March 13, 2011 was the day we finally organized a Lomo meeting in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. There where some start-up problems, but the day itself was a big success!
After some meetings in Amsterdam and Utrecht, I had the idea to organize a Lomo meeting in Nijmegen. I made a blog on lomography.com. There were some responses but not a lot. After that I posted it on the Facebook page of lomographyNLD, and again some responses but still… I was not satisfied. I knew my niece and her boyfriend would join, and @tsjort wanted to come as well. But that was it. lomographyNLD convinced me to continue and I wrote an event on lomography.com. Finally there were a couple of more people who where interested to join. But ’til Sunday it was not sure if they where able to come.
That Sunday came and I was a bit worried when I went to the meeting point. Luckily there was no need to! I saw a girl standing alone and asked her: Lomo? Yes, the first one really came! Then another girl said ‘Hello’, followed by a third. So there we were, with @luasan (a Brazilian girl from Germany), @achocolatemoose (Dutch girl) and @angelf (from the Philippines). A couple of minutes later, @elefteria (half Greek) and @ismikk (Dutch) arrived. And we met @tsjort (Russian) on our way to the centre of Nijmegen. As you can read, there were many nationalities which made it extra fun! And of course lomographyNLD sent me a package with posters and some film. Now we had a project which we took with both hands (Dutch expression).
We walked around the old centre of Nijmegen, and went to the riverside, talked about the history and of course shoot lots of photos. It was a bit cloudy and cold and a couple of films failed (due to overexposure, failing of the camera or ruined by the lab) but still, it was a great meeting, which we will probably do again some time!