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Tracing My Lomo Beginnings: My Photography Journey Commences

Looking back in 2007, Lomography has opened me to opportunities to learn and discover more about film photography. Here’s how my journey back to film began.

Photo by gelagoo

I have discovered Lomography from the other side of the globe. With the advent of social media I was able to communicate with friends from my birth country. At that time, my friend has started getting into this thing called ‘lomography.’ Of course, I was busy with my studies and part-time job but when I finally got the chance to explore what was it about, I didn’t hesitate and took the plunge.

I am a 80s kid, therefore I’ve been shooting film all my life. It went on a halt in 2004 when I was given a small compact digital camera which I used to shoot photos for my blog. I didn’t have a part-time job that time so a digital camera was the most convenient way for me to capture things around me. But after shooting for a couple of years and after finding out what Lomography is about, I went back to film.

So, I started with two cameras—the Holga CFN 120 and Fisheye One.

As a total beginner, there were hiccups along the way. I would suggest reading a lot before making your camera purchase (whatever camera it is). I strongly believe it would have been a better experience for me if I perused more on information before I started shooting.

I shot more with my Holga on the first half of the year that I got it. I remember trying it out with a couple of friends. That time I didn’t know what cross-processing was, so the photos didn’t turn out the way I wanted it (I had a colored negative loaded). I was discouraged at first, but ended up shooting again and picked up tips and tricks along the way. I then went to my city’s legislation building for my second attempt. They turned out the way I wanted them. It was also the first time I shot with black and white film so it was really a breakthrough moment for me.

I stepped away from my toy cameras for a bit and started shooting more upon getting my first film SLR— a Canon AE-1 black body. After that was my exploration in the world of film photography. I’ve shot 35mm, 120, printed my own photos, developed my negatives…the list goes on.

I certainly believe that without Lomography, I wouldn’t even continue shooting film until today. I may have started in the most humbling way possible compared to other people, but without Lomography I wouldn’t even discover other types of photography. Whether you shoot for fine art, working for commercial and print advertisements or just for fun, I think Lomography should be recognized as a part of the trailblazers who are leading the film photography market and community today. That is why even though I shoot a lot of things using different tools and techniques, I still go back to Lomography. It’s a way for me to constantly look back and reflect on what I have become and be humble enough to recognize where I started from.

written by gelagoo

4 comments

  1. clownshoes

    clownshoes

    Cool!

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  2. gelagoo

    gelagoo

    Thanks for reading @clownshoes :)

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  3. gelagoo

    gelagoo

    Thanks for reading @clownshoes :)

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  4. whynotwinnipeg

    whynotwinnipeg

    yay sista!

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