Tracing My Lomo Beginnings: What the Hell is Film?

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What is 35mm? What happens if I expose it to light? How do I load it? Did I do it right? I pestered my dad with these questions, being that I was completely new to this brand new world of Lomography. I look back now as my two year anniversary of being apart of Lomography is rearing closer, and trace my Lomo beginnings with my handy Fisheye No. 2!

I received my first camera the now discontinued Lomography Fisheye No.2 I Love You on Christmas Day of last year. That day, I had read the instruction manual 15 times over, researched the Fisheye online, film photography, and made sure everything was right for taking it to a trip to Australia where I would take my first snaps.

Oh look, here’s my first shot:

Yes, that is a picture of my lens cap. After all, as a first time Lomographer, and some what new to photography in general, I think it is appropriate that almost half of my roll was my lens cap.

My first roll of film was the Lomography Redscale 100. I wasn’t actually sure what the results would be like: normal colors or red colors? Looking back now, I realized I wasn’t half bad, despite the mess up with the lens cap of course…

It feels really weird that I have only been doing this for almost two years—I have done so much! I am pretty proud of myself for developing my new hobby and embracing this new side of photography. All in one year my camera collection went from 1 little Fisheye, to 10 cameras! I recall my first ever camera received in a competition: it was the Diana Baby 110 during its launch party in Singapore (you are awesome Lomography Gallery and Store Singapore). I remember using my first medium format camera that I received for my birthday: The Diana F+ El Toro, and received my first roll back blank… yikes! Then, one of my biggest developments (pun intended) was learning how to develop and print my own rolls of film in my school’s darkroom!

Me in my Diana F+ costume to win the Diana Baby, Me shooting with my El Torro, and Me with my beloved fisheye! Photo Credits: Izzy Nguyen-Phuoc, Lomography Gallery Store Singapore

You may have already guessed from the photos: “jeez that girls is really young!” Yeah, I know I am younger than most lomographers (still in highschool) but that comes with its advantages and disadvantages. One of my disadvantages is I run on an allowance, so purchasing cameras and film is a process of its own. But despite that, my advantage is even though I am growing up in the digital age, I find comfort knowing that I am now growing up in a photography world of my own and I am very comfortable were I am right now. I would have never gotten there without first exclaiming, “What the hell is film?”

Two Years! Thanks Lomography!

written by abigail0605 on 2012-12-07 #lifestyle #australia #redscale #fisheye #beginning #analogue-lifestyle #fisheye-no-2 #two-years


  1. twinklecat
    twinklecat ·

    I love the lens cap photo! So cute!

  2. abigail0605
    abigail0605 ·

    @twinklecat at first I did to! Then I had about 50 more of them hahaha :p

  3. abigail0605
    abigail0605 ·

    @twinklecat at first I did to! Then I had about 50 more of them hahaha :p

  4. ponzi
    ponzi ·

    @abigail0605 amusing article abbie! loved the lens cap photo as well. haha. see you around!

  5. abigail0605
    abigail0605 ·

    @ponzi thank you! Haha that lens cap will always haunt me... Must see you soon!!!

  6. roxanneross
    roxanneross ·

    the lens caps is unexpectedly adorable :)

  7. abigail0605
    abigail0605 ·

    I guess my mistake is actually working out for some people haha happy mistakes :) @roxanneross

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