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Livin' Life With My La Sardina: The Most Life-Altering Christmas Present I've Been Given

My little La Sardina Quadrat has been the most life-altering Christmas present I've ever been given. Read about how I live my life with the La Sardina after the break.

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Since December 25, 2011 I have been throwing myself into lomography more relentlessly than any other aspect of my life (but don’t tell my PhD supervisor that!…). I bought my La Sardina it’s own little red bag so that it can go absolutely everywhere with me – allowing me to follow rule #1: Take your camera everywhere you go.

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As for using it anytime – day and night (rule #2), I have had no trouble following that one. I find myself looking up more when I walk. Walking more just for the sake of “having a look around” and using any excuse I can to take a photo. In keeping to this rule, I’ve found how differently the same object can appear depending on the time of day, the type of film I’ve loaded, and the way I compose the shot. Here are 3 pictures of the same ferris wheel that illustrate just that.

Rule #3 tells us that lomography is not an interference in our lives, but a part of it. In my small section of the world, I have been approached by countless people asking about my camera. Once, a complete stranger who frequents the same haunts as I do came up to me and said, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but I had a dream about you going around with that amazing camera and taking pictures of everything. It’s that flash, it catches the eye every time!”

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Shooting from the hip (rule #4) is probably the only way to approach a crowded concert…

…but, I have to admit that it’s taking some practice for me to approach the objects of my lomographic desire as closely as possible (rule #5). Firstly, I’ve been too timid about it. But that’s changing! What’s the worst that can happen, right? Secondly, my La Sardina gets a little freaked out when it’s any closer than about 1.5 or 2 feet from it’s subject. Of course, though, this leaves me with truly wide photos from my wide-angled beauty.

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Making my La Sardina my closest pal has taught me not to think too much (rule #6)…

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… to sharpen my reflexes (rule #7: Be fast.)…

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…to give up on knowing what I’ve captured all the time (rules #8 and #9)…

… and most importantly, to break all the rules (rule #10) and do whatever the heck I want!

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And so my La Sardina is my most loyal companion, the most fun I’ve ever had, opens doors, is the catalyst for new friendships, and the reason for me getting off my butt. We take day trips together and have nights out on the town. I’ve swapped films with new friends from thousands of miles away, experimented with different ideas, different films, different processes, and seen new places inspired by my La Sardina and all that it can do. It’s only been 4 months so far. Who knows what the future holds for us!

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written by tofutiff


  1. bernizt


    Really nice article! It makes me even more excited about the films I shot with la Sardina waiting to be developed... I can't wait! By the way, reading "the La Sardina" is actually really strange for Spanish speakers... "La" means "The" in spanish :p

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  2. tofutiff


    @bernizt Thank you so much! Haha I know, it must be so annoying reading "the La" all the time! Good luck with your first rolls. I only had a few pictures come out from my first one because I wasn't clicking the lens all the way into place. But, you're a more seasoned lomographer so you know what you're doing! Here are some tipsters for (the) La Sardina I really liked. Most tipsters are written for Dianas or LC-As, so these are great...

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  3. wani-ology


    thanks for sharing your love for la sardina! have been contemplating what lomo camera to get next (i currently own a Holga 135BC, and yes, as a Christmas present too! ;) ). it's helped me see things around me in a whole new perspective and somehow everyday life is so much more exciting having it with me almost everyday. :) i know how you're feeling, and am so glad that someone else feels that same excitement as i have been these past few months. now i can't wait to get my hands on la sardina! thanks again! and keep it up!
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  4. tofutiff


    @wani-ology - Wow, thanks a million for writing such a cool comment! :D I'm so glad to know that I'm not just an excitable weirdo. I'd love to try some other cameras too. Maybe I'll make it to a lomography shop one of these days so I can see them all in their glory! I hope you manage to get your la sardina soon. Post a link to your first album when you do. I'd love to see it!!

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