Livin’ Life with My La Sardina: A Loyal Friend


The Sardina was my first Lomo camera and became a loyal friend. Let me tell you this love story.

I’ve always loved photography. My step-father kept on his drawer an old Olympus Trip 35 and my mother kept all those beautiful pictures this awesome camera took – so the analogue world was always near me. Until one day I finally decided to buy some film and take that cool camera to see the sun again.

That’s when I found out it was broken. I’m not sure of what happened to it, but I had a film and no camera for it. There couldn’t be a better time to finally buy a Lomo camera.

I already knew the awesome and colorful cameras and was I always browsing the website, reading the magazine, getting tips on analogue photography… and trying to chose what camera I should buy. The playful Fisheye? the classy Diana? The adorable Diana Mini? Or perhaps a cool Holga?

And so the La Sardina cameras came out. The El Captain immediately got my attention. Red has always been my favorite color and I’ve always loved the sea, that was the whole theme for the first four sardinas. I just had to had it. And that was it. A few days later, my good friend arrived.

My mother’s first question when she saw it was “does it work?”. She said it looked like a toy – and it does, that’s one of the reasons why I love it. It was night and I didn’t had batteries for the flash (by the way, the Fritz the Blitz is awesome), but I was so excited I couldn’t wait to start shooting. So I decided to try out the bulb mode – that amazing thing my basic digital camera never dreamed of having. My first model was my cat, Mike.

Since them, the La Sardina never left my side. I took it to college, to photograph everything I see on my way there. I took it to parties, to see the fireworks, to photograph my friends, to the zoo and even to another country! I’ll be travelling to another state this weekend and once more the El Captain is in my handbag, loaded with fresh film.

I guess I’m following the Ten Golden Rules, and I absolutely recomend them. My favorite is number 3: Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it. And it can be a very fun part of your life.

Some of my friends called me crazy. “Why waste money on film? If you want vintage photos, why not use a filter or something?”. Because I didn’t want “vintage photos”. I wanted the fun of analogue photography. The surprises. The amazing feeling of having a photograph on your hands and not only on your screen (of course you can print digital photos, but it’s not the same).

Oh, and I also read that the La Sardina is very good for portraits and loves the Sun. But my El Captain shows its best when taking pictures of my cats.

Oh, it works well with dogs too.

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written by fernanda-breder on 2012-04-12 #lifestyle #film #wide-angle #analogue #rio-de-janeiro #argentina #cats #multiple-exposure #portraits #la-sardina #fritz-the-blitz #livin-life-with-my-la-sardina


  1. clare_eee
    clare_eee ·

    I was wondering~ How strong is the flash on the La Sardina?? :) Cool article by the way~

  2. fernanda-breder
    fernanda-breder ·

    Thanks! :D I wrote an article about the flash too:… I hope it helps! :)

  3. fernanda-breder
    fernanda-breder ·

    @clare_eee Thanks! :D I wrote an article about the flash too:… I hope it helps! :)

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