My Favorite Photo of All Time (so far)

Credits: mafiosa

When I first purched a Diana camera several years ago, I went months without ever trying it or using it. I don’t have much of a photography background, so I didn’t necessarily understand all of the settings. Needless to say, my first test roll was an utter disaster. And not even in that cool, naturally flawed, Diana-esque kind of way.

I eventually took a one day workshop that tought me how to use the Diana properly. It really opened my eyes. I immdiately purchased the instant-back adapter to test out the techniques I learned. I started off by using the instant-back as a test method, and then when I would get a cool result, I would re-shoot it on medium format.

The instant photo that led to the creation of my favorite photo is this one:

Credits: mafiosa

You will recognize this as my avatar image. It is a double exposure of a tree (the base) and an image of the late and tragic Marilyn Monroe. The interesting thing about this image is that the photo of Marilyn that I shot was in black and white, but somehow, her face is flesh-toned, her hair looks blonde, and her lips look red. I am not sure how that happened, but I consider it a sort of Lomo-Miracle.

After being blown away by how this instant photo turned out, I shot this this photo – which still remains my favorite.

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It was this photo that sparked my obsession with lomography. It is now buried deep in one of my earliest albums. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Some of my other Marilyn inspired lomographs are:

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written by mafiosa on 2012-03-15


  1. kaimcn
    kaimcn ·

    These are some really fun shots. I think I love my Diana most for double (or more) exposures. Using the instaback for test shots is genius!

    I have one question: do you keep two Dianas on the go at once, or do you wait to use the other instant exposures before shooting on medium format?

  2. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    @kaimcn: at the time these photos were taken, I was only using one Diana. So I would have to shoot a full package of Instax-mini film before converting back to the original Diana back. But with only 10 shots in the instax film, it doesn't generally take long. Plus, due to the nature of experimenting, the first few shots generally don't turn out well. It can take several tries to perfect the effect you are after. If you have to Diana's, one could be dedicated for instant photos, and the other could be for film.

  3. gregoriobruning
    gregoriobruning ·

    Very good!

  4. wyrdchoice
    wyrdchoice ·

    I have a question for you about your photo: which image did you expose first, the tree or Marylin Monroe? I noticed that the image of the tree is a lot darker than the image of Marylin, so I was wondering if the reason for that is the order in which you exposed them.

  5. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    @wyrdchoice , the tree came first. Doubles work best when the darker image is exposed first.

  6. icomewhenieatcaponata
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  7. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·