My Analogue Heart


So I have been missing from the Lomography world for a while now. I am unsure what happened but something inside me broke, something went, something unseen, unheard and unknown silently left and analogue photography, film, cameras and Lomo was nothing more than a void.

Credits: mattcharnock

Films gathered dust in forgotten parts of darkened basements, my cameras once an arsenal that followed me every where stared blankly at me from their display case seemingly indifferent to their demotion to museum pieces.

I turned to my Digital camera, shooting everything on that, gratifying myself with instant results, with control. It was free, it was easy, it was an affair. A brave new world of discovery. Playing with white balance and flirting with exposure rolling in the bed of photo-shop and discovering true control over an image, and it was glorious. It was the big love. The problem with big love, with any love is that at some point it changes. You realize that the little things you once found cute begin to annoy you, the charm goes stale, the one sided control creates an uneven relationship, that the bright shining brilliance of it all is, in fact, not so brilliant, bright or shiny. I felt Clinical. Sterile. Desaturated.

Just before Christmas I was asked to shoot an exhibition called “Digital Natives”. The term: “Digital Natives”, describes those born in the digital era, where internet, Ipods, mobile phones, HDTV, sat nav, and more technology than Starfleet could have dreamed, are not just a way of life but a part of life, as essential as a fridge or a cooker. The exhibition was fantastic, a cacophony of technology. Interactive displays beautifully designed bringing enjoyment to everyone. Everything lit up and demanded attention, touch screens were caressed and pawed and seemed to purr with delight. The ambient light that each display gave off made shooting it a treat. The guests explored and played and were totally in their world, in their element. And then there was me. A little older than the Digital Natives, who had been involved in the creation of this techno wonderland. I walked through them, round them, unnoticed, invisible because people chose not to see me, as I worked and took the pictures I needed. The more unnoticed I went the more I realized that I am not a digital native.

Credits: mattcharnock

I didn’t belong. I took a moment to edit the images on the LCD screen, and I felt something. Ancient and brilliant, full of colour, of light. My analogue heart had not left. I had been shooting as if I were shooting with a Lomo camera, taking note of the details, shooting from the hip to capture something unseen, changing the white balance so the colours were slightly out, slightly x pro.

My analogue heart was beating again. (Man, I can be cheesy at times)

written by mattcharnock on 2011-03-21 in #lifestyle #analogue #lifestyle #mattcharnock


  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Welcome back , man... <:))

  2. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Welcome back , man... <:))

  3. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    this was a good read - i cried, mate. and it's good to cry sometimes :)

  4. disdis
    disdis ·

    Glad you're back, man! I was missing you!

  5. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    welcome back :D

  6. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    good to hear you are back, matt. happy friday!

  7. cruzron
    cruzron ·


  8. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    You're the man!

  9. mochilis
    mochilis ·

    Great article! Welcome back :)

  10. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    Yea!!! We missed you around here <3

  11. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Welcome back!

  12. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Welcome back Matt, and happy to see that your analogue heart is beating again! And you didn't lost neither your great writing style I enjoy so much to read! :))

  13. liachan
    liachan ·

    amazing article ;) thanks for sharing!

  14. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    analogue is the future, welcome back in the family!

  15. stouf
    stouf ·

    Well, that's about fuckin' time ! Leave that digital bitch behind ! 8D

  16. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    We missed you! Welcome back!

  17. dogma
    dogma ·

    Welcome back mate! nice to see you here again!

  18. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    I love you man.

  19. jaguarwomon
    jaguarwomon ·

    I second what stouf said!

  20. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    Thanks for the comments dudes! this is a link to the digital natives shots and if you can look past the digital stuff i think you might be able to see what i mean.;id=672080182

  21. niko_fuzzy
    niko_fuzzy ·

    welcome back! :D

  22. minty_
    minty_ ·

    welcome back! truly a great article.

  23. woosang
    woosang ·

    I know the situation . We always return eh!? Welcome back

  24. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    yes cheesy, but good cheesy :)

  25. creative_epi
    creative_epi ·

    Thank you so much for that ... my entire degree was spent using analogue but trying to correct it to be a commercial existence and I rebelled against it until I finally crumbled ... then ... I left Uni and have been trying to build a portfolio with a digital camera to suit the commercial ... wedding, event, glamour circuit !! but actually I hat it and nothing is going right for me !! .... This sight has brought me back to where my heart is, I got film yesterday and this week I am going out and about with my analogue head. I totally see what your on about and maybe working the analogue into the digital is the next phase. But first its analogue all the way♥

  26. creative_epi
    creative_epi ·

    In fact I have a box full of negatives .... oooh

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