My Lomo Story - On the Rebound

7

Lomography came to me during a very difficult time in my life. I had just broken up with a girl I was with for seven years a lot of friendships on the verge of being ripped apart. My family had just migrated to a different country miles away and had to reestablish themselves all over again. Lastly, I was to live my life completely alone suddenly charged with a truck load of uncertainty and responsibilities to fulfill.

Lomography came to me during a very difficult time in my life. I had just broken up with a girl I was with for seven years a lot of friendships on the verge of being ripped apart. My family had just migrated to a different country miles away and had to reestablish themselves all over again. Lastly, I was to live my life completely alone suddenly charged with a truck load of uncertainty and responsibilities to fulfill.

When I was little, I had always wanted to get into photography while my cousins dreamt of houses and fancy cars my dream was to have my very own camera, and I didn’t even want an SLR. For an 8 year old boy, the distinction between a professional camera and a point and shoot 35mm was an alien concept. Maybe I just wanted to take pictures of my crush at school, I’m not really sure. But I never did get a camera of my own. As I grew up my courtship with photography took an all too uninspired turn.I was assigned as the photographer of the school paper for my high school and all I had was a random P&S film camera I took everywhere with me under my often stained school polo. Little did I know, this would be a glimpse of how I carry my LC-A. Sometimes, still with a dirty polo.

It wasn’t till 2007 that we bought our first family digital camera.This rekindled my interest in photography but it wasn’t until five months later that I would fall for the quirky shots with vivid colors and awesome vignettes that was Lomography.

I remember it being a late Sunday evening, between surfing channels I switched the TV just in time to catch a feature on Lomography on a show meant for girls of all things. It didn’t hurt that the lomographer that they featured was cute too. I resolved to learn more about this subset of photography on my own. I stumbled across Lomomanila, the website was quite informative but more than that, the vibe of the group just felt right. I found the solitary activity of taking pictures and coming together to share knowledge and build a communal piece of art known as a lomowall both paradoxical and beautiful at the same time. Shortly after seeing the show I bought my first toy camera, a Fisheye 2 and an Action sampler. A first it was just something to do, a platform to take my mind away from the events that were happening in my life. Little did I know that my mode of catharsis would play not only a part in keeping my sanity, it would also help me rediscover a silly childhood dream and the beauty of the world both silly and profound. More than that, it would allow me to document a new found love that was right under my nose the whole time.Now she is my muse.

Lomography was a rebound girl of sorts. Now it is my mistress.

written by halfawakehaiku on 2008-12-16 in #news

7 Comments

  1. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    nice story =)

  2. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    Cool gallery and story!

  3. sonjabean
    sonjabean ·

    That was, by far, my favorite Lomo Story that I've read so far. You are not only a good photography, but you are a good writer, too. :)

  4. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    wow, what a great story...well its great in the sense that you found lomography and a way to fulfil your childhood dream. that has really inspired me to write my lomo story!

    great ending statement too!

    :)

  5. selloutboy
    selloutboy ·

    *woot woot! Nice story! :D

  6. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    Thank you for the kind words everyone.

  7. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    Wow James nice story! :)

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomography Fisheye No.2: Seven Years of Wonder

    written by adi_totp on 2014-09-15 in #reviews
    Lomography Fisheye No.2: Seven Years of Wonder

    Exactly seven years ago, I bought this camera from Indonesia's local Lomography community. I remember having some savings in my bank account and just spending it all on this camera. At that time, I browsed the microsite for the Lomography Fisheye No.2 and immediately fell in love with it! Coincidentally, my friend who introduced me to Lomography just bought this same camera for his birthday. My life has changed ever since I had the Fisheye, my first lomographic camera.

    3
  • Photo Stories: Police on My Back by bloomchen

    written by bloomchen on 2015-02-26 in #world #lifestyle
    Photo Stories: Police on My Back by bloomchen

    Sometimes when taking pictures I get addressed by strangers either because of my cameras or because they don't want me to shoot something they claim they have responsibility for. But having the police on my back was a new experience.

    4
  • My Key to Escaping Digital Confinement: The Lomo LC-Wide

    written by nickpage on 2015-01-09 in #lifestyle
    My Key to Escaping Digital Confinement: The Lomo LC-Wide

    I'm Nick Page, a graphic designer based in the UK. After 20 years of working in advertising, I returned to film photography five years ago and found that the analogue life was just what I needed to get away from the "pixel perfect" images I deal with every day in my job.

