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Vinyl + Film: Same Soul, Different Smile

Vinyl records and analogue photography have a lot in common. Perhaps more than you’d think! I began to realize the similarities and intricacies between vinyl and film soon after I started using my Holga 135. Come take a look!

When I moved into my apartment last year, I was excited for my boyfriend and I to set up his record player. He had been collecting records for some time but living in a university dorm didn’t lend itself well to speakers and a turntable. Almost every night we would listen to records: lovingly flipping them over, sliding them carefully in and out of their protective sleeves, and examining their artful inserts and jackets. Together we began building an eclectic collection of records. Hearing music on a vinyl record became a distinct experience to me; there was no skipping ahead, no pausing and rewinding suddenly, and no picking and choosing single tracks. Because of vinyl records, I became a more active listener; I began to appreciate albums as cohesive wholes, and I started to see the physical medium conveying the music as a work of art as well.

About three months ago I bought a Holga 135 after the point-and-shoot digital camera I’d had for the previous four years gave up the ghost. I was ready to break free of the carelessness I felt when shooting digital, ready to apply the same amount of artistry and care I felt about analogue music formats to my photography. As with vinyl records, the physical medium of film allows the artist to manipulate the way the art is perceived. A blank record contains no music, no content, until it is pressed; similarly, a blank roll of film contains no content until the shutter opens and light is let in to form an image. The same ethic is applied to analogue music as analogue photography.

Once I started using my Holga, I truly fell in love with film. I dug out my parents’ early-eighties-era Minolta, and my boyfriend and I went in halves on a 1940’s Argus C3 rangefinder. Over the past few months, our collective passion for both analogue music and photography has grown greatly, as has our collection of cameras, films, and records!

I can’t name my favorite record per se; every record is unique in the emotions it conveys, in the color of the vinyl or the uniqueness of the packaging. No matter what is spinning on our turntable, my life has been enriched by the presence of analogue music.

written by the_lauris

19 comments

  1. mikahsupageek

    mikahsupageek

    Great article, so true ! Lomo and Vinyl love forever !

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  2. severin

    severin

    nice article!

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  3. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    great article and nice photos:}}

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  4. eatcpcks

    eatcpcks

    nice pictures!

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  5. tallgrrlrocks

    tallgrrlrocks

    Oh my gosh! Lomos + Vinyls are Soulmates =D

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  6. mikahsupageek

    mikahsupageek

    you said it girl ! =)

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  7. vicuna

    vicuna

    Oh yeah, I totally agree with you!!! And I love my Vinyl's as much as my cameras!!

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  8. nicolas_noir

    nicolas_noir

    minutemen!

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  9. minty_

    minty_

    You're so right! Analogue forvever!

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  10. robvent7

    robvent7

    minutemen!!!

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  11. spoeker

    spoeker

    love <3

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  12. marant69

    marant69

    Yeah baby yeah, you're all right !

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  13. sthomas68

    sthomas68

    I still have all my 1970's records! Wish I could say the same for my Polaroid One...:(

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  14. tattso

    tattso

    i'm spinning my numark now!

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  15. the_lauris

    the_lauris

    thank you guys so much! :) lomo love to all <3

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  16. earlybird

    earlybird

    Save the vinyl! Yeah!

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  17. daehyun

    daehyun

    Your article is translated & published in Korean!
    Thanks for the great article & photo. :)

    http://www.lomograph(…)nt-smile-KR

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  18. mstrlss

    mstrlss

    Props for the minutemen shirt ;)

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  19. rickee_k

    rickee_k

    There is just something about being able to physically hold something within your grasp. I love music (going to school for it matter of fact) and it's crazy how "digital" the world is going. This generation is loosing it's creativity and love for art for the instant gratification. Props to you and your boyfriend for keeping with it. Thank you Lomo for opening a door for the true creative people out there! <3 vinyl and <3 film!
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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Spanish, 한국어, 中文(繁體版), Deutsch & Português.