This year has been amazing – one of firsts, new beginnings, and having a renewed, stronger interest in picking up an old hobby.
With us bidding farewell to the year 2013 in just a few days, allow me to take a step back and recall important events where analogue photography played an important part. Each one is just as important as the other, so I’ll go about this in chronological order. This won’t be a long read, but I do hope you guys would enjoy this nonetheless!
Last March, two of my closest friends and I went to Singapore for our first ever trip together. The only actual camera I brought with me was my Vivitar EZ35 and the Lomography Diana F+ Flash, and with these I was also able to shoot outside my homeland for the first time in analogue. It was also the first time in a few years that I picked up a film camera and started shooting again. Anyway, although only one of the two film rolls I used up was exposed properly, I guess it’s still okay since these photos were of my favorite place, the Universal Studios in Sentosa Island.
After March I haven’t really dabbled in photography again, film or otherwise (unless you’ll count taking photos using an iPod Touch 4). But getting hired as a copywriter for the Lomography Magazine (International) here at the Manila office sparked my interest in photography anew. It’s been over three months, and with each passing day I pick up new lessons and tips from both my office mates and the Lomography community not only in analogue photography but on analogue lifestyle in general. I honestly enjoy my new work, and I continue to look forward to the rest of the days that I’ll be spending here.
My very first Lomographic milestone happened on the first day of this month, when I was finally able to shoot using a Lomography camera. With the Sprocket Rocket, I took panoramic shots of the Southern Manila view from atop a high-rise condominium in Makati City. Of course there were a few mishaps along the way, but in the end I can say that the results were good enough for me!
Lastly, just a few weeks ago I was able to finally have this unknown film roll that lay almost forgotten in a cabinet in my room years after I shot with it. Waiting for the developed photos was thrilling, because I didn’t know what sort of shots I took. It was such a relief finally getting my hands on those photos!
Although I’m not completely new to photography, I’m still practically an amateur. But next year I hope to finally learn the ropes in analogue photography and continue learning everything I need in order to at least know my way around the craft.
My 2013 in analogue has been a good one; here’s to hoping that the following year would be just as good, if not better, for all of us. Cheers!