera that they used during my wife's childhood. After some investigation, I found out that Polaroid had stopped making instant film. But the factory in Enschedé, the Netherlands had been taken over by The Impossible Project, so I bought a package of fresh film and gave it a try!

  • When in London

    written by jporacion on 2015-05-14 in #world #locations
    When in London

    What makes travel a great experience is the newness of things. The environment, people and culture tend to be different from customs back home. Coming from the Philippines, I found a lot of novel things in the United Kingdom, especially in the city of London.

  • Tipster: DIY X-Pro Redscale

    written by rancliffhasenza on 2015-09-27 in #gear #tipster
    Tipster: DIY X-Pro Redscale

    Browsing through the Lomography website, you can find a lot of redscale shots, which are all done on color negative films. I asked myself if it’s possible to redscale a slide or chrome film and then cross process it. (And yes, it is.) In this tipster I’m going to teach you how to create the bloodiest homemade redscale film I've ever come across.

  • Shop News

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)

  • Through New York City with Markus Hartel and the New Russar+

    written by zonderbar on 2015-09-11 in #people #lomoamigos
    Through New York City with Markus Hartel and the New Russar+

    New York City-based graphic designer Markus Hartel has a passion for street photography. On one of his last strolls through the city, he captured some scenes on the busy streets with the New Russar+ Lens. Read on to learn about his experience photographing with the Russar+ and get insider info on how it is to be a street photographer in the Big Apple.

  • The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    written by wil6ka on 2015-04-09 in #world #locations
    The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.

  • Stacy_mcpommes and her Weapon of Choice: Lubitel 166B

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-10-09 in #lifestyle
    Stacy_mcpommes and her Weapon of Choice: Lubitel 166B

    Not knowing exactly how to do deal with its odd appearance, Nadica first regarded the Lubitel 166B as a complete monstrosity. She left it untouched on her shelf for months after receiving it as a gift. After using other Lomo cameras and getting familiar with the rules on exposure, she finally had the courage to test it. Find out what made stacy_mcpommes fall in love with the Lubitel 166B in this installment of Weapon of Choice!