She finds film photography as something that lasts, something that is endless when it comes not only to discoveries but also when it comes to possibilities!
And my, is that something good! So good that this lady from Baltimore was handpicked as this week’s newcomer. Aside from a lovely gallery of Lomographs, you should also read this interview with her that is not only sweet but also something to be interested about! Let us welcome Eden to our Community!
Lomography Home: edenhovenga
Location: Baltimore, USA
Current film cameras: Pentax K1000, Minolta Maxxum, Canon Sureshot A1, Diana Mini, Fisheye, La Sardina, and an LC-A+
How did you find out about the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I found out about Lomography (the store) a few years ago when I bought a Diana F+, which I ended up selling a couple years ago. I didn’t come back to Lomography until about six months ago when I bought my boyfriend the ActionSampler for his birthday and decided to treat myself to the Fisheye. It was at this point that I started looking around the Community and it was so inspiring to see everybody’s photos from all over the world. I had to get in on the action!
Any inspirations when it comes to taking film photographs?
It’s been a really busy year for me, and I returned to film photography as a way to let go of the stress and have a fun creative outlet. And then everybody at Lomography is so inspiring on their own, seeing all the beautiful photos makes me want to go out and capture my own moments.
Any song or movie you live by?
Mmm, I don’t really watch that many movies, but music wise, I’ve been playing The XX on repeat for a few months now. I’ve been really digging on the Matthew Dear remix of VCR recently. It’s the perfect amount of upbeat and poppy to get me out and about.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
Rule #1: Take your camera everywhere you go. I always have a camera with me, and I usually have four with me because I can never decide.
In this digital age, why still film?
First off, the options with film seem to be endless. There are so many types of films and cameras, and then you add masks, multiple exposures, and the like. It just seems like there is always something new to try. But basically, I like film over digital just because it’s not an instantaneous process. The waiting makes it that much better, and I’m not tempted to edit myself the way I am with digital. Each photo is a surprise and it’s beautiful because of that.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
Oh, everything! I’ve managed to get a couple articles published in the past month which I’m super excited about. And I’m working on a couple of film swaps right now (my first!) Most of all, I’m just excited about getting more involved in the Community and just being able to contribute.
Your favorite analogue camera as of the moment? Why?
My La Sardina is my favorite right now. I was just really surprised with the results which are probably just as much me as the camera. I’ve accidentally been shooting it with the bulb setting and the photos I’ve taken with it have just come out magical. They just have this beautiful blur to them.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
A couple of weeks ago, I would have said the LC-A, but I managed to find one on the cheap. I guess the next camera I’d like to have is the Horizon Kompakt, but that probably won’t happen anytime soon.
Your favorite section or page in our Lomography site?
I’d have to say my favorite is the Lomo Locations, because to me it just reads as a travel blog. I love seeing where everybody is from and all the amazing places out there.
Share your current favorite Lomograph (could be yours or a friend’s) and explain why it is your favorite.
There are so many great Lomographs out there and it’s hard to pick one. But out of my own, my favorite Lomograph is this one. When I first got this roll back, I actually overlooked this photo completely, but it’s grown on me over time. I just love the way the lily pads look on the water.
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