The Magic Yet To Come: Part 1


Here’s a random and rather mysterious tale for you folks. Just the other day, I was at a local bar with a few friends. It was much like any other evening; we were sipping a couple of cocktails, recounting our adventures, falling over ourselves with laughter and half-drunkenly meditating on the meaning of life (a scientist once told me it’s 42 by the way). But then something truly strange happened. Read on to hear my story and please make a comment with your guess at the end!

We’ve met before haven’t we?

I left my friends for a minute to grab a fresh drink from the bar upstairs. It was when I reached the top that I noticed the Barman for the 1st time. He was a rather dapper gent wearing a freshly pressed suit and braces. He felt somehow out of place in the modern interior, like a ghost from former times dropped through the roof into the 21st century. The hazy lighting and smoke wafting in from the ventilator outside only added to the whole air of Film Noir.

When I reached him, he turned his back to me. Then he said the following words slowly into the air, as if to no-one in particular:

“We’ve met before haven’t we?”

(It felt like ‘Lost Highway’ if I think about it now…). Well, I didn’t know what to reply. I certainly couldn’t remember ever meeting this strange fellow before. He seemed totally out of place and I’m sure I would have recalled it if I’d ever laid eyes on him before. But I’d also had a couple of drinks and wasn’t sure if my hearing was tricking me somehow. So I chose to ignore the comment.

“Please can I have a Gin Tonic?”

“You’re hanging by a thread”, he replied.


“You asked for a Gin Tonic, Sir?”

“Yes, sorry, I did. A Gin Tonic would be great”

How bizarre! (but more bizarre was yet to come). The Barman acted as though he’d never said the last two sentences. Maybe I’d just misheard him I thought, as he finished pouring my drink and passed it over the bar to me.

“Thanks for the drink”, I said as I began walking away from him.

“Thank me later” The Barman answered.

I was extremely confused and began to hurry away from the bar. But in my rush to get away from this surreal encounter, I tripped on my shoelaces which had somehow become loose. And in the next second I flew through the air and up over the railing on the stairs. Luckily, before it was too late I grabbed onto one of the rails and clung on. I stared down and there were my friends looking up at me – smiling and seemingly unconcerned by my temporary misfortune.

So there I was, dangling above my friends, almost by a thread. And there they were, staring right back up at me as if nothing had happened. It was at this moment that I noticed something intriguing in the scene which seemed to make everything clear. Was it something to do with the Barman? Or was it something to do with my friends? Well, I’m afraid I can’t tell you yet!

The Challenge For You…

All I can say is all this relates to a brand new Lomographic secret which I cannot disclose. And as a clue for you: When the Barman said “We’ve met before” he was right (kind of). For now, I’d love for you to take a guess about what’s on the way and comment with it. We will even be awarding 20 Piggy Points to the 10 people who make the funniest and craziest guesses about what could be on the way as part of our mystery stories (don’t worry about them having to be true!). And please share the news of my story with your friends; who knows, perhaps then it will be easier to work out the secret. Hopefully my tales will become less cryptic in the coming days! I look forward to hearing what you think…

written by Lomography on 2014-09-02 in #news #the-magic-yet-to-come


  1. carsten-schmitt
    carsten-schmitt ·

    Explosive Nitro film from the beginning of cine film! ;-)

  2. robertofiuza
    robertofiuza ·

    Could it be a time travel device, shaped as a camera? Will it allow us to go back in time and buy fresh ektachrome elite?

  3. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    i be for a instamatic-camera with two focal length.. like the olympus af-10 twin.. haha.. would be great.. and a instamatic x-pro lomo film <3 <3 <3

  4. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    or we get a clone from us to go to work and we can spent all the time to take pictures :P

  5. lzyrich
    lzyrich ·

    Kodak Cine Black and White film?

