I know I've kind of missed the boat on posts wrapping up the year that has past in photos or memories but I still wanted to have the opportunity to go through and pick some of my faves that you may or may not have seen over the past year from my Lomography film cameras. When I saw the requested post tagline of Most Memorable Travel Escapades in 2011, I thought that it all fit in nicely together too.
Trying out my newly won Diana, I experimented with some light painting around my newly purchased Fisheye 2. These were the cold January days in London, Ontario, Canada where we were living for most of the year. I had to find things to take photos of inside so as not to freeze my trigger finger off mid click. Okay so maybe it wasn’t that bad but at the time it felt like it..
Adventuring across the city of London to pick up my (again, newly won) Diana Mini I took this photo on the way back of some items out the front of a shop that can only be described as selling bric-a-brac. I like the ’Bambi’s’ and my reflection in the pot, with my camera to my face, not an inch of skin to be seen.
An early warm streak had me jumping for joy in March but even though it was only short lived, I loved getting out and seeing random sights like this when the snow melted away, the dressings of a snowman built months before.
Through couchsurfing, I met a now great friend and we went on a road trip to Chicago together. Coming from Australia, the chance to be able to drive to such places still seems weird to me but it was a fun time. I challenged myself by only taking film cameras on the trip and was shattered when I received back all the black and white rolls from my Holga, which in one view had been ruined by the lab. I now think that the dust spots, scratches, and chemical marks all add to the charm of the photos making them look even more vintage.
We went back to Halifax, Nova Scotia for a much needed couple of weeks off seeing family and friends and this photos just really captures that time for me.
Getting back to London, it was like someone had flipped a switch to summer and had made the grass grow, the flowers bloom, and the Sears workers scream about lawn mowers instead of snow blowers. We took to playing tennis to soak up some sun and get exercise.
On Canada Day, I painted the town red with my Fisheye and Colorsplash flash. I had really hoped that this photo came out better than it did, with the couple in front of us kissing under the fireworks, but alas, that is one of the chances you take when you shoot with film.
This was an incredibly busy month filled with lots of work, many photoshoots, packing for moving, goodbyes, travelling halfway across the country and somehow we managed to fit a day trip to Niagara falls in there.
After enjoying a few weeks in Halifax with road trips to Hunts Point and the Valley, The 26th was always going to be the day that I had to be out of the country; we left a couple of days earlier and made the hell of a trip from Halifax, Canada to Tumbi Umbi, Australia.
After a lot of settling in and catching up with people, we headed way up north to the Barrier Reef stopping at a fair few fun places in between. This double exposure was taken on Fraser Island, which is the biggest island in the world made from sand. It’s a long story of what happened but if you ever find yourself going there. Take it from an Aussie and two Canadians, drive, don’t walk.
Back home in Tumbi Umbi after so long a way, work started; fixing up the house took up my free time and other than seeing friends on some odd occasion, not much happened. Except for getting the camera of all Lomography cameras, the LC-A
The coldest beginning to a December on record and overall 5 degrees less than average, sent me and my bragging about how warm this summer will be back into my Ugg boots. The koala and the moose, did however happen to pick a lovely day to explore in Sydney.
The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!