Some time in 2008, I had a dream that something great was going to happen to me on the 13th of September. Lomography changed my life.
Some time in 2008, I had a dream that something great was going to happen to me on the 13th of September. There were no hints whatsoever about what might happen that day but my boyfriend convinced me that the date would probably bring me luck and hence I waited for that day to arrive and unexpectedly 13th September 2008 marked my first step towards Lomography!
I got my first Lomo camera, a purple Holga 120GCFN on that day and I named it Barney. It was a pretty random thing as a friend of mine was buying a Holga for himself so he asked if I was interested in buying one so I said ok, even if it’s in purple!
From then on, I have indulged myself in Lomography and experimented on different cameras and film and it practically consumed my free time. I brought my cameras whenever I travel and it’s been such a joy to look forward to collecting the dozens of rolls of film from the lab in great anticipation.
I was obsessed – always checking on the LSI website for news updates and tips, ebay & photography forums for interesting cameras and film and I’ll always crave for a new toy to play with. Right now I have so many cameras there isn’t enough space in my dry cabinet to fit them all in!
Besides that I made a lot of friends through this new love of mine. It’s a common interest that brings different cultures together. Some are from LomotionSG which is a forum for Lomographers in Singapore, Lomokids – a forum based in Malaysia and LSI where I get to know u lot here!
I celebrated my first year “In Lomo” with fellow lomo fanatics eating ice cream in candlelight at Once upon a Milkshake, a quaint cafe serving delicious ice cream & milkshakes, with much hope for years to come. So cheers to Lomo for making my world a whole lot more exciting!
Exactly seven years ago, I bought this camera from Indonesia's local Lomography community. I remember having some savings in my bank account and just spending it all on this camera. At that time, I browsed the microsite for the Lomography Fisheye No.2 and immediately fell in love with it! Coincidentally, my friend who introduced me to Lomography just bought this same camera for his birthday. My life has changed ever since I had the Fisheye, my first lomographic camera.
In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.
2014 has been a good year for me, photographically speaking. I finally realized a few projects I had been dying to try out for a long time and, despite my resolution not to buy new ones, acquired some new cameras.
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“Let me tell you about my life turning blue”. Those were the first words the guy on the bench said as he sat down beside me whilst I was eating my lunch. Usually, I prefer to eat alone but there was something about this opening sentence which really intrigued me; so I told him “Sure buddy, go ahead. Tell me about your life in blue”.
In my early adolescence, I liked to play table football. For my 12th birthday, my parents gifted me with a wonderful Subbuteo table soccer game set that I had wished for many months! This was my favorite toy until I discovered other interesting hobbies, like ham radio and electronics. So after some years, I gave away this game to other kids. I always remembered this game with pleasure and a hint of nostalgia.
It's late October in Copenhagen and summer was well and truly behind us. With the nights drawing in, the chances of going out with one of my cameras was slim. All was not lost at this time of year, however, as it allowed me time to focus on my own personal music projects—I am a professional composer/musician and audio engineer at my own studio by day.
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My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. March was for caffenol. You have probably heard of the amazing fact that you can develop black and white photos with coffee, sodium, and vitamin C. I had tried this before but with less than stellar results. Somehow, there's always something going wrong. Time to devote a few rolls to caffenol to finally get the hang of it.
A year ago I tore the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in my left knee. Six months ago, I had an operation. For the half-year anniversary I wanted to do something special, so I did. I climbed the highest Slovenian mountain.
A weekend without a lomowalk seems bad, at least for me. One Saturday morning, I decided to join my friends in their lomowalk. It was all cloudy at first but it didn't stop me from going out and walking. I brought my new Nikon FM2 and some expired rolls, just to test my camera. Was it just me being sleepy, or was my Nikon FM2 acting up? My photos turned out grainy, pale, and, in my opinion, looking so 1990s?
As you may have read in my previous article, I truly fell in love with Lomography when I combined my Fisheye camera with an old Canon AE-1 for magical photographic results. Last summer, I took so many pictures of flowers that it started to become almost boring for me. My waning interest and the coming winter meant that I had to figure out something else to do with my 35mm film.
It's always summer where I am. Ah, the perks of living in Indonesia: it's sunny here all the time. For me, summer happens all year-long here, so it won't hurt to share some tips on shooting during this season.
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.