Lomography & Me - The beginning


It was the summer of 2007. Lisbon. Portugal. I’d gone to visit my older sister who teaches English to Portuguese students. It was the first time I’d caught a plane on my own so it was a little daunting but my sister met me at the airport and we took a taxi back to her apartment in Bairo Alto.

Wow, what an amazing place! I’d never been anywhere like it, hustle, bustle, street sellers, tiny boutique shops and hundreds of bars and restaurants all set in tiny streets. It was such a great atmosphere.

Credits: squamy

After a short walk we reached my sisters apartment, dropped of my suitcase, had a cuppa and set off for a wander around the area.

A few doors down from her apartment was a little shop called ‘Lomography’ full of brightly coloured photographs and colourful goodies. I went in for a wander and was truly amazed by all the cool looking cameras and amazing photos on display. Then I saw it.. A luminous blue supersampler. I needed it. It was one of lifes little necessities and as soon as I saw the pictures it produced I purchased it and snapped away happily for the rest of the week.

Credits: squamy
Credits: squamy

I have to admit that then I returned home, packed my supersampler away, went back to work and sort of forgot about that lovely little camera and the shop I’d visited. It wasn’t until my friend gave me her old Fisheye No.1 to use early this year that I truely discovered Lomography for the wonderful global and on-line community that is it.

Credits: squamy

Up until this year I thought I had visited a small boutique shop in Lisbon, a one off store, I didn’t realise that Lomography had such a global presence a so many amazing things to offer. Since I found Lomography.com I am well and truly hooked. I’ve dusted off my supersampler and I’ve given it some friends, my beloved Diana Mini, Trip 35, Fisheye No.1, Holga 135 and soon, once I’ve saved, there’ll be an LC-A in the family too.

Credits: squamy

written by squamy on 2010-12-01


  1. eatcpcks
    eatcpcks ·

    Nice story! I really need to write my own soon!

  2. marant69
    marant69 ·

    Beautiful story. Great gallery!

  3. squamy
    squamy ·

    Thanks guys and thanks for checking it out!

    @eatpcks Let me know when you do! :D

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Lovely !

  5. vanc180sx
    vanc180sx ·

    awesome !

  6. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    wonderful, amy. i should write my own story too. oh i'm also saving up for an l-ca. hoping to get it soon.

  7. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    lovely story! :)

  8. hotdustyroads
    hotdustyroads ·

    beautiful pictures & good story! I LOVE my holga 135 and use it daily. I just put a new album up if you're interested!

  9. weedos
    weedos ·

    Great story!! I think it's about time I wrote one as well :-)

  10. ministryofvanilla
    ministryofvanilla ·

    this is so sweet... you're making me remember my first time as well. it's really like falling in love rite.

  11. squamy
    squamy ·

    Thanks everyone!

    @antibiotyx @weedos Yes definietly write one too :) Let me know when you do
    @hotdustyroads I love my Holga 135 too, will check your album out

  12. illusio
    illusio ·

    Excellent article, and what a sweet thing to do, to give your first lomo camera to your friends. Lovely pics hun.

  13. azzzy
    azzzy ·

    Ive missed my supersampler too! my first 35mm camera. im going to go shoot with it next week once my exams are over! nice article.

  14. discodrew
    discodrew ·

    Great story. Really liked the supersampler pictures. That camera really makes you think about how to capture movement but you've done it in a really appealing way.

  15. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    Wow. really cool story.

  16. squamy
    squamy ·

    Thanks guys! :)

  17. calvin_hardy
    calvin_hardy ·

    wow, very cool XD Great Jobs :D I Love it...
    u make me wanna write my own :)

  18. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    My first was also a supersampler but it was yellow! lovely!

  19. panelomo
    panelomo ·


  20. yochan
    yochan ·

    Hi, nice story and nice presentation. good work for the photos ^^ ;)
    Ahh, i must begin a blog : D

  21. stipley
    stipley ·

    Awesome! Really cool little story and love the pics, especially the beach where the water is getting closer and closer. Super cool :)

  22. mariefisen
    mariefisen ·

    Great story! I'm glad your friend gave you her fisheye and made you start shooting again - your photos are amazing :)

  23. zz
    zz ·

    Good story & great photos~~ impressive~~

  24. timothk
    timothk ·

    This was such a fun and lovable read <3 !

  25. alltimebee
    alltimebee ·

    supersampler was my first lomo camera too!

    great story :)

  26. lenfranpsycho
    lenfranpsycho ·

    Lovely story and pictures too! :)

  27. squamy
    squamy ·

    Thanks to all of you for the likes and the lovely comments! :)

  28. reflex
    reflex ·

    Great images! Lisbon seems to be a nice place :)

  29. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    I love Barrio Alto! nice story!

  30. illy
    illy ·

    Supersampler also was my first lomo camera and the reason I fell in love with lomography... :)

  31. salvacasablancas
    salvacasablancas ·

    Lisbon is great! Fantastic Pictures!

  32. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·

    Nice story. :)

  33. atreyuthechild
    atreyuthechild ·

    A close shave, you almost missed never got into Lomography at all. Thse first pictures are great too, it would have been a real shame.

    Please check out my blog: www.lomography.com/homes/atreyuthechild/blog/978-analogue-a…

  34. squamy
    squamy ·

    Thanks so much for all the comments and likes guys :)

  35. kuryzu
    kuryzu ·

    Touchy... it gives me an idea to write mine's.

  36. ghost
    ghost ·

    awesomeness! amazing pictures too.

  37. idigtulsa
    idigtulsa ·

    Very cool story, even cooler pictures!!

  38. naqi
    naqi ·

    great story indeed

  39. drlaporksha
    drlaporksha ·

    very nice... Its really cool, how nobody really finds lomography, it finds you!

  40. blormore
    blormore ·

    wonderful story, and also a nice reminder of how cool the supersampler can be. :)

  41. nea
    nea ·

    nice one!

  42. bulletofmine
    bulletofmine ·

    love your story!

  43. goseki
    goseki ·

    colourful toys and cool gadgets,.. they get my attention too

  44. branco
    branco ·

    Cool story! Nice shots! Keep shooting!

  45. catherinejcruz
    catherinejcruz ·

    Hey there, found you through blormore's blog. It's so awesome that you found lomography in Lisbon, Portugal! My husband, our friend and I went there this past October to see Lady Gaga. But upon a bit of research and word of mouth from the awesome people there, we knew we had to check out Bairro Alto! We went at night and the scene was just so alive! We ended up in this really tiny bar but with the BIGGEST spirit! Live music and just very welcoming.. The guitarist would cover songs both popular and cultural from all over the world...especially when they walked in from a different country (like we did!). Anyway, I really wished we had more time there...and now that I know they have a lomography store there?! It's in our definite near future! I just told my husband and he's excited to go back as well. Thanks for this! Your shots of Bairro Alto brings back memories!