It is hard to point out exactly where my lomo beginnings go back to. I know that in late 2008, I only had a compact digital camera, and although I loved taking photos on a night out, I just found it all a bit unfulfilling. I guess it must have begun some time after that.
Some time during 2009, I was perusing Urban Outfitters in Leeds and spotted the most beautiful cameras I had ever seen. I decided to purchase a Diana and take it on a trip to London in the April time. I did try to use it a little bit whilst I was there but I had never even seen 120 film before and it was all a little bit stressful. I ended up resorting to the digital compact and put my Diana back in storage. My boyfriend however had been having a go with a Halina analogue camera and I just loved his photos from our trip and together we began having a go with the Diana again.
Not many of the photos came out, and we didn’t really take them of anything in particular, but I loved the waiting for them to come back from the lab and I knew I wanted to get back into film again. Soon after that I bought a Fisheye No. 2 and a Diana Mini and this is when the love of film really got me. My first few photos on my fisheye were okay, and I loved them much more than digital shots from the same events.
It was the Diana Mini however, which really spoke to me. I used it on every night out or other social occasion that I attended throughout 2009/2010. I loved my Mini that year, and my obsession with Lomography really took off from there. Over the last 3 years, I have amassed over 50 cameras, over 6000 photos and lots of new friends all over the world. I have no plans to stop and I hope that 2013 is as successful as the last few for me in terms of photography.
Where do I begin talking about film cameras on the Lomography Magazine? Yes, you guessed right. I will begin with a LOMO, of course, a very special one: the Lubitel 166 Universal (Lubitel 166U). It’s a camera that has almost everything you might need from a camera. Plus, it’s a LOMO!
What exactly do I feel while waiting for my Lomo'Instant photos to be developed? I have to say I get a mix of "Surprise me, dear Lomo!" but also some "Did I capture it as I wanted?" kind of thought. No matter the school of thought, with the Splitzer you can add so many cool effects to your photos you'll definitely embrace it!
One of the things I like the most about the Minitar-1 Art lens is how sharp the focus can be when you shoot with a small aperture. So if you are one of those that like to shoot at night, get a tripod, add this to a late dark winter afternoon, and you will end up with a bunch of beautiful long exposures. This is what I did on my last trip to Europe.
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!
There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.
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.
Some people say instant photos bring about a feeling of nostalgia. Although I often use the Lomo'Instant Camera with different crazy accessories such as the Splitzer and color gels, I have to agree there is something about it — dreamy vignettes maybe? — that always makes me want to go back in time and experience it all over again. In the name of analogue photography and good old memories, we passed by some classic spots in Vienna and took one shot after the other. Take a closer look at our gallery.
In case you missed it, Lomography has just unveiled the latest member of its Art Lens family: the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens, which boasts of the same optics that the legendary LC-A camera has and brings the classic Lomographic style not only to analog but also to the digital platform. Over the next few days we'll be sharing with you the first impressions of and photographs taken by members of the Lomography team, who had gone out and put the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 to the test. First up is graphic designer Andrea Cislaghi, who coupled this lens with the Bessa R2 and Sony Alpha 7.
Aside from photography, newcomer Dmitri Berenger enjoys a multitude of hobbies including gardening, watching movies, and discovering music. In this interview, he talks about his photographic style, his inspirations, choosing film cameras over digital gear, and many more.