Encouragement in a Discouraging World


In a fast moving world, where can one find admiration for their analog lifestyle?

I’m what you might call an “old soul.” Whatever that means. My family and friends use that term to describe me a lot. I guess it might be true. I don’t rely on a cell phone, I’m not into high tech stuff (except maybe my Canon Rebel T3, I love that thing!), I’m not fast paced, I’m told I’m wise beyond my years. I appreciate old things. I love old movies, tv shows, songs, books, furniture, clothes, art, and especially old cameras.

I know you lomographers feel the same way. Let’s face it: Film is an addiction for us. No, not even an addiction. It’s a lifestyle.

I think you guys might relate to me though when I say that not everyone in the modern world understands our lomo love.

Take my mother for example. I bought myself an expensive digital SLR. It’s amazing, I admit, and it’s great for family events where I need to take great photos and have them ready quickly. She thinks those photos are the best ones I take too. Sharp, clean, fast. So needless to say, my mother does not understand why I want to invest so much time, money, and energy into different film cameras that make so many “mistakes.”

And my friends. They hate when I snap photos of them. They don’t like that they can’t turn the camera around and review the pictures and decide whether or not they look perfect.

Even the guy at Walgreens shakes his head as I hand him the roll of film to be developed, mentioning that “film is a dying breed.”

My boyfriend doesn’t understand my love for Gone with the Wind and I Love Lucy. But perhaps that’s a different analog story…

Anyway, I was going through my pictures the other night. I was discouraged and frustrated. My last roll didn’t turn out at all. There wasn’t a single photo out of the 36 that I felt was good enough to take the time to scan and upload. Suddenly, I was trying to remember what everyone was saying and I just needed time alone in my room. But my photo album was sitting in the corner and I started flipping through it.

And I totally remembered why I started picking up my Diana camera in the first place:

When you are sometimes frustrated because your mother won’t let you buy that Diana Mini you wanted or your roll of film sucked, take the time to see what beautiful photos and memories you’ve created. It really perked me up.

The “Diana Mini”: http://shop.lomography.com/diana-mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!

written by courtneygawthorp8193 on 2011-08-03 in #lifestyle #discouragement #analog #encouragement #friends #family #lifestyle #lomography #love #analogue-lifestyle


  1. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    Very encouraging :)

  2. aroninvt
    aroninvt ·

    I feel the same way, I have an Olympus PEN E-PL1 (DSLR) and it takes amazing photos, truly incredible pictures, but there's just something about film. Even my worst roll of film is more emotionally satisfying than my best digital shot. I spend more time looking at my film shots than I do digital. I don't know what magic is woven into those little rolls of film, but it has me under it's spell!

  3. street_smile
    street_smile ·

    a camera phone is to photography what two minute noodles are to cooking, yes I roll my eyes at my friends who are using the instagram app, and they roll their eyes at me when they watch me wind the Holga after each shot but we like each other photos anyway. Who cares what people think, they don't know about the charm old classic cameras have until they've actually tried it. Or they tried it along time ago and just have forgotten. I let my friends play with my polaroid stating "it was better then 2 minute noodles" and they understood my film addiction.

  4. nattykins
    nattykins ·

    My friends don't get it either. But it works for me and that's all that matters. I LOVE going and getting my photos from the developers. I take so many films in that they know me and my Mum (also into Lomography) by name. I was chatting to one of the developers the other day and she said mine and my Mum's photos were interesting as "there's only so many dogs you can see".

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