Do you remember when you got your first coloring books or fingerpaint set as a child? Weren’t you excited to create a crazy fantasy world with all those fun colors? Draw and doodle to your hearts content? Maybe even make handprints on your wall (provided you had understanding parents!)
As we get older, our childlike views on the world seem to fade with the passage of time. Homework, after school jobs and social activities begin to take the place of the unadulterated creative exploration we enjoyed in our childhood. And all too soon, we might even forget how to draw a simple stick person!
Ever heard the phrase, “Don’t color outside the lines?” I certainly did, and as a child it made NO SENSE! If I wanted to draw a purple cow, why not draw a purple cow? Were the crayon police going to come after me?
In photography, there have always been rigid rules regarding composition, exposure, film speed, equipment, etc etc. The list goes on and on. If your photo wasn’t perfect, you didn’t get accepted for that contest, win that prize, or receive that accolade, or whatever. I want to know, who makes these rules anyway? Don’t we all have to start somewhere and learn, just as a child learns to walk and talk? It can start to feel like some kind of elite club that only special people can be a part of. It can really drag a person down, and week after week when I go grocery shopping, I stop to peruse the photo magazines touting the latest in digital equipment. I am left with the feeling that it’s always about the megapixels, or the sensor, or the LCD screen and the staggering cost of accumulating such equipment. Where is the ART? Where is the creativity? Where is the sheer beauty of analogue?
Enter the LOMO LC-A+RL. I first started with a Russian LC-A about a year ago to get the hang of this lomography thing, then after shooting a few rolls I decided to preserve my Russian beauty, and I also wanted the full features that the LC-A+ offered. And no way could I do without my Russian lens! It’s like I have discovered how to color again, and fingerpaint forever!
I am so glad I invested in this camera. It has really saved me from a life of drudgery. I know that sounds strange to some, but it’s true! I love shooting with it. So light, easy to operate and everywhere I go, it is an instant conversation starter! I’m always reading about new tips and tricks to try with it that you just can’t do with a regular automatic point and shoot. I am simply amazed at the creativity of some of the photographs I see taken with this camera. Any color in the spectrum you want, you just pick a film and off you go!
One thing I still forget to do sometimes and that is to set the distance. But even when I do the pictures always manage to come out ok somehow!
I sometimes wonder what Ansel Adams would think about the Lomo LC-A+. He might laugh it off and go back to his large format work. Or he might just say, “Just feel the moment and go for it.”
I’d like to think he would be okay with us coloring outside the lines. So let’s all be kids again, grab our LC-A’s…stop worrying about those rules, and just SHOOT!