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My Analogue 2012: The Year When I Became a Lomographer

For seven years, I used a Holga for fun, next to my Hasselblad and digital cameras. I had an LC-A on my shelf for some years and I never understood Lomography, until I joined this community and saw what other people did. I made friends, I tried cross processing, picked up developing film again. It was a wonderful year, the year in which I became a Lomographer. It was a rollercoaster ride !

January

I am still in winter modus, hibernation, and I treat myself to a Fuji Instax, just to get the Lomo-action started. I have to be honest, it took a while before my engine was running. But once it was on the right temperature, it got in overdrive.

Photo by gauthierdumonde

February

I needed some more incentive to get started, so I ordered a Diana F+ camera in the online Lomoshop.

Photo by gauthierdumonde

March is red

Things start rolling now. My wife and I went on a short trip to Luxemburg and I left my digital camera at home. Only loaded with a Holga, a Horizon and an old Leica, I left the world of megapixels behind me.

In the meantime, La Sardina arrived and I shot my first redscale pictures. You can say my ride on Lomography really started now.

April is good for double exposures

I am starting to find out how to do doubles. This month we try to load the same film in different cameras. I am still a fan of redscale. Here, I first shot a roll with La Sardina and then I loaded it again in a Horizon.

Come May, I love my LC-A

I picked my Lomo LC-A from my shelf. It was gathering dust for some years. I never liked the camera because it just shot normal pictures. I decided to give the LC-A another try when I read an article on the lomosite on how to get the famous vignettes.

And yes, after seven years of shooting with lomo cameras I cross processed my first roll ever. Using the LC-A, which quickly became one of my favorites. You could say my Lomo train is slowly getting to the right speed now.

In the past I had some good experiences with infrared film, so I decided to try and mount an infrared filter on a pinhole camera. The results were not great, but I was determined to get it right one day.

Photo by gauthierdumonde

June LomoHome month

I just started discovering the wonderful colorful world of x-pro and I did not got the exposure right at first. I was really disappointed when I saw the overexposed results I got after a lomowalk through the harbor.

Now I actually like those pictures, they’re very graphic. One of them was used in an article on the Lomo Roadshow visiting our town and shortly after that my Lomohome was Home of the week on the Dutch Lomosite. Thank you, my Dutch friends !

I gave the pinhole infrared project another try. Again, without success.

Photo by gauthierdumonde

June was also the month in which I bought an LC-Wide. I just love wide angle photography and the possibility of having a pocket sized camera with a 17mm ultra-wide lens made me wild. It still is the widest pocket camera I know of. You just don’t want to know how close I was to the girl in the pic below.

July, getting the hang of it

My lomotrain is on cruise speed now. I start to understand some techniques like doubles with landscapes and close-ups, cross processing and finally I manage to shoot an infrared pinhole picture.

Photo by gauthierdumonde

July was also the month in which I discovered the nice effect you get when you put a mask inside your camera. I learnt it from Buckshot. He pasted the color filters from the Diana flash inside the 4×4 Diana frame. I tried it myself and I took it a step further, I started making all kinds of masks. And I love making masks, it really is so much fun. You never know in advance what you’re going to get.

August, keep on shooting

Once you are shooting you have to keep shooting. August was my panoramic month.

September, when things go in overdrive

This month my Lomo adventure really goes in overdrive, at a certain point I was shooting faster than my own shadow. My need for new things started to grow. So I did my first experimentations with Polaroid negatives.

I did my first doubles with another community member Asharnanae

Photo by gauthierdumonde

Suddenly I noticed that some of my pictures got a lot of attention from lomographers I did not know. I took me a while some of my photos were featured in the selected area. That was nice.

October, the search for the ultimate lo-fi effect

My friend Adash published a nice tipster on how to create bubbles on your pics. I wanted to do it, but it had been a years since I developed a roll at home. Thanks to Adash I started developing again, on top of that I started a quest for the ultimate lo-fi picture. I used paper developer instead of film developer, I dropped color slide film into black and white chemicals. I just tried everything you are not supposed to do. Real nice.

November, going wild with lo-fi

Because the weather is bad I shoot more black and white. And while I started developing at home again, I try to develop film in paper developer, which gives a lot of grain. I like the effect in combination with our rainy weather. Rainy and grainy, go hand in hand.

I also discovered freelensing: taking your lens of the camera and creating a sort of tilt effect.

Photo by gauthierdumonde

December, Belair month

My Belair arrives and it is the kind of camera I like. I just love the 6×12 format. So now I am shooting with my Globetrotter…. and then I take a break until January.

Photo by gauthierdumonde

written by gauthierdumonde

6 comments

  1. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    FULL OF EXPERIMENT, one of my fave lomographer

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  2. adash

    adash

    Cool! (Thank you for mentioning my humble being too!)

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  3. buckshot

    buckshot

    Excellent article, posh guy, and thanks for the mention! It's been a real pleasure following your work since I discovered it through your wacky wide-angle reviews earlier this year, and you can be damned sure I will continue to follow you in 2013 and beyond...! Regards and congrats on an overachieving year, Wouter/Walter/Gauthier/Identity-crisis dude... ;-)

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  4. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    Nice year. I hope 2013 is just as fun if not more.

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  5. buckshot

    buckshot

    P.S. You have some great shots in here I've never seen before. Gonna take a closer look now...

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  6. happytea

    happytea

    brilliant article. read with pleasure! (:

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