While I made my first steps as a Lomographer in 2012, in 2013 I really made large steps in the Lomography community, with more cameras, films, articles and rumbles. Read on for my highlights of last year and the big bang at the end!
Early in the year I participated in the Dutch Lomography plan with Boris-the-Pass-thru-Lomo where a special Lomo LC-A+ visited Lomo members for a week. During this week I shot a roll of film with some nice results.
Around the same time I bought my first Lomography camera, a La Sardina 8-ball with Fritz the Blitz. A great camera to start with, due to its wide-angle lens and easy handling. The La Sardina joined us on a short city trip to Lisbon, where I snapped photos all around. We really enjoyed the nice weather and the great atmosphere there.
As a true Lomo man you should own and use at least one 120 camera, so I fell for a discounted Holga 120CFN in army green color. One of my first photos with that Holga made it into the Handpicked section, resulting in more than 100 likes! That was really nice from all the community members!
I also started to develop and print my own black-and-white photos again, which I had done before during my student years. I found it very satisfying to see my own images showing up in the darkroom.
I found a very welcoming photoshop in my hometown Utrecht, Foto de Zavel, which specializes in analogue photography. I have all my color film developed there and bought a nice Olympus Trip 35. I also bought a Minolta X-500 SLR on our Dutch internet marketplace to replace the broken Minolta XG-2 which I had used in my younger years.
During a short break to the isle of Texel I found out that my Lomohome was selected as Lomohome of the Day, picturing one of my recent photos with my new Minolta.
In the mean time I was writing various articles for the Lomography magazine, and participating in various rumbles. Together with the piggies I had received for Lomohome of the Day, I was able to buy a Belair X 6-12 City Slicker. I wrote a film review of the Lomography Earl Grey 120 film, shot with the Belair, and that article was translated in seven other languages! It’s great to find out that other Lomographers appreciate your writing and take the time to translate them (Okay, I wrote the translation into Dutch myself).
During our summer holiday we traveled to Innsbruck for a few days and then we went on to Tuscany in Italy. During these days I shot a lot of rolls with my new Belair on various types of film. Of course, your 120 rolls will go quite fast when you shoot them in 6×12 format with the Belair.
Our last week in Italy was near Venice, also a great place to take some nice pictures. With various cameras and films with me, it was sometimes difficult to select which cameras and film rolls to bring for the day.
I also shot a roll of redscale film during our holidays, and when a Dutch Lomography rumble came up together with travel agency Eliza was here, I selected one of my redscale photos to write a blog entry about for this rumble. And as a big surprise, I won the first prize in this rumble! This prize consists of a luxurious holiday of a week for two persons to Lefkas in Greece, and a premium Lomography camera.
This big prize was really the crown on my Lomography year of 2013! So you can expect more photos, albums, lomowalls, articles and rumble entries in the year 2014, and an extensive report about our holiday to Greece with the Horizon Perfekt. Lomo on!