Losing Control 101 with the Diana Mini


Diana Mini — a tiny analogue camera with a funny flash that is even bigger than itself. It works like magic with 35mm films.

With the awesome Diana Mini camera, you can make two photos fit in a frame. After shooting a photo and half rolling the film, you pull down the shutter release again. At first, these combinations of frames work just fine. Everything is under control. However, you get distracted by various reasons which lead you to put you put away your Diana Mini, and get held up in a conversation.

Basically, your plans change and you somehow postpone taking photos. Next time you get your Diana Mini in your hand to shoot more photos, quite a while has already passed and you don’t really remember which part of the frame you were about to shoot. There comes a question in your mind: Which photo did I want to put into the same frame with which photo? What did I last shoot?

That is exactly when you quit arranging your photos and start taking photos randomly with ease but without pondering about which ones to arrange together. You don’t think about which photo gets into the same frame with which one. With all these, you can’t avoid muttering, “Diana Mini, you are something very tiny and greenish; but regardless of your size, you can still confuse the heck out of people. Good job!”

Afterwards, you are surprised for a moment. You ask yourself, “Why is it that hard?” Again, you cannot escape asking “Why is it hard to lose control? Keep it in mind that this is your one and only life. Forget about the plans you form to shoot. Do not ponder about the photos in the frames, and live like that!”

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!

written by tanlaozuzun on 2013-05-13 #lifestyle #lomography #diana-mini #film-photography #analogue-lifestyle #losing-control
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