Making Memories in Film: The Firsts in My Life That I'll Remember Forever

2

The first time for anything will always be an exciting moment.

Ever since I bought my first two Lomo cameras, the Holga 135BC & the Fisheye 2, in May 2008, I’ve made it a point to always capture the important moments of my life in film.

The first time I watched my favorite Scottish pop band Camera Obscura in my hometown, Bandung, Indonesia was on March 20, 2010. All of my photos of the stage were awful because I used a short zoom Fisheye 2, plus the barrier did not allow me to get as close to them as possible. But I never gave up. After waiting for an hour with hundreds of other fans who wanted to take a photo with their idol, this is perhaps the best shot that I have from my first Camera Obscura gig. I hope they will come to Bandung again soon.

Credits: hervinsyah

Elvo was my best friend back in my dark college days between 2002 and 2007. He was always there when I needed help. I’m the only college friend of his who attended his wedding in Cirebon, Jawa Barat (West Java) on November 11, 2011. That had been my first time using my dear Erika (the name of my Horizon Perfekt camera), and at a precious moment like this. And I’m glad with the result.

Credits: hervinsyah

I was very enthusiastic when my dad asked me to visit his father’s hometown in Parigi, Pangandaran, Jawa Barat. I’ve never met my paternal grandfather because he passed away when my dad was in elementary school. Parigi is the most famous beach destination for us Bandungnese because we are beach lovers. Unfortunately, we don’t have a beach in our town since it is located below a mountain.

Credits: hervinsyah

And of course, there’s the event that all of us here at Lomography wants to join – the Lomowalk. This was my first (and fun!) Lomowalk that happened on Saturday, March 31, 2012 with Marko, Adi, Apaw, Bram, Zeka, and Ridwan

Actually, before I bought my first Lomo camera, I already have an analogue camera (Nikon F55D) that I used when I was in college studying Journalism. This was my first stage photo which featured Boys Are Toys, an amazing girl punk band which sadly had split up long time ago. This shot was taken at Gasibu, Bandung in 2005.

Even though I haven’t met and known all of the old members of Lomonesia Bandung yet, I have already become more active in this community. When we manned the booth at some event for college students at Monumen Perjuangan Jawa Barat, I and Erik, Ulfa, Itow, Oki, @zekalinova">Zeka, Ridwan, Ghitsa, @zekalinova">Zeka, Ridwan, Yoga, Zeka, Ridwan, Arief, Ridwan, Otan, and Ridwan built the Lomowall from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. When the event started the next day, Bebop, Zeka, Ridwan, Opik, and Ridwan joined us in manning the booth. Unfortunately, the event was ruined by the heavy rain; still, I’m quite happy because it was my first time building a Lomowall together with other great analogue lovers in my hometown.

Credits: hervinsyah

After watching animal documentaries on TV, I learned that hippos are the most dangerous animals in Africa. It has killed more people than AIDS, typhoid fever, or any other dangerous illnesses. When I visited the zoo in my hometown, I saw the hippo that is well-known as a “sleepyhead hippo.” I walked around the zoo from the morning until afternoon to see him wake up. And thank God he woke up and… asked for food? I don’t know because recently, I learned from a TV show that hippos fart with their mouths, seriously.

Credits: hervinsyah

I always put this photo in every article where it’s suitable: my first (and, unfortunately, last) meeting with legendary Indonesian comedian Kasino from trio Warkop DKI. I met him by chance during my first trip to Bali in 1996. It’s both an unforgettable and sad memory because one year later, he passed away.

Lastly, here’s my first (and hopefully not the last) religious trip to Saudi Arabia where I did the Umroh (short-time Hajj) in March 2013. I had been scared to come to this holy place because I committed so many sins, and a lot of Indonesians believe that sinners will be punished in Saudi Arabia. Actually, Islam prohibits believing in bad luck. But thank God it didn’t happen to me. Wish me luck so I’ll come again to do the Hajj with my future wife, Amin YRA.

Credits: hervinsyah

written by hervinsyah on 2013-10-02 in #lifestyle #barat #hervinsyah #south-east-asia #west-java #jawa #tenggara #bandung #indonesia

2 Comments

  1. mpdieckmann
    mpdieckmann ·

    very nice article. well written and very personal! thank you very much!!!

  2. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    @mpdieckmann : Thanks for your support

More Interesting Articles

  • A Tactile Trip Through Town with the New Jupiter 3+ Art Lens

    written by Lomography on 2016-01-23 in #world #news
    A Tactile Trip Through Town with the New Jupiter 3+ Art Lens

    What makes an engaging image? What makes a photograph seem more like a memory than just an image? How is it able to make you feel as if you were right there, in that moment, experiencing the scene first hand?

