Rebecca was encouraged by her friend, also a Community member, hola_to_the_holga, to try her hand at film photographer after seeing an old SLR at her home. Now, she cannot thank her friend enough for getting her into yet another creative outlet aside from baking cakes and drawing. Let’s get to know more about our darling Rebecca or theisleofadventure, our Newcomer of the Week!
Location: North East, England
Please tell us a little something about yourself.
I’m 29, the middle child of three girls and I work for a conservation charity running a little gift shop. I can usually be found roaming around the North East with my chihuahua Mojito and two or three cameras. Before discovering Lomography, my creative outlets were baking cakes and drawing. I like animals, tattoos ,and collecting oddities.
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
My new friends Jim (hola_to_the_holga) and Garrick (g4rrick) are community members who introduced me not just to the site but also to film photography. The first time Jim came to my house he saw the 35mm SLR my late father in law had bought and insisted that I use it! After that, I spent ages looking through his photos and was instantly drawn in by the vignette, light leaks, and double exposures. When I decided I wanted my own Lomography camera, Jim showed me website and help me decide on which camera to get.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
Rule Number 6: Don’t think. I’ve only been taking photos for three months so I admit I have no idea what I’m doing yet! So, I try not to over think but just try different things, and see what happens.
In this digital age, why still film?
Because it’s more fun! I love the unpredictability of film cameras. I love light leaks and mystery marks. I love that I can see reflections off the inside of the lens. It’s exciting waiting for the film to get developed and having no idea which shots have worked or how they’ll come out, or if they’ll even come out at all!! Also, having a limited amount of shots means I’m not wasting my time standing in one spot taking 10 photos of the same thing. And wasting even more time after trying to pick over the differences among the shots before settling for the best one.
Your favorite analogue camera as of the moment? Why?
My Holga was my first Lomography camera. My sister gave it to me as a Christmas present so it is quite sentimental. It was like being a little kid again and getting all excited over a present under the tree. Once I unwrapped it enough to see what was inside, I couldn’t get the paper off quick enough!
Since then, I’ve got a Lubitel 166B, a Fisheye camera, a random old 110 camera and a Vivitar Focus Free PN2011. It’s fair to say I’m completely hooked but I think Holga will always be my favorite. It does everything I want. I can use it with both 120 mm and 35 mm films. Although the Holga is plastic, it is not too fragile so I can take it everywhere without being terrified of breaking it. I am incredibly clumsy! Mostly I love the effects from the plastic lens and the surprising effects it creates.
What is the Lomographic camera you’d want to have someday?
This is a hard question as there’s loads of cameras I want to own/try but if I had to pick I’d probably go for the Lomo LC-A because it’s a classic.
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
I picked this as my favorite Lomograph because it was the first shot I took, because although it didn’t come out at all how I expected I loved it. It was taken at one of my favorite places and it brings back memories of a really fun day. I’ve taken photos after that are probably better but this one’s just special to me.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
He introduced me to film photography and taught me everything I know so far so it wouldn’t be fair to pick anyone else. He never leave without at least two cameras and always manages to take interesting photos even in the most uninteresting places.
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
Getting to know people from all over the world and sharing ideas.