Our Newcomers Speak About Their Analogue Adventure

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In this age where almost everything is made easy by technology, it's refreshing to see new breed of photographers still choosing the analogue way.

Drove by innate curiosity or encouraged by longtime film shooters, we all got different backstories on why we landed on our own analogue adventures. For most of us, shooting with a film camera is a liberating experience. The comfort brought by digital cameras is somehow tempting at times but nothing beats the joy and thrill of not knowing what you’ve caught on film until you have your rolls processed.

Today, we gather some of our finest and most talented newcomers to share their insights on shooting film and on what ignites their burning passion and love for Lomography.

antiox from Singapore, Singapore

JC Gratila aka antiox

In this digital age, why still film?

There is something about film that feels tangible and dreamy at the same time. Shooting film wants you to work hard and think thoroughly about each shot. Experimenting and playing around with film allows your creativity to flow.

Shooting film makes you feel like a little kid inside a candy store. Whether you are on your way to the lab to pick up your processed films, or simply waiting for your films to be delivered to your home. Also, people get amazed when they found that you have produced that stunning photograph with a film camera. Film is timeless. Long live film!

As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?

Rule No. 10: Don’t worry about any rules! You have the freedom to do anything with your camera and film. To shoot however you want. To shoot whatever you want. Let your instincts guide you, go with the flow, and just have fun with it. Reject reality and build your own through the camera’s lens!

morninglight from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Parisa Sabah Aaliyah Vaiszadeh aka morninglight

How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?

s0y introduced me to the Lomography community. She works in the Lomography shop in Amsterdam and she helped me with all my film-related questions. If I have any difficulties or questions, I can always go there to get help.

What are you looking forward to in our Community?

I am looking forward to learning more from the fantastic tipsters and getting creative ideas and feedback from all the Community members.

theisleofadventure from United Kingdom

Rebecca Shevels aka theisleofadventure

In this digital age, why still film?

It’s more fun! I love the unpredictability of film cameras. I love the light leaks and mystery marks. I love that I can see reflections inside the lens. It is exciting to wait for the film to get developed and having no idea which shots have worked or how they’ll come out, or if they’ll even come out at all!! Also having a limited amount of shots means I’ll not be wasting time standing in one spot just to take 10 photos of the same thing.

Your favorite analogue camera as of the moment? Why?

My Holga was my first Lomography camera. My sister gave it to me as a Christmas present so it is quite sentimental. It was like being a little kid again and getting all excited over a present under the tree. Once I unwrapped it enough to see what was inside, I couldn’t get the paper off quick enough!

Since then, I’ve got a Lubitel 166B, a Fisheye camera, a random old 110 camera and a Vivitar Focus Free PN2011. It’s fair to say I’m completely hooked but I think Holga will always be my favorite. It does everything I want. I can use it with both 120 mm and 35 mm films. Although the Holga is plastic, it is not too fragile so I can take it everywhere without being terrified of breaking it. I am incredibly clumsy! Mostly I love the effects from the plastic lens and the surprising effects it creates.

alyssa_apollo from Krasnodar, Russian Federation

Alyssa Esikova aka alyssa_apollo

How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?

My husband, a journalist and a photographer, advised me to learn more about the Community after he saw my first attempts at Lomography. My first visit to the website was like a jump in the ocean – a whole new universe of people shooting with film cameras!

As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?

Rule No. 1: Take your camera everywhere you go. You never know what awaits you around the bend.

efrost from Berlin, Germany

Erika aka efrost

In this digital age, why still film?

This is a classic case of “I have a digital camera but I never use it.” The digital camera does nothing for me. On the other hand, analog is so much fun and I can use it as a creative outlet. One of the things I love the most about shooting analogue is its ability to do multiple exposures, which I could not do with most digital cameras. Even if I can, it would just kill all the excitement!

As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?

That would definitely be Rule No. 1: Take your camera everywhere you go. I even bought a Diana Baby 110 so I can always have a camera on hand. I’m sure everyone else in the community is familiar with those “Ugh, Why didn’t I bring a camera?!” moments. I got tired of missing great photo opportunities and just decided to get one of the smallest and lightest cameras in the Lomography Store.

iam_srs from Grand Rapids, United States

Sigmund Steiger aka iam_srs

How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?

