Lomographers Throughout the Years: Koduckgirl


There's no other image-making medium like film. After a decade-long break, lomographer Pearl T. Rapalje aka @koduckgirl returns to the analogue territory with a renewed passion. Here, she looks back on her journey in the Lomography community.

Pearl T. Rapalje aka @koduckgirl

Name: Pearl T. Rapalje
LomoHome: @koduckgirl
Year when you joined Lomography: I joined twice actually. First was on early 2000s like 2002 on a whim, then more seriously in 2012.
What keeps you busy now: Caring for my dad, renovating my home, and traveling while finding ANY excuse to shoot film.

Let's do a backtrack: How did you discover Lomography?

The first time not sure, maybe looking online. I wanted to share my Nikon FE photos I took in college. I found the Lomography website (approximately on 2002) got intrigued, made a LomoHome and played with a few of the kooky cams like Pop 9 but it didn't grab me as much at first. Then I got into the digital wave for the next few years. Pretty soon though I got bored of dealing with color calibration and the sterile look of digital cameras and missed the versatility and fun of real film cameras. One day in 2012, walking around downtown SF, I strolled into a Lomography Gallery Store and was very excited again! I immediately bought a few Lomography cams and haven't stopped breathing film since.

What was your first Lomography camera?

The first time, in 2002, not sure but probably the SuperSampler, the LC-A+ Russia Day & also Holga CFN. In 2012 the first cams I bought were the LC-Wide as well as the Lubitel 166+ and the La Sardina Guvnor all in the same month! I have been hitting the ground running with camera and collecting them ever since!

What's your fondest Lomography moment?

After discovering through sheer trial and error that the LC-Wide had a hidden gem of endless frame double exposure, I was delighted when one of my shots using this trick was recognized and became popular! This made me realize that on the Community, it was possible to see and be seen and give social impact! Ever since the website has been a great experience for me so...Lomo on!!!

Could you share some of your earliest Lomography shots?

My 'Cuda shot with Super Sampler in 2002
Carmel Beach Double with Holga 120 CFN
Downtown SF with LC-Wide endless frame double---my most popular image shot within a month of joining in 2012

Who were your Lomography friends back then?

No one in 2002 but in 2012, I was much more adept with the social web and made a lot of Lomo friends through film swaps and camera exchanges, reciprocating likes and visits and even actually getting together in person with @clickiemcpete, @kangiha, @goonies, @clownshoes, @rik041, @ediblestrange, @waggrad00, @bebopbebop, @chourique, etc. They are all great lomo pals and still my favorites.

What advice would you give newcomers (to the Lomography community)?

Along with sharing your photos, reciprocate by looking at other's photos and show appreciation and a kindred spirit. Also don't be hesitant to share a photo from an experiment or not-so-good result. As in wabi-sabi philosophy, there is often something beautiful or interesting to be found in the imperfect or discarded.

What does Lomography mean to you?

To put it simply: Freedom

Some of our favorite photographs by @koduckgirl:

Credits: koduckgirl

Visit her LomoHome to see more.

As we celebrate 25 years of Lomography, we want you to be part of the unstoppable revolution. We’ve got heaps of exciting giveaways, parties, exhibitions and surprises, so don’t forget to stay updated on the official 25 Years of Lomography site and follow us on social media! Stay tuned for the latest updates on the most exciting must-have Lomo accessories!

2017-09-05 #people #25thanniversary #25yearsoflomography #lomographersthroughouttheyears


  1. mtsteve
    mtsteve ·

    Congrats @koduckgirl - always love your work!

  2. frenchyfyl
    frenchyfyl ·

    Great shots @koduckgirl!

  3. smolda
    smolda ·

    Congrats @koduckgirl!! :)

  4. disdis
    disdis ·

    Congrats @koduckgirl !!!

  5. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Congrats @koduckgirl, you're a real legend :) Well deserved :)

  6. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    Thanx so much guys I wish I could put all of you as my friends as well!!! Thanx again @lomographymagazine and thanx for picking thos photos at the end too

  7. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    @zulupt aww sweet you are too

  8. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    @disdis @smolda @frenchyfyl @mtsteve @zulupt thanx so much for checking this out

  9. stolosapo
    stolosapo ·

    Congrats @koduckgirl !!! Keep going!!

  10. schugger
    schugger ·

    @koduckgirl congrats! Well deserved & lomo on!! :-)

  11. lomodesbro
    lomodesbro ·

    keep on with the good work

  12. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    @stolosapo @schugger @lomodesbro Thanx so much you guys I want to see you all next!!!

  13. pixxforfun
    pixxforfun ·

    Congrats, great feature! Thanks for sharing your photography, tips, and techniques. Always appreciated! Lomo on! :D

  14. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    @pixxforfun my pleasure and thanx

  15. lomonina
    lomonina ·


  16. ilcontrariodime
    ilcontrariodime ·

    =) =) =) @koduckgirl

  17. cmart
    cmart ·

    congratulations @koduckgirl

  18. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    @ilcontrariodime @lomonina @cmart thanx so much you guys

  19. ces1um
    ces1um ·


  20. lizkoppert
    lizkoppert ·

    Awesome write-up @koduckgirl… and LOVE that chrome "whatever-it-is" in your room! That's one dang primo photo :)

  21. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    @lizkoppert @ces1um thanx and yes that chrome thing is a lamp!!!🤓🤘

  22. cmart
    cmart ·

    @koduckgirl you're welcome

  23. lizkoppert
    lizkoppert ·

    @koduckgirl, you're welcome. And it's a pretty funky lamp! :)

  24. kangiha
    kangiha ·

    great article, congrats @koduckgirl we need to shoot again!

  25. waggrad00
    waggrad00 ·

    Yay!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS @koduckgirl!!!!

  26. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    @kangiha yes I am totally game with new cams!!

  27. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    @waggrad00 thanx so much Julia next time in Bay Area let’s shoot tog

  28. waggrad00
    waggrad00 ·

    @koduckgirl Hey Pearl! I actually live in the Bay Area now, so let's make plans for a 2018 photo-walk! =)

  29. goonies
    goonies ·

    I read this just now, great @koduckgirl

  30. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

    Great interview @koduckgirl

  31. kangiha
    kangiha ·

    Hey @koduckgirl this just popped up in my feed again, great interview. We need to get together again and shoot has it been that long!?

  32. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    @waggrad00 you still live in Bay Area!??! I just saw this today 4/26/2019

  33. koduckgirl
    koduckgirl ·

    @kangiha yes it would be cool when would work for you maybe one of those military ships or something like angel island

  34. waggrad00
    waggrad00 ·

    @koduckgirl I'm actually back in Chicago for awhile. I'm on assignment here. I'll let you know if I make my way back soon. =)

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