Aspiring writer and photographer Arthur Shingler takes a short-but-sweet, introspective look at how the art of Lomography has impacted him.
After expressing a great interest in this style of photography last month, as a “happy summer present,” my parents bought me a Lomography Fisheye 2 (my first analogue camera ever!). They took me out for pizza and caught me completely off guard! My happiness was beyond words and only hugs could even begin to express my emotion.
I shot my first roll of Lomography brand color-negative film in the time it takes a well-digger to dig a five-by-three inch pit with only a glass of lemonade and a poodle…you do the math. Unfortunately, I ruined almost the entire roll by opening the back of the camera while rewinding the film. However, I was astounded by how simply amazing the shots that turned out were. I had discovered my new hobby!
After completing my fifth roll, I have found this: Lomography is neither perfect, nor anywhere close to being so, just like everyone you know. And although DSLRs aren’t perfect either, they’re closer to perfect than most people you know will ever be. By embracing Lomography, I feel I am accepting my imperfections and making the choice to embrace who I am, enjoying my true self. I’m exploring the world with a new pair of eyes; eyes that are unconcerned with what lens I’m using, or what internal knobs, dials and switches need to be manipulated for my pictures to be worthwhile. In the words Tom Waits, “Oh, I’m not a percussionist, I just like to hit things."
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