The beauty of a picture is not just about the correct aperture setting or the focus distance, but lies underneath its sentimental value. Let’s see how Lomography is seen by people from different perspectives, and how do they define the real photograph.
For some people, Lomography is a part of life’s beauty. But others may think that Lomography is just an example of a troublesome life. I am sure that many of those non-analogue camera users have this sentences remain echoing in their mind, “Why do we need films anymore when we already have memory cards?”, “My camera has optical zoom lens, I can easily zoom in my subjects. Analogue cameras cannot do that, and that’s for sure”, “This is the modern, digital world. Only old-fashioned people use analog cameras. I even have 3 digital cameras.” The question is now, why do they need to have these kind of perceptions? Everybody has their own perceptions, and I am perfectly sure on that.
I believe that many people say it is not worth it to spend a lot of money for a light, simple, toy camera that need films in order to capture pictures. Not only that, they also mention about the troublesome of the need to developing and scanning (or printing) the pictures in order to view them. As for them (non-analogue camera users), they feel that using digital cameras are much easier and more convenient as there is no need for processing and stuff – just link the camera to computer, and voila!, you can have the pictures saved in My Documents. And when they view the pictures, they can just easily delete any unwanted or ‘not nice’ pictures that they have captured.
A friend of mine once said, I cannot delete back my pictures, unlike him, he can just easily retake and delete the pictures as many time as he wants. Yes, it is true. But, it is the essence of taking pictures that made my perception towards taking picture changes. As for me, Lomography resembles the life, which, in life, you cannot undo your mistakes.
The only thing that people can use from their mistakes is the lesson. The lesson teaches people to improve and be ‘a better one’ in the future. The same thing applies to Lomography, every picture taken is meant as our own effort, and if there is anything wrong or bad with the shot, it means something must be done to improve our skills.
Taking pictures does not really mean taking beautiful images with the right shutter speed and aperture setting, but taking pictures is more than that. It is about capturing the memorable moments to make the past last forever, the beauty of the pictures is what people see from their naked eyes, but the inner beauty of a picture is what people see from their heart.
The life is Lomographic.