This was when and where it all began for me. Read about how I met the first plastic camera in 2005 and can't stop trying and experiments on films and 'out-of-my-mind' techniques!
My first lomography camera was the Holga 120 CFN, which bought that in 2005. It all started when I was walking into this particular bookstore and saw a range of fun, multi colored cameras and their accessories on display. I was attracted to the functions and the use of medium format films. Before I discovered lomography, I’ve always appreciated film cameras, any type of cameras that uses 35mm film. Actually, I won’t hesitate for a second to get one and start to playing with it. I’m just curious about how the images or photos will turn out, and if the camera does something magical. This is my first shot taken with the Holga 120 CFN camera, and it’s also my first time using medium format film. AlI can say is that the Holga 120 CFN is my first truly medium format camera.
Before Lomography became popular or the 35mm film made a ‘come-back’, there are not much photo labs that processes medium format films. It’s a real pain in the ass to develop the medium format films those days. I’ll have to pay like $16 for 12 exposures for my first 120 film roll. I didn’t complain because this is my interest and I’ve to pay so much to develop it. As it’s not digital, it’s all about waiting patiently and praying that the photos will turn out alright. Sometimes, you’ll be amazed at all the 12 shots from the film; it’s totally priceless.
Then, I discovered the Lomo LC-A+. I got my first LC-A+ camera 3 years after I bought the Holga 120 CFN. Since the LC-A+ shoots with 35mm films and in multiple exposures as well, it doesn’t take that long for me to start shooting amazing multiple exposures! I’ve gotten crazy with the technique that I even broke my own record, shooting up to 3-5 rolls per month! Then all the sudden it became a routine for me to send em out to process em every month. I started to do loads of experiments with slide films after I was introduced to a lab that could do cross processing at a far cheaper price, even cheaper than the processing of my first 120 film roll. I started searching for a great bargain for 35mm expired negative films or slide films, fresh negative films or fresh slide films. It doesn’t matter, I got hooked anyway.
I read online articles on how to use slide films, and how to take advantage of expired films, what’s the purpose and how to value those type of films. I was a happy kid after I learned that 35mm films are back in demand more than ever and photo labs are accepting all sorts of films to process compared to early in the millennium.