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Love at First Lomo: A Road Trip Tale with Fisheye and Diana Mini

Read about my Love at First Lomo Story: A Road Trip to Remember--or how the Fisheye and Diana Mini cameras popped my Lomo cherry.

Photo by alessandroleen

It was the summer of 2011. The sun was bright, the air was hot, and my two best pals and I were about to leave for Las Vegas. Of course, I needed to take pictures, but I didn’t have a digital camera. My old Nikon had seen better days, so I decided to go out and get myself a Fisheye and a Diana Mini at Urban Outfitters. One must know, there is no Lomography store in Belgium.

I guess that’s when the love started.

We had rented an RV and planned to road trip from Vegas, take the Extraterrestrial Highway past Area 51 to San Francisco, trip down to LA to end in San Diego in time for Comic Con. For the road trip itself, I will let the photos do most of the talking.

There was not much to say about Vegas in my honest opinion. The bright lights, faux-everything, and ‘decadence’ is fun for the first night, but by the time you’re at your third, you’ve had it, and we were excited to move into the desert, like the real nomads were were going to be. To top it all off, one of my friends was rereading Kerouac (and yes, he drives a motorcycle).

When we arrived in San Francisco, I had already shot four rolls of film, and was about to finish my fifth. But then again, when you visit a small town like Rachel (right next to the infamous Area 51) with a bar called the “Little A’Le’Inn”, what would you expect? Later, we would also encounter a dirt car race near Tonopah. I felt like I had fallen into a carsploitation flick then. Anyone seen Death Race 2000? That.

We found a Wallgreens near Union Square to develop our photo’s. Knowing what I know now, we must have been pretty lucky because all the slides were cross-processed without even asking specifically for it.

I was flabbergasted. The Fisheyes were incredibly fun, but the Diana Mini photos were unbelievable. The film must’ve gotten stuck every once in a while, or advanced only a little, but the multiple exposures were fantastic! I believed there was a genie or some spirit stuck in my camera that made sure all the exposures matched so perfectly.

On top of that, the distortion of the plastic lens and the faux medium format (and half frame) made me wonder “why was In ever considering getting a digital camera?”

When we got to LA, I had to simply visit the Lomo store. Here, I came in contact with the LC-A+, the Fed’s, Spinner and Smena’s. I was sold."

When I got back the next month, it didn’t take me more than another week to order my new camera (and my real love): the LC-Wide. This was when I vowed to stick with analog for as long as it’s still around. It enriched my life and inspired me as a director and graphic designer.

For the longest time, I didn’t have a camera anymore. And then, I fell in love with Lomo. Eight months on, we’re still going strong.

What was the first Lomo camera you owned and fell in love with? Share your stories and check out our requested posts for this month to earn more Piggies! Meanwhile, you can check out other Love at First Lomo stories from our community members.

written by alessandroleen

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