From November to February and the whole year around, love is a power that can be felt everywhere. From being thankful for Piggies, to unwrapping that brand new LC-A+ you got for Christmas, and onto the Lomo collage you’re making for your loved one for Valentine's day, Love and Lomography are a perfect pair.
Love is a feeling that words can never pin down. It’s the scent that takes your breath away, the touch that tingles your every sense, the look that says, “I want you”, and the kiss that makes it true. It’s impossible to look for it, but you feel it when it’s there. And like the start of every wonderful journey, you know your life will never be the same.
With my first anniversary as a Lomographer coming up and my two-year anniversary in love with a beautiful girl, I feel I have some experience to talk quite well about both. Lomography is a passion, an urge, to have your camera with you at all times, to capture every living moment that passes you by. And I have been lucky enough to find a person to love, who can also understand this, the same way that I do.
Irina and I both fell in love when we started sharing the passion that drives our lives: Music. We met at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in 2008. Both in our first year, her as a singer, and me as a composer, thrown into a new fast paced world that wasn’t going to wait for us to settle. A year later, we both fell in love, again. Only this time, with a brand, a company, and a life-style: Lomography. We discovered it at an Urban Outfitters store while I was paying her a visit in Los Angeles, California, where she then undergoing her second semester in college at a new school, studying Musical Theatre, many miles away from home. And now, another year later, she’s in New York, starting her last semester, same school, different campus, while I’m still here, at the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico, completing the third year of my Composition degree.
Yes, we have one of those relationships, the tougher ones, the ones separated by thousands of miles. That’s the way it’s been for the most part of our time, but we knew it was coming, so we accepted it and have been trying very hard to make it work. Because we know that what we’ve found, that thing called love, is something truly special, and that distance is but a mere bump in our long journey ahead.
Love doesn’t choose when it’s going to turn up, or under what circumstances. The best we can do is to be aware and ready to mold, to be able to welcome it with open arms whenever it shows up knocking at our door. Sure, it might be painful at times, and you’ll cry, you’ll sweat and maybe, sometimes, even bleed for it. But you’ll also laugh, and share the most beautiful moments you’ve ever had. You’ll accomplish things you never thought possible. You’ll have someone you can always count on, someone to support you in whatever journey you decide to embark on together, someone to love you, for who you are, with all the imperfections that we have, because imperfections are what make life beautiful. They’re what keep us on edge everyday. They’re what make every second worth living for. They’re what make us human.
Our relationships are not defined by the moments we’re apart. They’re defined by how we spend those moments we’re together. Even if at times you lose your focus, what’s important is that the essence, the love, still remains, because love is not easy to come around, and most definitely not often. So keep your cameras close, and your loved ones even closer, for you never know when the perfect moment will arise, in love, and Lomo.
To wrap things up I would like to share a song that I wrote, as a result of having my loved one move far away at the beginning of our relationship. I put it together with a slideshow of our favorite love lomographs. The song is called “Forever For You”.