An LC-A Saved My Life... Happy 25th Birthday Dear Friend

2009-06-19 14

How an LC-A changed my life, by OuroborosX.

Like everyone at Lomography today, I find myself overjoyed at seeing so many people around the world picking up an LC-A+. There’s this great feeling of unity in celebrating the 25th anniversary of this very special camera. I got a bit misty-eyed when I recalled the day I got my first LC-A, and how much it has meant to me. I hesitate to use such hyperbole as “an LC-A saved my life,” but the truth is, it kinda did.

My story is probably a common one. I had just broken up with the love of my life… a 10 year relationship that unraveled slowly before my eyes. It was a time when so much around me seemed to be crumbling, and I could feel a pull towards a dark time ahead. I starting looking for something new to distract me from the heartache. I stumbled on the Lomography website, and before I knew it I was buying up a bunch of cameras, hoping that a new “hobby” might be a way to channel my negative energy into a more positive place.

That’s when my friend arrived. My first LC-A. Fittingly, it is still the same LC-A I shoot with the most, even though I’ve had several LC-As and an LC-A+ since then. I found myself taking my new friend everywhere I went. I wandered around for years, shooting pretty much everything I saw. I found myself looking at the world in a new way, because I started to see pictures everywhere. I was simply snapping up the world around me… every beautiful thing, everything person I’ve loved, and every moment I wanted to save. I’ve put a thousand rolls of film through my cameras since then, and most of them through an LC-A. It was so much fun to see the world through my LC-A’s eye… and so much fun to be a part of the Lomography community that was filled with so many incredible people. Some of the best friends I’ve made over the past 6 years are people I met through commenting on lomohomes… bonds born from a shared understanding and love of this incredible camera that changed all of our lives.

Through the years, my LC-A has been with me through so many ups and downs. When my nephew was born and needed open-heart bypass surgery at 5 days old, I spent the 4 torturous hours waiting through the surgery by double-exposing pictures of him taken in his hospital bed with things that were full of life, in some desperate hope to overcome my grief. Seeing him grow up to become a 3 year old dynamo who plays baseball and tennis and rocks the air guitar morning till night has been the greatest joy of my life, and I hope to give him my first LC-A when he graduates past Lomolitos someday!

I wish all of you who have taken the leap today and picked up your first LC-A+ will experience just as much friendship and joy from yours as I have from mine.

Below is a collection of some of the pictures from my past 6 years with my LC-A’s. Here’s to 25 more years of friendship! Happy birthday dear friend!

written by ouroborosx on 2009-06-19 #gear #review

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14 Comments

  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    This is a real testimony of lomographic love. You're text is so sincere, I can't help thinking you must have a good soul. And yes, it saved your life, but by modesty you've omitted to say that it revealed what a great artist you are.

  2. mattydk
    mattydk ·

    what a beautiful story. And your love for the LC-A really shows, your pictures are stunning.

  3. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    so thats how it saved your life! Great story man and awesome gallery to boot!

  4. disdis
    disdis ·

    Wow, both story and pictures are awesome. Congrats for finding your best friend. Your relationship shown here is just the kind of relationship I try to have with the LCA.

  5. windandever
    windandever ·

    what a lovely and touching story. you have some great photos to show for it too! if only we all had such a satisfying relationship with our cameras.

  6. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    What a great story and fantastic pictures!! LC-A is a life saver!! :))

  7. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    lovely story. very impressive! same story, dear friend!
    nice photos, too!!! number 9 -- done willfully or was it just a sneak shot? >:D

  8. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    Best tribute I've seen today. You're photos rock.

  9. lazara
    lazara ·

    beautiful, beautiful photos :)

  10. maddyoulook
    maddyoulook ·

    awesome photos! seriously

  11. rater
    rater ·

    Great text, great pics! Real LomoLove!

  12. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Really impressive gallery. Keep it going.

  13. ouroborosx
    ouroborosx ·

    thanks all for the really lovely and encouraging comments... this is why Lomography is such a great place... :)

  14. ben-0
    ben-0 ·

    what a heart warming story, truly inspiring
    But those pictures of yours, wow, they are amazing!
    I especially like your first photo- the one with the chef on the beach-spectacular

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