  6. cabreb
    cabreb ·

    A reality warping camera that lets you bring the lomographic style out of the film: it takes perfect normal pictures, but warps reality with colours, flares, hues and imperfections (or makes it grey and grainy if you use black and white film). A special add-on lens will be included: it will let you warp the scene following your stream of consciousness! This explains the strange encounter with the bartender (when you're a little drunk your thoughts aren't always full of sense and logic). The effect isn't permanent: its special shutter lets you decide how long the effect will last.
    What do you think? Maybe I am the drunk one here :D

  7. stratski
    stratski ·

    Easy-peasy. We've met before: we're talking about an older product, something that allready exists. Hanging by a tread: with a Pull cord. Then the girl that is singled is wearing glasses, she can be called four eyes. Four eyed camera with a pull cord: supersampler. The girl also has a T-shirt saying: YOU ARE and a pair of binocular-like things, clearly referring to a tele lens. Although the distorted reality also points to more distorting lenses, like a fisheye (reflected in the position of the friends) and a tilt/shift lens (the binoculars are tilted). So it must me a supersampler type camera with four different lenses: a regular lens, tele lens, fisheye and tilt/shift lens. With a flash of course, as you can see from the flash reflections in everyones' eyes. What else could it be?

  8. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Lomography Color Infra Red Film (135mm) (fresh)

  9. tomas_bates
    tomas_bates ·

    Loving the guesses so far guys and girls! Please keep the crazy ideas coming! @stratski like you say, what else could it be ;-)

  10. kleinerkaries
    kleinerkaries ·

    Camera Obscura & Laterna Magica...

  11. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    I think it's geo-tagging for analogue pictures on this site. We will be connected to share stories, with the fellow lomographers, that have been at the same places. I think lomography will give proposals about what to discuss and enhance the experiences one had at that particular places. It will make the sharing component of travel lomography more valuable. Sounds like a little thing, but it will be huge and a new step for bringing analogue content into the digital age...

  12. objectionableconformity
    objectionableconformity ·

    The first time i read this i was half asleep and thought it said batman. The whole story then i pictured batman at the bar in a suit but still wearing his cowl, handing out drinks.

  13. merveengin
    merveengin ·

    absolutely something squre :)

  14. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Bringing back old film sizes!! Like 127, 620, 828, 126 Instamatic!! And my favorite 115... how about a big sturdy box camera fitting #115 roll films, give it a 180mm f/5.6 Petzval and a magnetically run, variable Packard type behind the lens shutter and diaphragm to f/64?? 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch negatives!! The artsy-fartsy crowd would love you forever!! My grandmother had a "Corona Camara #115" when I was a child, and it was as big as a lunch box.

  15. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    A 126 format film camera!

  16. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    @stratski, brilliant! I think you're onto something. :) Hopefully it won't fail on the second roll like my Supersamplers.

  17. kleinerkaries
    kleinerkaries ·

    I love @wil6ka 's idea!

  18. gotsnarky
    gotsnarky ·

    I compact Kino powered Lomography Drone that loads up with black and white film and lets you take over head shots.

  19. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    so there is a wino with his wino friends meeting the alcohol keeper twice!? read the true story.

