Short vignettes of better days, all captured by my trusty Diana Mini — the first analogue camera. She has been the one to capture the happiest months of my life. And today, I’m going back in time to honor those days. Let the river flow.
The year of 2010 was probably the most happiest in my life.
It brought Alex to me.
And also, Alex brought Lomography to me, in the form of the Diana Mini.
I remember snapping the shutter release over and over, marveling at the strange machinery behind how film works. I remember loading color negative film for the first time, watching YouTube tutorials, because I was such a noob. I remember taking the Diana Mini out on New Year’s eve of 2010, with Alex, and shooting long exposure, trying to count the seconds recommended with the 400 ISO film I had loaded an hour before. I remember feeling alive and marvelous, carrying around the Diana Mini, and holding Alex’s hand. We were unbreakable.
A large memory that stands out with the Diana Mini, is when I took her up to the North Shore of Hawaii, on vacation with Alex and his family. We trekked around, looking at little stores and trinkets, giggling at the tourists and smiling at each other. My Diana Mini captured every essence of happiness I could imagine.
She also captured simple moments with Alex. These moments could be simply us walking down the street and stopping for a kiss. Or it could be us traveling along the coast of the south shore, enjoying the fascinating rock formations.
My Diana Mini has been through it all. But it’s been awhile since I’ve used her, and she’s been left to catch dust as I have moved onto trying different cameras and different styles of shooting. But tonight, in the year of 2012, I find myself looking back in wonder and awe at the amazing moments my Diana Mini has sealed and captured, almost like a time capsule of love. She has marked an age of innocence, glory, passion, and deep companionship unlike anything else. If only I could turn back the clock and relive those moments.
The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!