When I was in my early high school days I was into skateboarding, and a magazine I was subscribed to was advertising Lomography’s Fisheye One camera. I was intrigued by the camera’s odd design and idealized the concept of shooting film, even if I knew nothing about it. I got a film camera for my birthday and have vigorously followed the Lomography Community since!

What are you looking forward to in our Community?

I’m constantly seeking for new techniques on film baths and fun experiments in the Tipsters section. Also, it’s inspiring to see articles by already established community members about manipulating and controlling film.

macosta from Brazil

Marília Costa aka macosta

In this digital age, why still film?

I like film because you cannot overuse it. Well, at least not me. You just can’t take 15 photos of the same thing and later choose which the best one.

When I was little, my parents used to take only one or two films to their trips because it was so expensive. They took photos and they couldn’t see if these were good or not. It would take so much time to develop the films. Also, It will take months for them to see the photos. Sometimes, they see photographs they have no recollection of ever shooting. That’s what I love about film cameras, they make remembering so magical!

Your favorite analogue camera as of the moment? Why?

At the moment, my Holga. She has just become my best friend. She’s simple to use and I never had problems with her. Well, except for the photos she accidentally takes in my purse. I love the effects Holga produces and it’s very practical to use.

moseslau1988 from Singapore, Singapore

Moses Lau aka moseslau1998

How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?

Well, I got my first Lomo camera as a present from my cousin. From there, I decided to know more about the Community and my desire to shoot in film eventually grow. I fell in love with the imperfections of shooting film and how it can make every photo beautiful.

In this digital age, why still film?

The advancement of technology will never beat the soft grain of film. Many of my friends ask me why I prefer film over digital. And I always tell them that shooting digital is like trapping your imagination in a cage. But with shooting film, your imagination can burst out free! You can just shoot and get funky!

thevisualist from Vienna, Austria

Chris aka thevisualist

In this digital age, why still film?

After years of digital photography I thought analogue is dead until I read about Caffenol developing. I just had to try it. So, I pulled out my 1980s SLR camera and started shooting and developing with coffee. Since that day, I’m infected!

Your favorite analogue camera as of the moment? Why?

The Lomo LC-A which I bought in Vienna earlier this year. It waited for almost 18 years on its unopened, original box. The packaging’s date is March 1996! :)

nutallia from Philippines

Talia Enriquez aka nutallia

How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?

I don’t quite remember how I stumbled upon Lomography. I guess it was because of Tumblr and that time I am really obsessed with the Diana Mini. Or maybe those numerous times we’d go to Team Manila and I’d see those colorful cameras they’re selling. Either way, all the pictures I saw in Lomography inspired me and heightened my desire to own a Diana Mini.

Getting the Diana Mini is one of the happiest moments in my life. I told myself that I’d just use one film a month but then life happened and I suddenly found myself using up one roll per week for three straight weeks! But despite my wallet weeping and crying for mercy, I went on clicking. I got my first two rolls developed and the results made me very happy. My test roll wasn’t so bad and the second roll was clearly an improvement. My pictures from the second film roll are digital scans so I decided to join Lomography to share my pictures with the world!

In this digital age, why still film?

I’ve tried using DSLRs and they’re a bit too much for me. I like things that are simple and easy. You might say that I should just get a point and shoot camera but I believe that photography is a form of art. I like how unique and thrilling it is to use analogue cameras – the raw quality of the pictures and the imperfections that come with it.

The mere fact that film photography forces me to get my pictures developed. Plus the adorable reaction of people who’d see an analogue camera for the first time. It’s just priceless.

Film photography changes your life. It changes how you look at things and at life itself. Every moment becomes an opportunity and every opportunity becomes a memory. It semi-forces you to live in the moment, something I’ve been trying to do ever since I entered high school.

Film is just awesome. I thank the people who thought of keeping it alive. May it stay alive for as long as the earth spins!

written by icequeenubia on 2014-03-26 in #news

One Comment

  1. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    It's so great to see new film users. Their ideas are exactly right. I've been shooting film for 68 years and I still love it!
    By the way, iam_srs, hello from Howell.

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