What is 35mm? What happens if I expose it to light? How do I load it? Did I do it right? I pestered my dad with these questions, being that I was completely new to this brand new world of Lomography. I look back now as my two year anniversary of being apart of Lomography is rearing closer, and trace my Lomo beginnings with my handy Fisheye No. 2!
I received my first camera the now discontinued Lomography Fisheye No.2 I Love You on Christmas Day of last year. That day, I had read the instruction manual 15 times over, researched the Fisheye online, film photography, and made sure everything was right for taking it to a trip to Australia where I would take my first snaps.
Oh look, here’s my first shot:
Yes, that is a picture of my lens cap. After all, as a first time Lomographer, and some what new to photography in general, I think it is appropriate that almost half of my roll was my lens cap.
My first roll of film was the Lomography Redscale 100. I wasn’t actually sure what the results would be like: normal colors or red colors? Looking back now, I realized I wasn’t half bad, despite the mess up with the lens cap of course…
It feels really weird that I have only been doing this for almost two years—I have done so much! I am pretty proud of myself for developing my new hobby and embracing this new side of photography. All in one year my camera collection went from 1 little Fisheye, to 10 cameras! I recall my first ever camera received in a competition: it was the Diana Baby 110 during its launch party in Singapore (you are awesome Lomography Gallery and Store Singapore). I remember using my first medium format camera that I received for my birthday: The Diana F+ El Toro, and received my first roll back blank… yikes! Then, one of my biggest developments (pun intended) was learning how to develop and print my own rolls of film in my school’s darkroom!
You may have already guessed from the photos: “jeez that girls is really young!” Yeah, I know I am younger than most lomographers (still in highschool) but that comes with its advantages and disadvantages. One of my disadvantages is I run on an allowance, so purchasing cameras and film is a process of its own. But despite that, my advantage is even though I am growing up in the digital age, I find comfort knowing that I am now growing up in a photography world of my own and I am very comfortable were I am right now. I would have never gotten there without first exclaiming, “What the hell is film?”
Two Years! Thanks Lomography!