On their first task, the US CitySlickers will show us around their towns and cities, documenting their experiences in analogue and telling us stories along the way. Let’s meet Herbert, who will introduce us to Seattle, Washington!
Name: Herbert G. (aka Herbasuarus)
City: Seattle, Washington
Occupation: Caterer, photographer, dancer, artist
Hey there, my name is Herbert. As my first Cityslicker article, here is a little about me- I just turned 25 this year, love to ride bikes, take pictures, go to the beach, dance, collect music, meet new people, and I like to draw! My favourite cameras include but are not limited to- Diana Mini, Fisheye, Golden Half, my brand new Diana F+.
My Lomo journey began when I bought my very first lomo camera as a birthday gift to myself. My Diana Mini was very unforgiving for my first few rolls and I knew I needed to learn quick. I always hate wasting things and film is not cheap! I wanted to learn more about how to use my camera and most of all, I wanted to shoot more pictures! I needed help- Big Time.
After doing some research, I discovered that Seattle had a Lomo group: Seattle Lomography Adventurer Club (or SLAC for short). I was a little skeptical about going to a random place, with a roomful of strangers, armed with my Diana Mini. However, I decided to take the plunge. I wanted to learn and meet new people. Becoming a member of SLAC is simply one of the greatest things I have ever done and it was free!
At every meet, I am continuously learning about various cameras, different accessories, new techniques, and (the best part) taking pictures of each other. Super rad. At first, it was weird for strangers to take pictures of you, but when you get to nerding out about cameras…everything changes. Suddenly, you want to try that new technique you’ve never heard about. Not a problem, you have someone willing to model for you, as well as instruct you on how to do it.
Having friends willing to be shot has many advantages. Initially, it can be awkward. But once you get to know each other and realize you both love cameras and taking pictures, doors open up and BAM- you just made a new lomo friend. SLAC goes on lomo walks around Seattle and if its rainy, we do photoshoots inside or do slideshows.
Maybe I am just fortunate that my city already has a Lomo group. Go out and look to see if you’re city has a Lomo club that meets up! Then join them! I searched on facebook, as well as here on the lomography site. If you cannot find one, do not let that discourage you. Keep searching or maybe even consider making your own club! If you ever find yourself in Seattle, come find me and I can show you around!