He has been a member of our Community for quite a long time already, sharing Lomographs of friends, family, events, and random travels. His photos sure are mesmerizing to see but hey, why not discover the true analogue story behind it?
In this month’s edition of LomoDiary we read someone’s story from the Philippines, someone who considers Lomography as a big deal in his life — for it has changed a huge part of his past for all the better and all the fun!
Scroll down and read blackcoffeeandtantrum or Louie Nucup’s LomoDiary! Be sure to check out his lovely gallery of analogue photos, too!
Name: Louie Nucup
Lomography Username: blackcoffeeandtantrum
Number of years as a Lomographer: 3 ½ years, I think?
Number of years in the Community: About 3 years as well.
Kindly relate to us any memorable experience, whether happy or sad, you’ve had in relation to Lomography. We’ll be glad to hear it!
Lomography has been a great chunk of my life these past few years, so I’ve got a lot of memorable times involving my cameras. For instance, I got to meet a bunch of awesome people by joining Whilst We Wait, basterda’s Lomo project. But probably the most significant one would be the one that got me started into Lomography in the first place. Okay, let’s do an “origins” story!
I don’t normally tell people about this, but I got into Lomography because back in 2009 I was recovering from a bad break-up. Shortly after, I started to consider transferring universities and studying in my hometown instead. Everything was quite messy back then. Before I transferred schools I got to attend this alternative class program at our university, and I signed up for the “Lomography 101” class without really knowing what it was. I was assuming it was related to photography (which I was kind of in to) but never thought it would be analogue. So the speaker (who was stitch, I think, although I never got the chance to talk to him back then) began showing us these bizarre looking cameras and the photos they (the Lomo people) took using them. And I was simply blown away. I wanted to purchase a camera right after I got out of the room, but I had to save up money until April before I got my first taste of analogue goodness: my Holga 120 CFN. After a lot of trial rolls and moments of frustration (which was occurring along with the rest of the problems I had on my plate back then) I got the hang of Lomography and I got truly immersed into it after I got my LC-A+ in October 2009. Life got better, gradually, since then.
What are the emotions that best explain this story you have? What are your thoughts about it?
Looking back, I’d probably call it a mopey, “sad” story of a whiny teenager, but hey, I don’t want to be too negative. I guess it was a form of self-discovery, on my part. Lomography got me to open myself to other things. It became a way of expressing myself, since I couldn’t write well, I couldn’t draw, I couldn’t sing nor dance to save my life, and often times I’m too shy to speak. Basically, I’m pretty happy with how things turned out after that story.
If ever this experience did not occur in your life, what kind of person are you right now? Are you not the same person without this experience?
I wouldn’t be the same person as I am now, most likely, if I didn’t get introduced to Lomography. I’d be a far more boring person. And my room would not be decorated with a bunch of photographs that I took.
Come and see Louie’s personal gallery of Lomographs and get to know more about him and his LomoDiary!
Funny thing is, Lomography actually got me closer to my family. This is my younger sister in the photo. They’re the ones I usually ask to pose for my photographs.
Coincidentally, our family started to get into traveling right around the time I got into Lomography. Which meant I got to take pictures of awesome places that we visited. This was taken at the Hackett Tower in Macau.
The thing I like about traveling is I get to take photos of strangers. Sometimes I ask for their permission, just like in this case.
A few years ago I remember despairing about stuff like “I wish I could shoot more often," or “I wish I could go and watch my favorite bands play” and such. Now everything seems to be falling into place. My 18 year-old self would be proud.
This was one of my first few photos with my LC-A+ – the camera that “changed my life” (even if saying that is such a big cliché.) I didn’t even know how to set the ISO properly back then but I saw the sunset, clicked, and although it was by mistake, I’d like to think I captured something perfect.
For others, Lomography may just be a hobby we do to pass time. But indeed, it can also serve as a huge leap in life, something that can make our lives turn 360. Until the next LomoDiary!
Got a story to share? How important is Lomography in your life? Your story might just be perfect for our LomoDiary so head on and give me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!