Let me take you to a short trip down the memory lane; recalling how I met and fell in love with Amanda (my Holga).
This month marks my fourth year of shooting film. And regardless as to whether I wish to visualize and be critical of how I shoot, or simply take photos with reckless abandon, I will always attribute my work as lomographic. This is kind of my life now. Whether walking in the day, or lurking in the night, every moment could be something worth freezing And so, I always keep cameras close to my reach. It was never always like this. There was a time I was clueless as to what lomography is, except for the fact that I like staring at these marmalade-like photos.
It’s nice to look back and remember how it all began. It just took one TV segment in one local network to wake up my dormant interest in photography Thanks to the internet, the basic information I got from the television ballooned into an almost uncontainable stream of knowledge After reading enough about lomography, I felt ready to buy my first camera. It wasn’t an easy decision, though. There simply was a lot to choose from, as much as there are a lot of things to consider.
It probably took some kind of deductive reasoning to finally single out one camera. First consideration would be financial. I did not want to invest much on something I was just about to try. With that, all expensive cameras where crossed out of the list. Secondly, I didn’t want anything fancy yet. I wanted to start with basic stuff. That meant that all multi-lens cameras and special effects cameras, like the Fisheye and the Colorsplash were out of the question.
Another issue was the film format: 135 or 120? While I was aware that the 135 format will be easier to come by, and that it is more economic, there was just something about the120 format. Perhaps, because it was so different from what has considered as conventional for the past few decade, because it has a vintage appeal, because it was cool! In the end, it was the Holga that remained on the list: relatively cheap, 120 format, amazing photos!
And so, in the weeks to come, I bought myself a Holga 120N. As I was sitting on the bus, clutching my first film camera, I named her, Amanda. Together with the camera, I also bought two rolls of Velvia 50. I was already aware of the difference between color negative films and slide films at the time, and I was so eager to cross-process.
Like most relationships, Amanda and I had a rough start. Just when I thought that I figured her out, she lets me know that I thought wrong. I would forget to focus her properly, or take her cap off; sometimes I even forget that she’s a bit greedy of sunlight.
With months of constant company, we eventually got along almost perfectly; I knew it was love.
With only two 120 rolls in my current film stash, and with all the cameras I have, it’s been a while since I took Amanda on a date. I hope she’s not utterly disappointed in me. I’m just waiting for an opportune time; a festival perhaps or a travel of sort. It’s just a matter of time now, until Amanda and I relived once more, the way we were.
What was the first Lomo camera you owned and fell in love with? Share your stories and check out our requested posts for this month to earn more Piggies! Meanwhile, you can check out other Love at First Lomo stories from our community members.