In this world wide web we live in, true friendship seems hard to find. We roam in a world of strangers only with online profiles to serve as the knowledge we need and want to know.
This doesn’t make a huge difference in our Lomographic Community. Yes, we are one in this analogue world but true friendship in this website we call home is a real treasure to find.
Just like Ty, or more popularly known as fivedayforecast in our Community who claims to have found genuine friendship in the Lomography Community. Seems impossible? Yep! But then in his expereince, it’s not!
Come and read on Ty’s LomoDiary for this month and be inspired with the friendship that Lomography brings!
Name: Ty Ueda
Lomography Username: fivedayforecast
Number of years as a Lomographer: 5 years
Number of years in the Community: 4 years
Kindly relate to us any memorable experience, whether happy or sad, you’ve had in relation to Lomography.
Well, I think the most memorable Lomographic experience I’ve had was the first time I met my best LomoBestie Geltona
- in the fall of 2010 I was in a bit of a rut in terms of friendship and was a bit weary of meeting new people, which you may have read about in a blog I wrote last winter. Around the same time, Geltona and I had pictures in the Most Popular Photos recap every now and then so we began liking one another’s photos. After realizing that we lived not too far away from one another (another good reason why you should be filling out your MetaData) we decided we should have a LomoAdventure and take some photos together. So on October 9, 2010 I found myself driving an hour to a beach I had never heard of to meet Geltona. Someone that I didn’t really know, I didn’t even know she looked like, anything about who she is, or don’t have any real connection to in the actual world. And when I arrived at the beach we saw each other from a dozen or so meters away and recognized one another immediately. And with a friendly wave, we felt like we sort of knew each other a little bit more. And we walked along the beach and talked and got along for hours that day. And from that one day Geltona became my LomoBestie.
What are the emotions that best explain this story you have? What are your thoughts about it?
Well, I had been let down by some people I had met on the internet recently, and driving to meet her, I was definitely very nervous. I was making a trek to meet someone that theoretically, could not even really exist. So there was a set of nerves that struck with me that sort of made me uneasy, but once we recognized one another’s cameras and acknowledged one another with that wave, all of that pretty much vanished. I think we both felt pretty assured at that point.
If ever this experience did not occur in your life, what kind of person are you right now? Are you not the same person without this experience?
It’s actually pretty hard to think about where I would be today without Geltona. When we first started talking we would just talk about Lomography. If I had a camera question or a website question or the other way around, we would help one another out. It was great to have someone to help me with the things I couldn’t figure out on my own. So photographically I think we’ve helped one another out a ton. Then, as our photo-friendship deepened, our Lomography-friendship just sort of overflowed and became real friendship. Over a while Geltona became my best friend, not just my Lomo-friend. So it went from just talking about camera stuff to actually being real human beings around one another and talking about whatever was in our minds. To this day we still visit each other to just hang out or to go see a show. The cameras are still always there, but they’re not necessarily the focus. So sure we both could have gotten along without one another, but life for me at least would be nowhere near the same without Geltona. Thank you Geltona, and thank you Lomography.
Here is Ty’s gallery of friendship induced Lomographs!
This is Geltona. She is what some would call a “Lomo-Bestie”.
This was literally minutes after we met at Cranes Beach in Ipswich on October 9th, 2010.
We have a lot of camera problems. And we’re always quick to ask one another about it.
We’re best friends. What else is there to say?
Every shot is captured not only having the intention of exposing a good frame, but also recording the time and space that was spent with it: a shutter button is pressed, a story is about to start. And through LomoDiary is where it is being told. Every month, we talk to one of our very esteemed member from the Community to share with us stories behind their Lomographs. Want to be our next storyteller? Drop us a line then at firstname.lastname@example.org.