Ever since I received my Diana F+ camera I’ve begun to see the world a bit differently. In an effort to acquire a collection of striking personal images, I’ve developed an altered view of things I once considered mundane and ordinary. In a way, my Diana gave me a new set of eyes.
About a month has passed since I first took my Diana F+ camera out of its colorful, laminated box. I received it as compensation for staying alive until my 22nd birthday and was immediately enthralled by it. From its ever-classic styling to its impossibly light cheap-plastic body, it won me over in no time. So with a fresh new camera and a fresh roll of film I was prepared to take some of my first ever analogue shots. What I was not prepared for, however, was a learning curve (I can be stubborn at times) and more importantly, a new perspective. How could a toy camera be so powerful as to cause that?
Some learning curve shots taken from my very first roll:
In my urgent quest to produce glorious lomographic photos to adorn the pages of future Diana novels—hey, a man can dream—I found myself at a standstill. Now that I had the tool to create these interesting and thought-provoking images, how on earth could I single out specific shots to take? How could a decisive picture be settled on when everything is so intriguing? I realized that just by having that camera in my hands I immediately saw everything differently. No longer was my room just my room, it was a vast, messy array of odd colors and geometries and subject matter. Everyday objects became illuminated by the way they came to rest obscurely, and low-light venues and corridors seemed teeming with the coolest pictures around. My friends became the most interesting objects with they way they interacted and arranged themselves in rooms, the flowery clothing they wore, the faces they made. I was stunned that within the first few days with my Diana I already saw the world in a brand new light. My vision had been transformed. It was as if the thing had granted me with a new set of eyes that only looked out for its best interests: constantly evaluating what was in front of them, determining if the hues they saw were desirable and if the inside of a bus would photograph well. Nothing and everything was exactly the same, and that was amazing to me.
I must admit, I’m still very new to the wild world of lomography and the full capabilities of my humble Diana, but already I feel as though embracing this hobby has changed me. I have plenty more to learn and many a photo to take, but I can’t wait to see what I can see with my new set of eyes.
The Diana F+ is a new twist on the ‘60s classic cult camera. Famous for its dreamy and soft-focused images, the Diana F+ is now packed with extra features such as panorama and pinhole capabilities. Available in our Online Shop.