A missed opportunity — that’s what we can’t help but regret in this life we can only live once. A moment that could not be repeated, a moment that could not be taken back.
That’s what this Lomographer from Germany is afraid of. To not experience and capture something that is either hard to find and/or will never happen again. With this, she could have easily opted for a digital way of documenting thing but still chose the analogue way.
Hear more of her Lomography story as Ira, or shoujoai in our Community, shares us her LomoDiary!
Name: Ira V.
Lomography Username: shoujoai
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Number of years as a Lomographer: 3.5
Number of years in the Community: 3
Tell us a story in which Lomography or the Lomographic Community has been a great part of. We’ll be glad to hear it!
Since I started with Lomography, I have always carried a camera with me, so it is part of the things I’ve experienced in the last years. I have also met some really nice people through the Community plus my girlfriend is infected with [the virus of] analogue photography. Sometimes she is my model, and sometimes she goes on a photo tour with me and her old Nikon camera.
I have always liked traveling but since I take so many pictures, I just want to see all beautiful places in the world and take pictures of them. Lately, I fell in love with Iceland, so we had to go there twice in a half year, and still, it is not enough. The first time we went to Iceland, we stayed there for two weeks and were lucky to see the Northern Lights for two times. The first time was with a tourist bus tour which was a bit unreal but any way impressive. The other night, we were at a farm hotel at the country side. It was late in the evening, we had a long day of traveling behind us, and tried to escape the cold by taking a bath in the Hot Pot which was way too hot. We came out of the Hot Pot, as red as lobsters, and felt like we just want to fall in our bed.
But before going to sleep (around 10pm) I looked out of the window, and saw some shining on the sky. Suddenly, I got really excited — I ran to the car, got the tripod and all cameras because I was sure, that it were the Northern Lights. My girlfriend was like “Come on, that’s just some city lights, I’ll go to bed" and left me alone in the cold. But I was too excited to stop (and still felt warm from the Hot Pot). Then I met some guys with a digital camera who showed me their pictures and saw that it were really the Northern Lights! I think I spent nearly two hours outside, taking a bunch of pictures. In the end, when I got them developed, I saw that they were mostly underexposed (you have no idea how dark the nights are in Iceland!) and since then I’ve dreamt of another possibility to try it again but with higher ISO.
What are the emotions that best explain this story you have? What are your thoughts about it?
The most common emotion I got when I absolutely want to take a picture of something, which has the risk to fade away (like thunderstorms, Northern Lights, a cat crossing my way, kids in carnival costumes…) is enthusiasm mixed with panic and joy. I am always afraid of missing something special, but at the same time I know that there are still a lot of special moments to come.
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?
If I wouldn’t have found [my way] back to analogue photography, I’d still try out all kind of hobbies, searching for the right one. And I’d still worry if I should buy a digital camera or not, and how many megapixels I would need. And if I wouldn’t have seen the Northern Lights? I’d probably go to Tromso in Norway for the next holidays because there is also a good spot to see them.
Any future plans you have that you will let Lomography play a part?
A lot of plans! For example, I read about the swimming pigs on the Bahamas. I really should start saving money to go there. There are some pink pigs, which look like the normal, domestic ones we all know, but they live on an island where somebody left them. And when a boat with tourists passes by, the pigs swim to the boat to get some food. From time to time I Google for pictures of the swimming pigs and I dream of taking beautiful pictures with the Fisheye Submarine, the LC-A Krab, and another underwater camera I own which I couldn’t yet try out.
Let’s see more of Ira’s adventures in her special gallery of Lomographs:
My favourite northern lights picture from that night:
I always get excited when I see a thunderstorm coming up:
I have a lot of pictures of sheep. Now I want to see some swimming pigs!
Another Northern Lights picture, I took on the tour we attended before.
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!