  • Five Scenes and Moments to Capture in Full Color

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-11-09 in #world #lifestyle
    Five Scenes and Moments to Capture in Full Color

    Where black and white brings an air of elegance, mystery, and rawness, color suggests life and all things happy and vibrant. Here are a few scenes and moments from everyday life that will always be perfectly captured in full color.

  • Meet Our LomoGuru: herbert-4

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-02-14 in #people #lifestyle #videos
    Meet Our LomoGuru: herbert-4

    Herbert Morris has been taking photographs for almost 60 years. From being his family's event photographer, he now acts as one of the community's resident guides who's always willing to give advice—photography related or otherwise—to fellow lomographers. In this interview, Herbert shares tidbits about his life as a war veteran and how being a sneaky photographer preserved the memories of his aunt.

    32
  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • A Compilation of Lomo'Instant Stories

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-08-04 in #gear #news
    A Compilation of Lomo'Instant Stories

    There are many possible reasons for taking pictures. It could be to document an event, to capture breathtaking scenery, to preserve a fond memory, or simply, to have a snapshot of someone close to your heart. Whatever the reason, there's almost always a story behind a picture, no matter how significant or trivial it may be. And for lomographers, nothing beats the feeling of having that story unfold in your hand, in the form of a print. If you want a quick keepsake from that treasured moment or a snapshot of that special someone though, you can have it instantly, through Lomo'Instant Stories!

    2
  • Rewind: Lomography Event Recaps From Gallery Stores and Embassy Shops

    written by shhquiet on 2015-12-30 in #world #news
    Rewind: Lomography Event Recaps From Gallery Stores and Embassy Shops

    2015 was a super exciting year for the world of creative photography. We introduced new products, paid homage to analogue photography and collaborated with like-minded folks. If you missed any of the festivities, don't worry - we promise that there will be more fantastic things to come next year! In the meantime, here's a look back into all the happy Lomography memories!

    1
  • Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    written by pripri2000 on 2015-04-22 in #gear #news
    Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.

    1
  • Shop News

    Pixelstick

    Pixelstick

    The most incredible lightpainting tool is here! Consists of 200 full color RGB LEDs in a lightweight aluminium housing will color your analogue world in different way! Create and animate different shades and shapes with the Pixelstick!

  • Photo of the Day by sharpwaveripple

    written by lomography on 2015-11-02 in #world #news
    Photo of the Day by sharpwaveripple

    Trying a new emulsion for the first time always thrills an ardent lomographer. And even more so if the said film roll produced exhibit-worthy photographs.

    6
  • Introducing the New Lomo'Instant Wide — The World's Most Creative Instant Wide Camera & Lens System

    written by Lomography on 2015-10-13 in #gear #news #videos
    Introducing the New Lomo'Instant Wide — The World's Most Creative Instant Wide Camera & Lens System

    They say there’s a first time for everything and with the Lomo’Instant Wide, that couldn’t be more accurate. Combining high quality craftsmanship with versatile features, the Lomo’Instant Wide is the instant camera for any and every person who revels in capturing every beautiful, bizarre and bewildering moment in a creative, super wide, crisply sharp and perfectly exposed way.

    21
  • Capturing the Beauty of Life – A Talk with Esben Bøg Jensen

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-04-01 in #people #lifestyle
    Capturing the Beauty of Life – A Talk with Esben Bøg Jensen

    Warm tones, subtle grains, beautiful moments of everyday life – the photos by Esben Bøg Jensen, a young and talented photographer from Denmark, let us escape into our memories and dream about a never-ending spring. We talked to the photographer himself and couldn’t help feeling a pleasant wave of joy overcoming us. Read on and get inspired to search for the moments that make us feel alive.

    3
  • Shop News

    Be Sharp and Get Accurate Shots!

    Be Sharp and Get Accurate Shots!

    Never go wrong with amount of light entering your lenses. Perfect for any photo shoots, very handy, lightweight and extremely versatile!

  • 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!

  • Special Friendships: The Lomography X LIFE Competition

    written by petit_loir on 2015-09-10 in #world #competitions
    Special Friendships: The Lomography X LIFE Competition

    September marks the 60th anniversary of James Dean's death. Dean is remembered not only for his roles in American films, but also for his iconic image associated with teenage rebellion. Filmmaker Anton Corbijn honors James Dean in "LIFE," a new film that showcases the special friendship between the young actor and photographer Dennis Stock who made Dean immortal through his pictures. Take part in our new competition and win movie tickets, James Dean posters, an illustrated book and a Diana F+ camera.

    3
  • Happenings on Film: LomoKino Adventures for Estilhaços Festival

    written by Hugo Pereira on 2015-07-26 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Happenings on Film: LomoKino Adventures for Estilhaços Festival

    Estilhaços is an annual short film festival in Leiria, Portugal. I was challenged to create six analog videos to be projected during a live music showcase. I decided to use LomoKino for the first time.

    1