This is the story on how I got my first Lomography camera...It all started with a knock on the door. It was the postman with a parcel for me. From the stamps and packaging I knew it was from my brother who lives in Taiwan...
It all started with a knock on the door. It was the postman with a parcel for me. From the stamps and packaging I knew it was from my brother who lives in Taiwan. I opened the packet and there was a yellow and white box with a picture of a rather bizarre looking camera and the word Holga plastered across it.
I had no idea what it was. I’d never heard the word Holga and it looked like a pretty crappy camera to me. But I did trust my brother and he’s pretty good at gifts when he gets around to giving them (the card said happy birthday, but it was two months late… or 10 months early). I carefully opened the box and unearthed the camera and all the extras (film, tape, batteries, two masks and the book). I started looking at the book first. It was love at first sight. I just kept looking at it, amazed by the pictures, intrigued by the story and aching to start taking my own pictures.
My first roll of film was a bit of a dud. I didn’t have any of the dreamy images pictured in the book or on the website, developing was expensive and took ages (the only place I could find took two weeks and even then didn’t scan them.) I was entirely frustrated with the Holga and I practically gave up on it, barely using it for the next two years. I didn’t give up on Lomography though. I found a local supplier and within months of receiving my Holga, I was also the proud owner of the Fisheye and the Supersampler. Both instantly captured my imagination and I didn’t look back.
It wasn’t until my Supersampler suffered an unfortunate incident that I picked up my Holga again. By this time I had found a store that would develop 120 in an hour and scan them so I didn’t have to let my impatience preventing me from using the Holga. My next roll was perfect. Vignetting around the corners, lovely double exposures and vibrant dream-like colours. I’ve had a few crap rolls since then, but I don’t let that get me down because I know that it’s not the camera, it’s just me.
The story between the Spinner 360 and I goes way back to the year 2010, when Lomography decided to send me a beta model of the Spinner 360 to test. It was a complete surprise! I thought, "What the hell is that?" as I first took this camera out of the package. Then, when my little brother grabbed it from me and pulled the cord, it buzzed and turned 360°! We all had the same expression: "Whoa..."
My brother purchased the new Petzal lens by Lomography and Zenit through the Kickstarter campaign. Last spring, I was able to borrow it for a few weeks. Read on to find out my first impressions of this portrait lens!
Exactly seven years ago, I bought this camera from Indonesia's local Lomography community. I remember having some savings in my bank account and just spending it all on this camera. At that time, I browsed the microsite for the Lomography Fisheye No.2 and immediately fell in love with it! Coincidentally, my friend who introduced me to Lomography just bought this same camera for his birthday. My life has changed ever since I had the Fisheye, my first lomographic camera.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
When I was a child, I regularly went to Blaavand, located at the Danish west coast, with my brothers and parents. I stopped going there as I grew up. In 2012 however, we hit the road again. It was my first return visit in about 20 years. I took the chance and packed as many cameras as possible into my luggage. In part two of my journey log, I'm going to show you the pictures I took with my Lomography cameras.
The people of a city, to me, speak volumes about its culture and sense of community. And that is why I sought out the people who make Denver that much more interesting after the initial period of settling down. My search lead to a few establishments that have contributed to making Denver what it is today. In the second story on Transient Living, I present to you two of such establishments: The Craftsman & Apprentice, and A Small Print Shop.
Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!
For three months last year, I traveled to 11 cities of eight Southeast Asian countries. My first destination from my hometown of Seoul was Vietnam. After 10 days in Hanoi, I joined a group tour to Sapa, an area known for its hill tribes. This is a photo story of my two days and one night in this remote but vibrant place.
It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.
“Let me tell you about my life turning blue”. Those were the first words the guy on the bench said as he sat down beside me whilst I was eating my lunch. Usually, I prefer to eat alone but there was something about this opening sentence which really intrigued me; so I told him “Sure buddy, go ahead. Tell me about your life in blue”.
Singapore, like Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, is a likely stopover when you fly far. The city is a tiny urbanized hub but it's very favorable if you know some high-spirited locals. I was lucky to hook up with king kimbo (@hakimbo), who showed me around. He took my lame limbs to the Gardens by the Bay, an amazing place which was visually striking. I was hugging some artificial trees there when I found a baby—a very big baby.
For the past three months, I've been living alternately between three cities: Bandung, Bogor, and Jakarta. I'm originally from Bandung. I now work in Bogor, sometimes in Jakarta. I could be in Bogor on a Friday, Bandung on a Saturday, and Jakarta on a Monday. Shuttling between these three cities, I don't forget to document what I see and experience with my LC-Wide.