    4
  • Shop News

    Recognizable Images of Petzval

    Recognizable Images of Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • Festival Season: Lots of Variety at the North Sea Jazz

    written by wesco on 2014-07-10 in #lifestyle
    Festival Season: Lots of Variety at the North Sea Jazz

    My brother had a photo exhibition last year at the North Sea Jazz Festival and got two tickets. So just like the old days with our father, we went to the Ahoy Rotterdam for an evening of jazz and other music. I was armed with an analogue SLR camera, telephoto lens, and sensitive film!

    1
  • Analogue Bucket List: 12 Months, 12 Projects

    written by stratski on 2015-01-14 in #lifestyle
    Analogue Bucket List: 12 Months, 12 Projects

    January is always packed with good resolutions, most of which get broken even before the month is over. This year, I have decided to rework my resolutions into a bucket list of monthly projects.

    3
  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 1

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-02 in #news
    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!

    31
  • Shop News

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply without hurting your budget. At 30% off you can now experiment with 8 sequential shots in one 35mm print! Tell stories in 2.5 seconds with 8 scenes in one shot!

  • Fresh from the Lab: My First Roll of Film with the New Petzval Lens

    written by pearlgirl77 on 2014-11-14 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the Lab: My First Roll of Film with the New Petzval Lens

    Many of you may be aware that I was able to test the New Petzval Lens beforehand, but I finally got my own personal Petzval lens very recently. Of course I had to take it out for a spin immediately!

    2
  • Summer Hot Spots: Blaavand, Denmark (Part Two)

    written by dermanu on 2014-09-22 in #world #locations
    Summer Hot Spots: Blaavand, Denmark (Part Two)

    When I was a child, I regularly went to Blaavand, located at the Danish west coast, with my brothers and parents. I stopped going there as I grew up. In 2012 however, we hit the road again. It was my first return visit in about 20 years. I took the chance and packed as many cameras as possible into my luggage. In part two of my journey log, I'm going to show you the pictures I took with my Lomography cameras.

  • My Day in Analogue: Lazy Summer Days at Home

    written by jokelangens on 2014-08-27 in #lifestyle
    My Day in Analogue: Lazy Summer Days at Home

    Every summer, my soul screams for a lazy, hot day back at my parents' home, for some good food, relaxation, and catching up with childhood friends. This year is no different, so I went back down to my small hometown in the very northeast of Belgium to enjoy a perfect laid back day doing nothing and everything. And of course, I brought my analogue cameras along to eternalize all of these small but grand moments in life.

  • Shop News

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    At 25% off you can take dreamy 35mm images with this little black beauty. Beam coloured light into your shots with its accompanying Diana Flash Back accessory and be the analogue king of the night.

  • Film Manipulation: Kodak Slides and Bleach

    written by neonlights on 2014-07-30 in #gear #tipster
    Film Manipulation: Kodak Slides and Bleach

    I want to share with you my experience with some slides when I was in Russia. I'm very sorry for them because I messed them up. They're just ruined and they'll never be the same! But hey, I have thousands of them, so I guess it's not a big deal after all.

    4
  • Shinjuku Park in full bloom: A perfect time to use expired films and travel to the past!

    written by umeshu on 2014-04-25 in #lifestyle
    Shinjuku Park in full bloom: A perfect time to use expired films and travel to the past!

    I went to Shinjuku Park in order to celebrate spring and enjoy the Japanese tradition of "hanami," which means the "contemplation of cherry blossoms." I tried to capture the beauty of cherry trees with my Lubitel 166B loaded with an expired roll of Agfa Portrait 160 film. I obtained a sepia effect on my photos, and I felt as if I just traveled through old Japan.

  • A Fresh Start with an Old and a New Camera

    written by wesco on 2014-05-02 in #lifestyle
    A Fresh Start with an Old and a New Camera

    In December, two new cameras came into my possession: from the bag of Sinterklaas, the Dutch Santa Claus, came a classic Minolta SRT100 with two lenses and a flash, and I also picked up the Horizon Perfekt that I had won in the "Eliza was here" rumble. By now the first rolls have been shot and developed!