We all know her pictures. For some, they may even be the images that inspired them to pursue Lomography in the first place. Take a few minutes and digest what one of the oldest Lomographers in the community, scootiepye, has to say about maturing photographically!
I have been taking analogue images since the age of 4, more regularly from the age of 7. My first camera was a hand-me-down brownie box, smelling of leather and oil. It was big and clunky for my small hands, but I managed to overcome that with grit and determination. Tracking down film to use in this old square camera was a challenge, but I did finally get a few precious cartridges that slotted in perfectly with the help by an old guy at the camera store in my hometown of Newcastle. He was rather bemused by me I think, as I was hell bent to get this camera to work. He certainly knew this by the look on my face, as I clutched my pocket money tight in my fist! I had to borrow a book from the library and figure out what each dial meant and what I should be doing with it. Ever since those first moments I have been wide eyed with excitement and photography fast became my passion, which then played a very important part in my life.
After this start, I then progressed to a Kodak point and shoot, a disk camera which belonged to my sister and so on. I was always looking for something new to try out. Thinking back, I was happy enough capturing the images and from the very start, I was always documenting abstracts, and taken what others considered to be ‘odd’ shots of feet, dogs tails, brick walls alongside the travel shots and birthday party’s. I studied the methods of traditional photography for many years and I was happy enough with the outcome. However my whole life changed the day I met my very first Lomographic camera. I saw the bright yellow plastic of the Supersampler with its four lenses and right there and then it opened up a whole new world for me.
The realization dawned on me and the possibilities started to take shape in my minds eye as I saw ways to use these 4 lenses. My love of creating, experimenting and expressing myself via film combined with my love of smell, colour and left field creative exploration. 10 years on from my first Lomographic encounter, this is still the same for me. As new tools and film are made available to continue the diverse journey, making each time I load up, just as fresh and new as the very first time. Lomography has made a total integration into my life. It’s not something I think about. It’s as much a part and extension of myself as one of my limbs.
To me the beauty of Lomography is capturing the diversity of my day to day analogue life, sometimes mundane, at other times fantastical adventures and full of journeys. The many Lomographic cameras help me express what I am trying to say. The fact I can pick up a camera that shoots square images, when I am in
a square image mood, I am able to use cameras such as the Diana, Holga, and Lubitel. Or I can pick up the Horizon to give a panoramic view, if that is what I need to express at that moment or grab a Supersampler or Oktomat to give an idea of movement really does enhance what I am expressing. Each camera has a different ‘feel’ in terms of how the camera is made, what sensation it has in my hands, the weight of it to how the images will turn out after development. The LOMO LC-A being my camera of choice, I always carry one with me where ever I go. Never boxed-in, always living without blinkers!
I love the fact that the fresh element of surprise creeps in with each film, be it with light leaks or an overexposed area, or a colour saturated image, making each shot truly unique and very personal. Yes it often means carrying more than one camera at a time, but that’s ok, I get good use out of my pockets. Life is not predictable and I prefer a life with unexpected elements included. If you like this also then you will truly love Lomography. It’s the best hobby in the world and it’s good to volunteer!