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My Lomo Story: A Boy Meets a Girl Named Holga

I was never much into photography. When I was younger my dad would jokingly say "Go play Ace Hoffman" (who was a local portrait photographer) while handing me the family point and shoot. I took a "graphic arts" class in high school which had a black and white photography portion, which I liked, but I took the class primarly for the screen printing. I took a journalism class, too, and that had a photo element. But I never was truely into photography then.

I was never much into photography. When I was younger my dad would jokingly say “Go play Ace Hoffman” (who was a local portrait photographer) while handing me the family point and shoot. I took a “graphic arts” class in high school which had a black and white photography portion, which I liked, but I took the class primarly for the screen printing. I took a journalism class, too, and that had a photo element. But I never was truely into photography then.

Fast forward to last year. I was interning at a local newspaper and one day my editor (who also happened to be my professor at my college) asked me to go out and take some photos for that week’s edition. I went out and took them, not thinking anything of them. He pulled them up on the computer and kept raving about my pictures. “You have a real eye for this sort of thing, Matt,” he said “you should look into photography.” So the next month was my birthday and I decided to blow some money on a camera to learn the basics on. My friend Ryan kept telling me to check out this thing called a Holga. “It’s crazy dude. It’s all plastic and takes these awesome arty shots.” So I set my sites on a Holga 135BC that I found on Ebay. I waited impatiently for weeks waiting for it to come in from China, and when it did, I ripped it open, slammed film into it and went off. I took pictures of everything I could think of, but my first couple of rolls were just ok. Undaunted I kept blasting rolls through my little plastic companion and soon enough friends and myself included were being stunned by my photos.

Soon after I bought the Holga, I started checking out the Lomography website. I was amazed! Here was a whole subculture it seemed with the same ideas as me. I started to pick up on some of the tips people had for different cameras and I began expirementing with films and techniques. I was becoming this photo pro!

Since those very trying days months and months ago, I have bought more plastic friends (like the Oktomat and Fisheye No.2) and made friends here on Lomography. I’ve started telling all my friends about Lomography and converting them from digital back to analog. All my film cameras are always with me in my photo bag and I’m always giving weird films to my friends. My local Sam’s Club has come to know me too. They call me “the cross process guy”. I’ve even changed my major from journalism to photography. Lomography and it’s cameras have become a way of life for me and my friends and I would never change that.

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written by fuzztone04

2 comments

  1. mattcharnock

    mattcharnock

    nice story cross process guy!

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  2. asaphototron

    Well, I am writting because I did another search for information on my grandfather, Ace Hoffman. And to see the quote from your dad, “Go play Ace Hoffman” (who was a local portrait photographer), brought a great smile to my face. He was the owner of Ace Hoffman Studios in both Wilkes-Barre, PA. and in Los Angeles. He was not just a portrait photographer, but an inventer, helping Kodak's wide angle lens developement, aerial photographer with large format box camera and tripod strapped to the biplanes wings, in which several planes lost there lifes......contact me for more info. Matthew
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