Tracing My Lomo Beginnings: It's Just a Beautiful Encounter


I was an ordinary boy bad in sports, average in study, with no particular interest, who fell into the wonderful world of Lomography. And I’m still FALLING!

The Diana Mini was my very first analogue camera, bought back in 2010, when its popularity undeniably raised my attention into Lomography. I entered the site and had a browse through it. The highly contrasted and soft focused lomographs caught my visions, and was amazed that they were all film-photos. Then, I decided to pick up one of the coolest versions, the Petite Noire, a sexy black and sleek camera (from an ebayer). And also, it is the one of the camera that would not blast a hole on my wallet.

The parcel arrived at my doorstep and I happily tore away the bubble wrap and delivery wrappings. Oh god, the black cat turned out to be a pink rose. “How am I going to cling this on my neck?” Sigh, well, at least the seller did not really send me the wrong item.

However, films are not readily available where I come from, let alone the processing service. My Diana Mini rested in the closet about half a year before it actually saw the light. I brought it to picnics and gathering with friends. After shooting a few rolls, I was really falling in love with her. Since then, she never ever entered my closet again, and that was the moment when Lomography became rooted in my heart.

I love everything about her, easy multi-exposure, half-square frame, bulb mode. I especially love the flash, with the soft focus of Diana Mini, everybody looks so radiant in front of her. Even over-exposured photos are lovely.

I believe that happens to most of the lomographers. When you grab a taste of the originality from the burnt films, the ecstasy while getting your prints and scan, the crispy clicks of the shutter, your hands will tremble out of addiction. You spend for another camera, another roll of film, take them everywhere and shoot as if you’re drunk.

This year, I got myself a La Sardina from the Singapore Gallery Store. I brought it to Korea (which I told about in a Location article) two months ago. La Sardina is bold with its wide angle. It is such a great camera for landscapes. Predictably, it caught people’s attention while I drew it out of my bag and started shooting with it. People were just amazed with its appearance and asked, “Is it really functionable?”

I have enjoyed so much from my lomo journey, In fact, I have ‘inspired’ some of my friends to grab themselves some analogue cameras to give it a go. I am an ordinary boy bad in sports, average in study, and who loves recording his life with Analogue. Cheers, Lomography!

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!

Get ready to sail the high seas with our new La Sardina collection! These 35mm cameras are equipped with spectacular wide-angle lens, multiple exposure capabilities, and a rewind dial—everything you need for fun-filled and thrill-soaked escapades. Get your own La Sardina camera now!

written by an_lai_drew on 2012-11-26 #lifestyle #lomography #analogue-lifestyle #requested-post #loomography #beginnings #lomo-beginnings

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