My First Best Photo


Well, this is a golden opportunity to tell the story of my first step in Lomoworld. I see it as a beginning of a wonderful thing, and as a great, almost total, miss of an amazing Lomographic opportunity. So let me tell you how it was.
My girl got the beautiful Diana Glow just about two weeks before we went on a vacation to travel in Japan. We both had no idea what was it all about (the camera, that is) except that it looked really cool and that it was analogue, which is also pretty cool.
So we packed the camera and some rolls of film. 4 rolls. 4. I can just not believe it now when I think about it. 4 rolls!! I can only say in my defense that I had no idea.
We spent 6 weeks in Japan, where we bought another 2 rolls, just two days before we left. On the way back we had a two days stop in Beijing, China, where I finished those rolls.
Only after coming back to Amsterdam we got the rolls developed and realized what did we have in our hands all that time. We got to see the Diana magic for the first time, and you all know this moment, when you pick up your first rolls (or, your first successful rolls) and you see the wonder you have created yourself, with your heaven-sent device. I wanted to kill myself. On my last visit to Israel, which was 10 days long, I burnt about 15 rolls (just because I did not have any more). 4 rolls?? In Japan? In 6 weeks in the most amazing places?
The only conclusion I come to is that we will just have to visit Japan again.

So after that long story, here is the photo that was my first best photo, taken in Beijing, China, from the first crop from the Diana:

It wins the first best photo for me partly due to the fact that is was a shot from the hip and not a planned one. I just saw the kids and quickly snapped. I was surprised to get this result.

Remember: there is nothing like to too much film!

Feel free to check out the rest of the (tiny) albums from Japan and China:

written by paramir on 2011-03-25


  1. grazie
    grazie ·

    Sometimes the unplanned shots are the best ones. I believe in capturing moments and this is a great moment captured! I visited Japan 3 years ago and I fell in love with the country too but I feel some regrets when I think about my trip there coz I didn't bring a film camera with me. Now that I'm mainly shooting analog, I think about the beautiful and better photos I would have taken. I would and I must visit Japan again too.

  2. pomps
    pomps ·

    it's great you at least have 4 rolls from Japan. i was last year in Thailand and i had no one! i think about it constantly :)

  3. paramir
    paramir ·

    @pomps: I guess you can do worst than me :)

  4. pomps
    pomps ·

    yeah! but that won't happen again for sure :) (hopefully)

  5. lmr
    lmr ·

    love the color, the composition, and the subject matter. it really captures the longing of the children.

  6. chrissiea
    chrissiea ·

    got through here from the shoutbox and I have to say I am really glad I clicked. I haven't shot from the hip yet, as I have finished only one roll of film as of yet. I am a new lomographer and I am really don't know what my first best photo will be. But I love yours, because it's such a lovely shot.
    It really has a very own mood and it remembers me of my own childhood, when I was standing at a window of our game store looking in and wishing that I could get some of those things in there. :D
    Thanks for posting it and turning my day a little bit brighter, because right now, the weather sucks!

  7. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Like your story and the shot...<:)