Are Lomographers Hipsters?


To be honest, everything starts with hipsters. When digital cameras were still fresh, “hipsters” purchased them because they wanted to look “cool” till it became an “essential” matter in our life and not special anymore because everyone owns, at least, one. Just like Lomography, one day it will become so popular that we will see people strolling around in shopping malls carrying lomo cameras.

I hate how people talk shit about Holga (I’m a Holga user). They say Holga is made of low quality plastic yet so expensive, incapable of producing nice photographs, fragile, shitty and stuff. But I love it, I don’t just love it like a hipster, I’m passionate about it. I use it like a camera, not a trendy, fashionable thing.

Owning an expensive camera doesn’t make you a photographer. You might possess a Lubitel, but if you don’t know how to use it properly, your photos might turn out unpleasant and out of focus. Holga might be “shitty” for certain people, but I know how to use it properly and my photos turn out fine. I’m proud of it and I think it’s the best camera ever.

And once again, I’m not a hipster because I’m passionate about what I’m doing.

Lomo on.

Credits: tomkiddo

written by tomkiddo on 2011-11-25


  1. robotmonkey1996
    robotmonkey1996 ·

    Great article! I love lomography but hate being called a hipster!

  2. scrabbyknees
    scrabbyknees ·

    true! :)

  3. diy
    diy ·

    I can't afford to be a hipster.

  4. dinospork
    dinospork ·

    I was into it after it was cool, therefore I can both enjoy it and refute accusations that I am a hipster. Also, I don't give a crap about what hipsters are doing or about what people think about what I'm doing. Something's either interesting to me or not, regardless of whether some dude with hornrim glasses and a fur hat likes it or whether some other guy with a TMBG sticker on his Mini Cooper thinks that the hornrim glasses guy is a hipster.

    As for Holgas being expensive, I guess it depends on where you buy it. Show me where I can buy a decent digital camera for under $50 and we have an argument.

  5. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    When I was in Spain three weeks ago at a sports tournament and made pictures with my LC-A and La Sardina nothing was regarded less hip than using a flash with an analogue camera. Same in Italy months ago: everyone laughed about the Sardina and later on when say saw the pictures "funny" was the word I heard most often.

  6. dylanl
    dylanl ·

    Regardless if someone is "hipster" or not, Lomography is for everyone!

  7. cameratalk
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  8. aprilrich427
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  9. clare_eee
    clare_eee ·

    I get this a lot from y family... My friends think it's a cool hobby, but I expected more from my family... :( But I agree with you! ^^ Lomo ON!

  10. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    Lomography is a passion not a fashion - teruskan usaha,jangan putus asa, yakin boleh!
    lomo on!

  11. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    I'm passionate in what I'm doing too. :) Lomo on!

  12. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    PS: Holga's are great, I believe mine has become my favorite camera - ever.

  13. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    I live at the bottom of the world where niche trends often pass us by. I found a Diana F+ in the Art Gallery shop in Auckland, then went to the web site. I immediately purchased the Diana from the web site because I'd stopped using my Digital Canon through boredom of it and spent a year only using Hipstamatic on my considerably cheaper iPhone. When I found out I could get a little more control and choice through using real cameras I jumped at the chance to use them to catalogue my family's life in pictures in a less 'smile and say cheese' way.

    What's hipster about that?

    Everyone's needs are different and you simply cannot generalize.

  14. kiwikoh
    kiwikoh ·

    I'm wearing Wayfarers, Chuck Taylors, Jeans, T-shirts silk-screened with a TLR camera blue prints and I love Lomography. So, am I a hipster?

  15. jawatembak
    jawatembak ·

    i just don't care! :)

  16. boobert
    boobert ·

    its almost the end of the year, by next year, we will all be called a different name. so enjoy it while it lasts. ;-)

  17. monamarques
    monamarques ·

    Come on!!! What's the problem of beeing called a hipster???
    - Dah. You're a hipster.
    - So you can't steal the pictures from my facebook, ok?

    I try to not care about tthe labels.

  18. monamarques
    monamarques ·

    Let's change the names!!! "Lomography" for "Hipster"! HAHAHAHA!!! Then beeing a "hipster" will be a good thing.

  19. joelow
    joelow ·

    my suggestion to you - 'focus on the critical few, not the meaningless many' - why bother being worked up by what other people think? let your photos show what you are capable of.

    i DO agree lomography sells overprice cameras - at the end of the day, so what?

    being label as 'hipster'? heh, so what? :)

    holga ( i own 2 holgas, btw) is a very hard beast to tame - for years i being trying to get it right, but I just cant.

    for you, it seemed like shooting with your holga is as naturally as you breathe. well done and keep it up!

  20. seanbryan
    seanbryan ·

    Oh come on, lomography defines the word hipster. But, as was said above, being a hipster isn't a bad thing. Everyone else is doing it. Oh that it's mainstream, I guess NONE of us are hipsters. Mind blown.

  21. jurquidi
    jurquidi ·

    Holgas are expensive...really?

  22. tomkiddo
    tomkiddo ·

    @jurquidi hmmm kind of expensive, but it's worth it! :)

  23. meitads
    meitads ·

    my view on this: just lomo on, really. i dont get the point of calling someone a hipster in the first place, is it something that you should be proud of because you want to be creative and individual from the rest of the society, or is it (no offense to anyone) something bad because it means that someone always wants to be ahead of everyone else? to be honest i don't get the point of labels. does getting straight As make you a nerd? does playing sports make you a jock? imagine all of the positive and negative views that follow those two labels, just like what we have with the hipsters I talked about earlier. one of the people at my school asked me the same question, and i think the best answer is just to ignore them or say, well this is what i like doing, and if you want to label me that way, go ahead, cos that won't stop me from doing this thing that i like the most. so lomo on! :)

  24. badjuju
    badjuju ·

    Im old enough not to care what people think. Do, wear, take photos of, and listen to music that makes you happy. Id rather be labeled a hipster than not have any imagination or passion.

  25. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    amen to that! hipster is such a loaded term. labels are just labels. don't let them define you. don't think, just shoot. :)

  26. guinastrapazi
    guinastrapazi ·

    VIVA LA LOMOGRAPHY! :DD damn on being a hipster or not! :D

  27. vici
    vici ·

    HOLGA is the best ever!

  28. volker-jp
    volker-jp ·

    i don't give a f... whatever people call it. most important here is shooting with fun and passion regardless how its called.!

  29. ninaschu
    ninaschu ·

    so true!

  30. jonnysound
    jonnysound ·

    Agree very much