According to northwardnimbus, his first shot at Lomography using a Holga 120N gave him “blurred, unrecognizable, and downright horrible” photographs. Did this put him off from shooting film? No, of course not! It even challenged his perspective of how a great photograph should look like! Read on to know more about northwardnimbus’s First Lomo Affair!
Location: Manila, Philippines
When was your first try of a Lomography camera or film? What product was it?
My first lomo was a Holga 120N. The shots were blurred, unrecognizable and downright horrible – I LOVED IT! This camera challenged my perception of what a photo should be. It broke all the rules: the size is weird, focusing is not applicable, the outcome is freakishly odd.
Soon after I was craving for an LC-A. And then cross-processing films. And then a plastic fantastic addiction. And then the tricks. After that, the rest was history. There was no turning back.
Was the Lomography product yours or or did you borrow it from a relative or friend?
My first Lomo LC-A was the spare LC-A of At Maculangan which is known as the godfather of Lomography in the Philippines. I named it Lenin, a tribute to his Russian linage. I had to scrimp for months on lunch money to get it.
How was the experience? Any funny or strange occurrences?
Honestly, I have a strange aversion to digital. Film was the saner choice for me. Digital was becoming popular and films are getting scarce back then, everyone was getting a slice of the megapixel craze. When I went out shooting some kids around my block with my Lomo LC-A one time, after clicking, they rushed towards me to look at the backside of my camera. The look on their faces were priceless. I got a kick out of explaining them about film and Lomography.
Have you used that Lomography product again? Why or why not?
Lenin never left my side wherever I go. My Lomo LC-A would record memories of walking, of trips, of sunrises and sunsets, of rides, of conversations, of eats, of smiles, of everything that I choose to remember.
Can you share us your favourite or most memorable shot from that First Lomo Affair of yours? Why is this your favorite?
It was a sunset. I never saw sunset like that before and when my Lomo LC-A captured it, it was gloriously unexplainable.