She stumbled upon the Community last year when she was looking for a lightweight camera that she can easily bring during her backpacking trips. She settled on a Holga 135 BC, which she fondly calls “Hogs.” Meet our Newcomer of the Week, Marilia Costa or also known in the Community as macosta!
Name: Marília Costa
Please tell us a little something about yourself.
I’m from Curitiba, a city in south of Brazil, but I’m currently studying in Italy for one year. I study design but I have a passion for illustration and photography. I’m not even close to being a professional photographer, I simply like to have fun with it. Last year, I bought my first lomo, a Holga 135 BC, and I’ve been quite lucky because I’ve been travelling a lot this year so I’ve had the chance to photograph the most amazing places with my beloved “Holgs.”
How did you find the Community and who/what convinced you to join?
I found the website last year while I was searching about the lomography world and deciding which camera to buy. Then, I realized I could also join the community and share my photos here.
As you have read the 10 Golden Rules of Lomography, what rule do you apply in your everyday life?
Rule # 1: “Take your camera everywhere you go.” It’s a bit hard cause I backpack a lot. It’s hard to take my normal Canon and my Holga everywhere, but I always try to bring at least one of them. However, the rule that is the most difficult to follow, at least for me, is Rule # 6: “Don’t think.” I’m pretty rational, so it’s hard to just take photos of everything without thinking if it’s “worth the shot.”
In this digital age, why still film?
I like film because you cannot overuse it. Well, at least not me. You just can’t take 15 photos of the same thing and later choose which the best one.
When I was little, my parents used to take only one or two films to their trips because it was so expensive. They took photos and they couldn’t see if these were good or not. It would take so much time to develop the films. Also, It will take months for them to see the photos. Sometimes, they see photographs they have no recollection of ever shooting. That’s what I love about film cameras, they make remembering so magical!
Your favorite analogue camera as of the moment? Why?
At the moment, my Holga 135 BC. She has just become my best friend. She’s simple to use and I never had problems with her. Well, except for the photos she accidentally takes in my purse. I love the effects Holga produces and it’s very practical to use.
What is the camera you’d want to have someday?
I’ve always dreamed of owning a Polaroid. I’d be even more selective when taking photos because it’s quite expensive to have one, but well, it would be great.
Any song or movie you live by?
“Live by” is pretty strong. However, I really really like this song especially this part: “A moment, a love, a dream, a laugh, a kiss, a cry, our rights, our wrongs.” And now I just realized this part really captures what Lomography is!
Share your current favorite Lomograph, could be yours or a friend’s. Why?
This is my favorite photo so far. It’s from my first film with the Holga and I was testing double exposure. The thing is, this photo was completely accidental. I don’t even remember ever taking it not until the moment I saw it. I just had forgotten to advance the film. For me, it’s a clear example of the rule “Don’t think” which I’m still trying to learn so bad.
Any Community member you look up to? If so, why him or her?
I don’t have one yet. I still have to do my research!
What are you looking forward to in our Community?
Learn even more about lomography and photography in general from the articles and from other members.