You’ve met them as our newest LomoAmigos, now you can follow them in the Analogue Lifestyle Section. Tom and Melissa are on a mission and our inviting us along. Read more after the jump and follow them on their journey.
For our first blog post, we thought we should tell you about our project, and the role that Lomography has played in it from the start.
In March 2010, The Long Haul Project was born. We hit a rough patch in our marriage, and knew that if we didn’t do something to turn things around, we’d be in real trouble. Part of the solution, we figured, was to work on a creative project together. The idea for the project was to interview married couples, in cities around the world, and hope to learn something about our own marriage along the way.
Our history with Lomography goes back way before the project started. We started dating in 2004 and one of the many things we had in common was that we’d heard of Lomography and thought it sounded cool. So that first Christmas I wanted to buy Melissa a Lomo camera, but being too poor to afford an LC-A+, I hunted around on eBay until I found a reasonably priced Smena 8M. An obsession was born.
Through the years we added to our collection an ActionSampler, a Diana F+, and most recently, the Sprocket Rocket. On one trip to Amsterdam we forgot to bring any Lomo cameras, so we picked up a Lomolito and were blown away by how great the photos came out.
We knew from the get-go that Lomography was going to be central to the aesthetic of The Long Haul Project. We use pictures taken with our Lomo cameras throughout our website, and we take endless lomos of our interview subjects. We’ve shared a few of our favorites here.
We feel like marriage and analogue photography are related. We live in a disposable world, and nowhere is this more evident than in the way most people use photography – on their digital point-and-shoots and on their cell phones. You snap a photo, you immediately check to see how it turned out, and you either delete it or keep it. Even if you keep it, the file stays on a hard drive somewhere and you probably never look at it again.
Analogue photography takes work, patience, and faith in the process. And so does marriage.
In the coming months we’re traveling to interesting places to interview married couples. We’ll write a blog post every month with details of our latest trips and, of course, our latest set of lomos.