A Journey With My New Friend

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This is the story of my encounter as a first time Lomographer, and a documentation of the start of a fulfilling relationship with the Diana Mini.

After a few years of being consumed by the labor of a new job, I’ve finally started to find myself again…..and this time I’m not alone*, my new friend Diana is joining me.

I’m not quite sure why I decided for her to join me at this point, I had vaguely heard of Lomography and seen about 3 pictures, but that’s as far as it went. Then, while putting an itinerary together for a student trip to Barcelona (myself being the lecturer organizing it), I came across the Lomography shop and decided it’s an ideal place for us designers to visit…and so we went.

And that’s when it hit me, literally like a kid in a sweet shop; I was spinning around trying to take in all the colours and visual stimuli, wanting to look and touch everything all at once. I took in a deep breath, slowed down, and started to look at all the photographs (untouched by digital software), cameras, books, gadgets and accessories – I wasn’t going to leave this place without taking something home with me.

Needless to say I was there for a while, fortunately with colleagues who were also in their element. Now, a decision needs to be made, what do I want? What will I actually use regularly? What type of photographer am I? What will rejuvenate an old, and almost forgotten passion?

I knew I was desperate, desperate to go back to the days where you had to use your imagination and (some) knowledge of the camera. Back when you never quite knew what you would end up with, if anything at all! I miss the anticipation of using film, sending it to the shop, waiting, wondering, and hoping that it all turned out ok with a few happy accidents. I love happy accidents. As much as I’m more than satisfied with my new micro four thirds, it does what it does, and I can manipulate its settings to get the ‘perfect’ shot. But that’s too easy.

And then I saw her, the cute little thing, almost (but not quite) being overshadowed by her big sis, black with a touch of turquoise, all wrapped up ready for a new home.

I deliberated, asking myself if this was the right choice, deciding if I should get the extras or the package now, or wait and see how it all turns out….I grabbed the box, no more thinking, must buy! So, there I am, at the till, eager to get back to the hostel and see how this thing works, and more importantly start taking pictures.

Admittedly the first roll wasn’t the best, but I had already started shooting the second roll back home before the first one was developed. So that’s it, this is where I am now, writing this quite early on in the relationship, knowing that this is just the very beginning of what will be a fun and fulfilling journey, full of anticipation and surprise.

And hopefully, you will join me on this journey, and with such an amazing community, I know I will be joining you on yours!

*I must add that I have a loving & supporting husband who’s been at my side and in my heart for 12 years. The loneliness merely represents that part of you which not even your soul mate can tap into, the part of you that belongs to you and you alone….until the Diana Mini that is.

written by angelc5 on 2011-01-28 in #lifestyle #plastic #found #barcelona #film #newbie #passion #analogue-lifestyle #lomography-store #journey #35mm #diana-mini

5 Comments

  1. eremigi
    eremigi ·

    Ooooh, I know the feeling ("like a kid in a sweet shop"): it happens to me every time. Join the club :-) Very nicely written! And I will be definitely follow your journey :-)

  2. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    I love my MINI.

  3. upstart_thunder
    upstart_thunder ·

    awwwww brilliant x

  4. titidvivant
    titidvivant ·

    Thanks for putting yourself out there like that, it really taps into what it means to have a relationship with a camera. Makes me want to downsize my collection so that they can get the attention they deserve. :-)

  5. angelc5
    angelc5 ·

    @titidvivant - I know what I mean, I have my eye on the LC-A+, but I need to get more use out of the mini first otherwise it might get left behind! I don't want that yet....

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