Didn't understand what I lost until I realised the beauty that could have come out of it.
My family isn’t mighty wealthy and I hardly went on any trip to anywhere, cause we couldn’t really afford the time and cost.
So when I had to go on a school trip during my A-levels (in Malaysia we call it STPM) I was excited, but had no cameras to bring along. My sister had given me a plastic camera that she didn’t want (I don’t know where she acquired it) and a roll of film to go with it. It had flash on it too…
So I went on the trip and (at that time I had no idea what lomography was yet) took some pictures. In a way (truthfully) I was feeling a little inferior to the other girls on the trip coz they all had digital cameras, and I had to “save up” my films. And it got worse when I had to ask someone else to take my pics, they didn’t know how to operate that thing!
Got my films printed when I got back, and the results (at that time) was disappointing. Everything was out of focus, it was dark on all the pictures, but I kept them with fond memories of time spent with my friends. Sadly though, the camera I did not keep.
Years later, now, I find myself looking at pictures taken in the spirit f lomography, I realised I didn’t have to be ashamed of that camera, I was way ahead of a lot of people in lomography, I just didn’t know it!
So, looking at those pictures by other people, I really wanted to kick myself in the shin. And now that I am working and can afford small things I want, I acquired a new holga 135bc, I am loving every minute of it, taking pics! Can’t wait till I get my pictures developed!