It may take a while for some lomographers to figure out the perfect combination of camera, film, and accessory that suit their needs. But, Wessel de Haas, aka wesco, has been extremely lucky to find his early on his journey to Lomography. Find out what film and accessory he likes pairing his La Sardina 8Ball with in this edition of My First Lomo Affair!
Name: Wessel de Haas
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Please tell us more about yourself.
I live in Utrecht, Netherlands. I am happily married and we have two young girls.
I started with analogue photography when I was 11 years old with a simple Kodak Pocket B-1 camera. Later on, I bought a Minolta SLR and started to develop and print my own black and white photos. In 2012, after some years with digital photography, I found my old cameras, and began using them again. I stumbled upon Lomography when I was browsing the internet for 110 format films for my first camera and have been hooked since then!
When was your first try of a Lomography camera or film? What product was it?
Early 2013 when I got myself a La Sardina. I picked it for its ease of use and wide-angle 22mm lens, as I really like that perspective.
Was the Lomography product yours or did you borrow it from a relative or friend?
I ordered the La Sardina 8Ball edition from the Online Shop, together with a Fritz the Blitz 2.0 flash and some Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO film. This is also my favorite combination.
How was the experience? Any funny or strange occurrences?
I got the La Sardina camera just before we went to Lisbon, Portugal for a short city trip last year. I really like the wide-angle view, and I was pretty satisfied with the photos. To my surprise, even with La Sardina’s fixed aperture and shutter speed, you can get nicely exposed pictures when you using an ISO 400 film.
Have you used that Lomography product again? Why or why not?
I use the La Sardina frequently because of its small size and flexibility. I have gathered other analogue cameras, both from Lomography and other manufacturers, but the La Sardina comes back into play regularly as an easy snapshot camera. Paired it with the Fritz the Blitz and you are ready for everything!
Can you share us your favorite or most memorable shot from that First Lomo Affair of yours? Why is it your favorite?
This is my favorite shot from that trip to Lisbon. It’s my three ladies are enjoying the sun at the border of the river. It captures the sunny blue sky and the clouds very nicely. The imperfection of the lens can be seen in the lower right corner, but I really like the wide angle perspective!
How did it affect your love for Lomography/film photography?
Due to the nice results I got from my first Lomography camera, I became even more interested in other Lomo cameras, each with its own specific capabilities. Since then, I have bought more than ten analogue cameras, some of which I have not even used yet. I really like experimenting with all kinds of cameras and films!