Discovering Lomography was like awakening my inner child – I’m hooked on Lomo. Read on to find out why.
I grew up shooting film. I am someone Brian Auer would call an Old School Film Revert; a pre-digital film shooter that shot film, then digital, and then film again. But I have to say, I do use my camera phone quite a fair bit too.
I’ve been shooting film since the mid-1980s but I finally switched to digital photography in 2004 after missing a ‘key’ shot during my honeymoon. And with the affordability of digital compact cameras, it was an economically logical decision to switch.
Fast forward 8 years. My wife and I wandered into a local toy camera shop and we saw the Blackbird Fly. It made my heart beat faster. So, I did some research and found out about Lomography. I discovered that I liked cross-processed photos, which was something that I’ve not done before. That was when the film photography bug bit me again. That was the beginning of my adulterous affair with Lomography (remember, I’m married but thankfully, this is an ‘approved’ relationship by my wife).
Soon after, during a holiday to Hong Kong and Taiwan, my wife and I found and bought some toy cameras. We got some no-name under water cameras in Hong Kong, and I got myself a Vivitar UWS clone, the Rainbow V, in Taiwan.
Then during a short getaway to Langkawi, Malaysia, I shot my first roll of slide film in a very long time. Below is one of my first cross processed photos snapped with the Rainbow V. Amazingly it’s one of the more popular photos of mine.
The photography gods must be smiling on me, because shortly after my trip from Langkawi, I found my old Canon EOS 500 left in my dry box and wanted to know if they still worked. They did.
And before I knew it, I collected 10 analogue cameras, from SLRs to rangefinders to compact cameras to Lomography cameras (LC-A Russia Day, LC-Wide & Lubitel 166+) and some no brand plastic ones, over a period of 10 months. Things have not been the same since. I’ve become more observant to my surroundings, looking out for the ‘Kodak Moment’.
Now back to the question, why am I shooting film again? Here are my reasons:
1. I want to recreate the type and quality of photos I remember seeing when I was growing up in the 70s and 80s
2. I want to give my photos character
3. I want to be able to shoot black and white film again
4. I want to experiment with cross processing slide films
5. I want to make my own redscale films that I didn’t know was possible when I was shooting negative films
6. I want to shoot with toy cameras
7. I want to try the different brands of films (fresh or expired) that I’ve not seen before
8. But most importantly, film photography brings out my inner child
And when people ask why I’m still shooting film, I tell them, “It’s therapeutic. It’s like Tai-Chi, it forces you to slow down and be in the moment. It makes you appreciate things better. Are you taking time to stop and smell the roses?”
What about you? Why are you shooting film? And for those who grew up shooting film, why are you shooting film again?