My discovery, and more importantly, re-discovery of Lomography.
About 5 years ago, I somehow I stumbled upon lomography, while reasearching photography on the internet, and I instantly fell in love with the Holga CFN 120. I got one for my birthday and it was all I had hoped for.
However, soon after, I started a new course at a new school with lots and lots of work, so my Holga ended up on a shelf somewhere in my room, and I kind of forgot all about it. Years went on and I started yet another course at another school with even more work, but then we got to choose some classes appart from our main course. I chose analogue photography.
I began to take pictures with my old Pentax Super A, but because it was so heavy and big, I never spontaneously took it anywhere, and this bothered me.
Then one day, I went to a shop to buy some new film, and there she was, sitting on the counter next to her big sister. She was tiny. She was light. She would fit in my purse and I would have no excuse to leave it behind.
I fondled her a little bit in the shop, asked some questions and told the shop-owner I had to think about it. But secretly I had already decided to buy her. So I bought a Diana Mini that same day.
I carefully loaded it with film, and looked for something interesting to shoot. Then I waited for another opportunity to photograph something beautiful. But then I realised " Why am I waiting ? I have 36 exposures, 72 if I want" and I stopped thinking about it. I had fun. I had SO. MUCH. FUN.
With my Holga I was always a bit uneasy when taking a picture, I only had 12 chances per film, and they weren’t cheap. So I was careful. But now, all of this uneasyness is gone. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on my Holga I will never be afraid again.
So this is why I love my Diana Mini The pictures are beautiful but that’s not even the point. She truly opened my eyes. Because of her, I now know what the true meaning of lomography is.