Sometimes Film Sucks - That’s Why I’m a Lomographer


Yeah, you heard me. Sometimes film sucks and that's why I do Lomo. Curious? Check out tiro8's list of reasons why...and how this heightens the analogue experience!

Film sucks. I’m not even sure those two words are allowed in the same sentence on this website. But the truth of the matter is, which most of us know, is that sometimes film does suck.

  • You leave the lens cap on for two or three of the 12 square frames on an expensive roll of 120 film.
  • A rhinoceros escaped from the zoo runs down your street, just as you’re rewinding a finished roll of 35mm.
  • Your film leader comes unhitched and the roll stops advancing after only 2 shots.
  • The back of your Holga falls off and most of a roll is ruined.
  • You took what you expected to be a beautiful long exposure only to find out that you guestimated the exposure time wrong and got just a smudgy black frame.

These stuff happens, most of us know from experience. But, that’s the thing. I think some of this stuff is what makes a good Lomography. Well…good; and special. I have photographer friends who tell me, “Everything is digital now. It’s faster, cheaper and there isn’t anything you can do with film that you can’t with digital.” They’re not into Lomo. And I’m not even talking about a lack of appetite for light leaks, grain, imprecise focusing, tinkering, and shooting from the hip. They just consider the process an inconvenience. For a lot of us, I think it’s not just the finished product obtained in an instant that we’re after. It’s the process, the experience. And the knowledge that everything might not come out exactly how we expect is part of what draws us to Lomography.

I’m not saying that shooting analogue is more real than shooting digital. Heck, I like to shoot digital sometimes. But, lo-fi feeds a different part of my soul. The part that is ignited by evenings spent tinkering with a piece of plastic to make it do something new. The part that loves the mystery of multiple exposures. The part that is elated with anticipation after dropping a few rolls off at the lab. The part that rejoices over holding my photos in my hands and thinking of the creativity, experience and chance that made each image what it is – Lomographic art.

written by tiro8 on 2010-06-10 in #news #film #holga #35mm #malfunctions #120 #ruined-film #square-format


  1. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·


  2. kboboland
    kboboland ·

    This is it right here

  3. coldkennels
    coldkennels ·

    Actually, do you know the one thing that annoys me more than any other? Bloody dust on the negatives/scanner. It's such a pain.

  4. eggzakly
    eggzakly ·

    You forgot about "the lab lost my film" or "the roll was just too old"! Although if you left the lens cap on, technically you suck ;)

  5. paramir
    paramir ·

    well spoken! :)

  6. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    beautiful! I just picked up some (many!!!) photos yesterday and the results are not what I spected... so I really know what are you talking about, today more than ever, hehe!

  7. tveden
    tveden ·


  8. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    true haha but still luv lomo :P

  9. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    cool writeup :) I feel the same way!

  10. t0m7
    t0m7 ·

    you're so goddamn right!

  11. toucansam23
    toucansam23 ·

    People leave their caps on? Holy hell! Lomography is still pimpin' though

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