I was recently very excited to open a present and discover this little lady nestled inside…
And as a result, I was introduced to the world of lomography.
Rumour has it, it all began in the early 1990s when two students in Vienna happened across the Lomo Kompakt Automat. They had a bit of a play with it and were impressed with the results – vibrant colours, deep saturation and vignettes that framed the shot. Effects (sometimes caused by flaws in the camera, like sticky mechanisms and light leaks), all added to the artistic effect and fitted with their ‘shoot from the hip’ style. They soon negotiated worldwide distribution rights and lomography was born.
Now, apparently there are 10 Golden Rules to lomography, which we tried to follow on our first outing with Diana, which took us to Hawaii and San Francisco (and somewhat reluctantly; back to London).
Rule 1: Take your camera everywhere you go – check.
Rule 2. Use it any time, day and night – check
Rule 3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it (even when you get back from your holiday and return to normal life) – check!
Rule 4. Try the shot from the hip. What, as in actually hold my camera down by my hip and take a picture? Not even look through the viewfinder? When I’m shooting on film? I think I might be a bit risk-averse for this lomography lark. Here’s a picture of a palm tree instead!
5. Approach objects of your lomographic desire as closely as possible – check, even if it frightens inanimate objects!
6. Don’t think. (William Firebrace.) Just drink! (Design geek.)
7. Be fast. (Quick, before the island disappears from view!)
8. You don’t have to know what happened beforehand what you captured on film. I was really upset about this picture when I took it because the winding mechanism got stuck and I though it was ruined, but it turned out to be one of the best pictures we took on the trip.
9. Afterwards either. It took me ages to work out what this one was!
10. Don’t worry about any rules – thank goodness for that!
I’ve had a lot of fun getting to know Diana mini and look forward to many happy outings with her in the future. I also think these rules are a great way to shake up your photography – and perhaps even your other creative endeavours. Now just got to try that shot from the hip…
Further reading for the especially geeky: