It all started with @buckshot’s fun Lomo race on New Year’s day, the beginning of a great analogue year. New love, new cameras, new exciting experiences. Find out more after the jump!
Although 2013 was, to my regret, not as busy as 2012, it has been really full of fun lomo adventures and firsts, that I’m sharing with you now !
Buckshot’ New Year’s Day Lomo Race and refreshing holidays in South of France
What’s a better way to start a great analogue year than waking up on 1st January at 9 AM (after a very short and heavily alcoholic night) in order to participate in a Lomo race organized by fellow lomographer buckshot?
I spent a cloudy New Year’s Day by myself running around the house, driving around my deserted village and the surrounding areas to try to complete the race. I had a lovely day, although it was quite tiring due to the short night and the small hangover which followed me throughout the day!
Increasing my analogue camera collection
2013 has been such an exciting year in terms of getting new cameras! I started 2013 with 2 new cameras I received for Christmas: LC-Wide, and the beautiful Belair Globetrotter! I also treated myself with a Superpop Red Sprocket Rocket.
Back in Syria, my boyfriend made me the big surprise to buy me a Polaroid SX-70; I was lucky enough to find in a local antique photo shop an as-good-as-new Yashica Mat 124G for around 30 USD, and a good Rolleiflex 2.8f for around 200 USD, which I love!
And my 2013 will end spectacularly, as upon my return to France mid-December, 3 new cameras are waiting for me in their parcels, on my bed a Diana Meg Edition (my 3rd Diana clone in my collection, after the Edelweiss and the Dreamer), a Diana Mini Evelyn (my second, after the Petite Noire), and a Diana Baby 110! What? I’m crazy about Dianas cameras?! Haha!
Documenting bits of Syria with my analogue cameras
I am working as a humanitarian aid worker, and I left for Syria in September 2012. My mission lasted 15 months, until this month of December 2013.
This has been been a highly challenging, but deeply interesting and rewarding experience. My movements were very limited and the ability to take photos rare, so I was not able unfortunately to use my analogue cameras too much, but I would sometimes go walk around in the old city with my boyfriend. Damascus is a gorgeous city (the old city is on the UNESCO world heritage list), and it was amazing to visit a few ancient places.
Testing new films and tips
I have been bookmarking for a couple of years so many tipsters I would like to try, but 2013 was a busy year professionally, and I was in a place where photographing was almost impossible, so I haven’t been taking many risks with the few rolls I shot this year. Oh well, I’ll keep my big lomo projects for 2014. Despite this, I was able to successfully do a film swap with @ediblestrange, and it was a fun experience!
I’m looking forward to renew the experience with fellow lomographer @maaikel, his roll is waiting for me back home!
2013 was also the launch by Lomography of the Lomochrome Purple, and I had to get some of those! I used my first 2 rolls this summer in my Yashica and my Holga. I loved the result! I can’t wait to try other rolls soon.
Finding love, and sharing the lomo love
2013 was indeed my lucky year. I fell in love with my wonderful man in Syria, the last place I would have ever thought to find love.
He has made my challenging year in his country a wonderful time by his side, made me discover unique sides of Syria. In return, I made him discover Lomography and he’s hooked! He started back into the analogue world this summer with Polaroids, and this Christmas, a Konstruktor will be waiting under the Christmas tree for him!
In conclusion, 2013 has been a great analogue year for me, and 2014 will be even better!
How about you my fellow lomo-lovers, how was your analogue 2013?