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


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

Bringing an iconic aesthetic to square format instant photography, the Diana Instant Square fills frames with strong, saturated colors and rich, moody vignetting. Built to let your inspiration run wild, our latest innovation features a Multiple Exposure Mode, a Bulb Mode for long exposures, a hot shoe adapter and so much more! It’s even compatible with all of the lenses created for the Diana F+ so that you can shake up your perspective anytime, anywhere. No two shots will ever be the same. Back us on Kickstarter now!


  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

More Interesting Articles