Same lens different story.

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I started out on lomography believing it to be a storage depot, a flickr of analogue if you will. I then started spending more and more time on it (to the annoyance of my work) and have learnt a great deal. The tips are awesome, I’ve learnt a lot and tried to be as forthcoming with advice from my limited knowledge as I can.
What is truly beautiful is that I hope I’ve made friends on here. We are all drawn together through our love for analogue but you soon want to discover who’s behind the lense. Lomography.com is like an online pen pal service to me!
They are massive online diarys of my mates! I see the stunning pictures and have respect for the crafted lomography artwork but also have half an eye on the backdrop they see on a daily basis. Im so jealous at where half of you live! Street photography is a great way of capturing culture and I think lomography is perfect way of capturing this. Analogue cameras are so much less imposing that their digital counterparts.

I will give you an example, I went Snowboarding in January and wanted to make the most of my shots with my LCA+ So I searched for snowboarding photos.

I came across a photo by @norkateer which was amazing so I liked it and commented, thinking nothing more of it. This incredible lomography (see my top ten list) replied and said how he had taken the photo, what film to use and how to keep the camera from dying under freezing temperatures

A few messages later I found out he used to be a pro snowboarder and he also likes to film boarding or “shredding as he calls it” another of my hobbies. Even more messages later I asked about his culture as I am a descendant of a Viking and an keen to know more. He told me about the plight and persecution of his people which is still going on today. He has told me about his summer job of herding reindeer and I am amazed when my (in comparison) dull life Is something he was keen to learn about.
This is something which has repeated itself with many lomographers. I recently got myself a lubitel in a swap with another lomographer I would consider a friend @achocolatemoose in Belgium.
I have learnt about diving, football fans, different countries, cultures, food and a little about people who live in my own country and what they see through the lens.
I urge all of you to make more of an effort to interact with your comrades of lomo. Safely of course as the internet can be used for evil but ask questions, give advice, say thanks! Most people will be very receptive. I think it takes a certain person to wield an analogue camera in a land of digital and we are them. So I say to you, viva la revolution, get to know your alliances as they will probably surprise, amaze and teach you more than you think. There is now very few countries in the world where I like to think I wouldn’t be welcome to go for a beer with these allies of mine.
Credits: maxwellmaxen

Peace x

written by welland on 2011-10-14

13 Comments

  1. zoezo
    zoezo ·

    viva la revolution welland! you are my lomo friend :-)

  2. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Ah this is a bit lovely. . . . brings a tear to the eye!

  3. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    lovely! absolutly looovely!

  4. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    lovely! absolutly looovely!

  5. stratski
    stratski ·

    ;-)

  6. norkateer
    norkateer ·

    Welland! you sure know how to bring out the tears in my eyes! I´ve had so much fun telling people how i got to know you and your culture. Having a general interest in your own culture surely makes it easier to pay an interest in others. amongst all the great people i know, you are unique!

  7. warning
    warning ·

    viva!.

  8. stratski
    stratski ·

    You really got me thinking. Here's what I love about lomo. www.lomography.com/homes/stratski/blog/8638-lomo-love

  9. achocolatemoose
    achocolatemoose ·

    Ah such a nice piece. And so true! And I consider you a friend as well. You have awesome music and camera taste! ;)

  10. ali55
    ali55 ·

    awesome! Lomooo on :)

  11. stouf
    stouf ·

    Nicely thought. Keep it real my friend ! : )

  12. francesco1
    francesco1 ·

    this is totally true! Awesome!!

  13. guinastrapazi
    guinastrapazi ·

    amazing entry! .... if you are a bit interested in other people, their lifestyle and culture you can really make friend in here! :))) i have also found a friend in here. and considering that i never met this person, i really miss talking to him when i am some days without lomography.... your entry made me smile. thanks for this!!! :))))) viva la LOMO!!!!