ABOUT THIS SERIES. One time, my boyfriend remarked on how I have plenty of hobbies. "But I guess that's normal because you're Asian. Asian girls have lots of hobbies." So I thought about it and I guess it's true. On this series, I will tell you about the activities which keep me from becoming a needy girlfriend or from turning into a complete psycho. Today's about my attempt at lomography. :)
WHAT THE HECK IS LOMOGRAPHY?
Lomography (or lomo) is some pop photography where one uses an analog camera and film. Photography purists consider lomography as a form of real photography -- no digital manipulation whatsoever. At some point I believed these people until I started shooting with an analog camera.
Of course you can't just join the bandwagon without using an analog camera. My poison of choice was a Holga 135BC. Why? Because it's the cheapest in the market. I got mine in 2009 for a little less than 20€.
But if money was no object, I'd totally get this Diana F+ Deluxe Kit. It's not yet too late. You can still buy me a kit here. I'd take it any day. Teehee!
After doing some research, I found out that expired films are a thing. Apparently, lomographers like some "excitement" -- not knowing what surprises an expired film may bring. So I stocked up on expired Kodak Ultramax 400s and DNP Centurias like a hobo.
And now for the fun part, let's shoot.
No wait, I forgot to mention that there are ten golden rules of lomography. What happened to I should stop thinking and just shoot? Anyway, since it's ingrained in me to follow rules...
RULE #1: TAKE YOUR CAMERA WHEREVER YOU GO.
RULE #2: USE IT ANY TIME, DAY AND NIGHT.
RULE #3: LOMOGRAPHY IS NOT AN INTERFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE, BUT PART OF IT.
RULE #4: TRY THE SHOT FROM THE HIP.
RULE #5: APPROACH THE OBJECTS OF YOUR LOMOGRAPHIC DESIRE AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE.
RULE #6: DON'T THINK
RULE #7: BE FAST
RULE #8: YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW BEFOREHAND WHAT YOU CAPTURED ON FILM;
RULE #9: AFTERWARDS EITHER.
RULE #10: DON'T WORRY ABOUT ANY RULES.
After several rolls of used, expired films later, I decided that lomography was not for me. I sold my Holga without any regrets. So there goes failed hobby number one.