The Best of Both Worlds: Two Countries in One Frame


Returning to my birth country with a newborn passion for photography has led me to one exciting opportunity: catching two countries in one roll of film. Read on for my experience in reconnecting with my roots, analogue style!

I re-discovered the world of analog photography through a friend and from then, film photography has been a part of my continuous journey in interpreting my surroundings through the viewfinder. I moved from the Philippines to Canada with my family in 2003, and photography has helped me remember and capture my life as it changes right in front of me.

In 2008 I was able to go back to the Philippines for a short vacation. Armed with my LC-A, I roamed around the cities where I spent my childhood and teenage life; shooting everything that my eyes laid sight on. Time was running fast for me, as my stay there was brief.

Time may be short, but I was lucky to meet some people from Lomomanila. Jerome aka middlegrey and Jim aka stitch were more than gracious to share their passion for photography. Before I left, middlegrey gave me an already-exposed roll of Fuji Astia 100 and told me to use it to take photos of Canada.

Two years after that, I finally managed to re-expose that film. I was ecstatic. The result was not just mind-blowing as the colors and exposure went wild. The photos were also thought-provoking for me. I think that this roll, no matter how mundane it may sound to some, is special. It made me nostalgic and I think it is amazing that with the help of a friend, we were able to capture two countries that are so dear to me. Being able to do that through photography means a lot, and it is an opportunity that I would like to experience again.

written by gelagoo on 2010-10-04 in #lifestyle #manila #canada #manitoba #multiexposure #memories #lomomanila #lc-a #winnipeg #doubles #fuji-astia-100 #philippines


  1. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    I was also living for this camera this summer and I love the reference to "megalo mart"

  2. paramir
    paramir ·

    great story and images. collage of memories and the present...

  3. gelagoo
    gelagoo ·

    Thank you everyone! Also, Kudos to my friend who did the multi-exposure with me. :)

  4. remahor
    remahor ·

    great nostalgic experience

  5. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    If you've got a similar analogue story to tell, please do drop us a line!

More Interesting Articles

  • My First Lomo Affair: Jmcedo and his LC-A+

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-09-13 in #world #lifestyle
    My First Lomo Affair: Jmcedo and his LC-A+

    Joan Manel Cedó is an avid fan of extreme sports. He has been a rock climber for two decades and has also gained interest in kitesurfing over the years. In both sports, he tries to incorporate his passion for photography. In this instalment of My First Lomo Affair, he talks about how he chance upon the carefree style of shooting with the LC-A+ and all the adventures that followed this discovery.

  • Through New York City with Markus Hartel and the New Russar+

    written by zonderbar on 2015-09-11 in #people #lomoamigos
    Through New York City with Markus Hartel and the New Russar+

    New York City-based graphic designer Markus Hartel has a passion for street photography. On one of his last strolls through the city, he captured some scenes on the busy streets with the New Russar+ Lens. Read on to learn about his experience photographing with the Russar+ and get insider info on how it is to be a street photographer in the Big Apple.

  • The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    written by wil6ka on 2015-04-09 in #world #locations
    The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    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.

  • Shop News

    New Item: Revolog 36exp Plexus

    New Item: Revolog 36exp Plexus

    Feeling experimental? We have the perfect film for you. Load up a roll of Revolog Plexus 200 on your favorite 35mm camera and shoot as you normally would.

  • Testing a Roll of Found Film

    written by billseye on 2015-07-20 in #gear #lifestyle
    Testing a Roll of Found Film

    In one of my vintage hunts, I bought a camera for $2. It came with an unexposed roll of film. After using up the last frames, I discovered that this old camera has Lomographic qualities.

  • Two Days and One Night in Vibrant Sapa

    written by choidaehan on 2015-05-13 in #world #lifestyle #locations
    Two Days and One Night in Vibrant Sapa

    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.

  • Something New: Cutting my Analogue Teeth with the La Sardina in Vietnam

    written by _analogue on 2015-01-22 in #lifestyle
    Something New: Cutting my Analogue Teeth with the La Sardina in Vietnam

    I began 2015 with my first foray into the exciting world of analogue photography. With La Sardina in hand, I flew to Hanoi, Vietnam tentative, insecure, yet excited beyond words. How did I fare for my very first roll of film?

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • Lomo’Instant on a Sunny Day

    written by jacobs on 2014-11-06 in #gear #tipster
    Lomo’Instant on a Sunny Day

    I recently had the opportunity to take the world’s most creative instant camera — the Lomo'Instant — for a stroll on an unusually warm and sunny November day. My goal was to acquaint myself with the endlessly cool features and infinite possibilities the camera possesses while creating some beautiful photographs in the meantime. Read on to see the results!

  • Wanted: Copywriting and Online Marketing Interns For Lomography HQ!

    written by shhquiet on 2015-07-14 in #world #news
    Wanted: Copywriting and Online Marketing Interns For Lomography HQ!

    Are you passionate about creative and experimental photography? Do you want to know what it's like working at the Lomography Headquarters? Experience it first-hand by applying for internship! Currently we have two opportunities available, if you're interested in Copywriting or Online Marketing. Read more details after the jump!

  • 12 Months, 12 Projects: May - Color Filters with Black and White Film

    written by Maaike van Stratum on 2015-06-04 in #world #tipster
    12 Months, 12 Projects: May - Color Filters with Black and White Film

    My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. In May, I experimented with color filters to see if they can change how a black and white picture looks.

  • Shop News

    Fuji Instax Wide 300

    Fuji Instax Wide 300

    Shoot wider and bigger with this new instax camera that has film format twice the size of the instax mini films!

  • 10 Films We’d Like to See at Cannes 2015

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-05-13 in #world #news #lifestyle #videos
    10 Films We’d Like to See at Cannes 2015

    The Cannes Film Festival showcases some of the world's best cinematographic masterpieces. It is an annual event that is highly anticipated by fans and connoisseurs of both mainstream and independent cinema. This year's festival has officially opened and film buffs everywhere are excited, at the same time curious, about which film will win the Palme d'Or. We are in no position to predict the winner, but we do have our favorites, from the ones in competition and otherwise. In no definitive order, here is a list of 10 films that we'd like to see.

  • Lomo'instant Party Recap UK

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-11-18 in #news
    Lomo'instant Party Recap UK

    Last week we celebrated the arrival of the Lomo'Instant camera at the Lomography Soho Store with a huge launch party. We opened our doors late to showcase this exciting new compact instant camera! We gave you the chance to hold this beauty in your hands and have your photo taken in our instant photobooth. Read on to catch the event highlights.

  • Newcomer of the Week: kristenwithacamera

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-06-21 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Newcomer of the Week: kristenwithacamera

    Shooting on film is an integral part of Kristen's identity. She mostly dedicates her work to Upstate New York, specifically the Catskill Mountains, where she grew up. Falling in love with the LomoChrome Purple's charm led her to setting up a LomoHome. In this interview, she talks more about her passion for shooting in purple and her upcoming exhibit featuring some of her LomoChrome Purple photographs that she printed on metal.