    the other day the folks from LSI were quite happy having a company outing in a bar in vienna. the evening was still young, lately the new products were selling good so matthias was i agood mood and as we say in german "hatte die spendierhosen an" - which means he felt generous. so LSI spent some kickstarter money from petzval or russar on gin tonic, cuba libre and other drinks which after two or three will make you think the witch from hansel and gretel looks not like your most desired girl but pretty enough to bust a move. suddenly LSI noticed they had spent too many drinks and as there wasn't enough money left to get the next batch of lenses they had to come across quick with a new idea to make the easy money. but hey heads were turning already, so more drinks were needed, more money going up the chimney! tricky situation as you might imagine.
    and then there was this situation mentioned above. but there is an easy explanation. turning, drinking, stumbling and this was the stumbling rock. when falling over the laces it was quite clear to everybody the only solution is: laces that don't become loose and which can be used as cable release. so there was this idea to explore other markets: wire laces which can be used as cable release when pulling them off. that is what happens if you need an idea when you are drunk. but nobody using an iphone need a cable release and reebok, vans and nikes don't even have laces nowadays. and there was this echo in matthias ear: we've met before! gin tonic, laces, meeting the barkeeper twice and suddenly "thread" popped in his mind. what is a thread good for? *aaargh* it is so hard to think with multiple gin tonics, one mai-tai, several shots and a witch by your side asking you for a taxi. at this point matthias eyes were producing already the best petzval party bokeh shots you would have ever seen on film. when ordering the next drink it then happened. he looked at the barkeeper, petzval gin tonic bokeh made him lose balance so he turned and suddenly he saw not twice but for the second time. damn: it was so easy! making a 360 is the hit. thread, turning, lens meeting twice: this is a true spinner story! which means we now get a spinner limited barkeeper edition where you you can take off the grip and use it as a shaker. inside there is even a small aluminium plate with holes inside so when using the cord you can make crushed ice for your drink. a true and real wino edition. and maybe the new edition has a tripod mount so we still get the laces-cable-release so we can even look cool on our shots when holding a drink on the pic. believe me guys those austrians put it on a higher level. they finally realized that without any political utopia all that is left for us is analogue lifestyle and some drinks to make the world a better place - at least for a few hours.

  20. stratski
    stratski ·

    Could be, could be. BUT! But. You're forgetting a few things (probably due to excessive alcohol use). Look at the picture and you see two people with glasses and two people with uncannily identical chins (the zoomed in girl and the guy next to her). Two plus two is four, so a for lensed camera. Although it could be that those four lenses double as shot glasses, I'll give you that.

  21. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    I love the idea of a 4 lens camera that takes 4 different types of images in the block of four. A two lens camera would also be interesting, make it with an instant back..........another terrific idea would be an EBS camera with lens on both sides, another of @stratski 's great ideas, the Janus.

  22. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    I ridiculous giant supersampler that has 4 Petzval lenses!
    I had a funny feeling it was going to be super sampler related before I even read the article. Proof.

  23. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    Diana Mini with premium glass wide lens or a pocket camera that can zoom in or zoom out. Camera that produce square images. Square format using 35mm. A proper camera that produce square without sacrificing your negatives so the gap between images on the negatives is less than square images on LC-Wide or Diana Mini itself. SQUARE FTW!!!

  24. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    Intriguing mystery indeed! I think it's gonna be a LOMO Yo-Yo Spinner that shoots while rotating 360° degrees on the way down and 360° on the way back up again, giving wild 720° spiral shots that make the viewer feel like they've been drinking absinthe! That would explain the 'thread' (the yo-yo string) and the "We've met before" (you capture the same scene twice in each shot). Would be awesome for dangling over the Grand Canyon!

  25. cecile1138
    cecile1138 ·

    an actionsampler with a zoom?!?

  26. mmxi
    mmxi ·

    tagging people in pictures

  27. smallone
    smallone ·

    Well .. in this story the male barman was the girl in the photo ...

  28. bravopires
    bravopires ·

    A liftcamera with mosquito eyes!

  29. yonosoydeaqui
    yonosoydeaqui ·

    an affordable glass zoom lens to be able to find your friends despite high levels of alcohol

  30. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    no offense meant in any way!!! just another sense of humor i guess. it is fiction, feel free to erase.

  31. jessipch
    jessipch ·

    The lomography society just learned the technology of taking movable picture, like those in Harry potter. Your friends used this new lomo camera and took a photo, at the same time when the shuutdr was pressed, a time vortex was created and a copy of the photo sent back in time to the barman. The barman travelled forward in time and thought you guys had met before!

  32. imalaura
    imalaura ·

    improbability drive for the 36 spinner , Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy .

  33. teke99
    teke99 ·

    @imalaura Best Game 10/10 always killed by the bulldozer

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