My wonderful brother very kindly bought me a Lomography camera for my birthday last year and since then I’ve been happily snapping away and capturing little snippets of the ordinary moments of our lives. There’s something so incredibly freeing about using a film camera. You can’t immediately view or delete the photos you’re taking and because you’re limited to just 24 or 36 exposures a little more thought goes into each shot. It is slow and steady and completely entrancing.
Last week my first set of photos came back from the processors and let me tell you there’s nothing quite like seeing your film photos for the first time.
Now I wish I could say that these five photos were the best of the bunch but in all honesty they were the only ones that survived my Great Numpty moment. You see with it having been some years since I last used a film camera I got myself in a bit of a pickle when the time came to remove the finished roll. I accidentally exposed 2/3 of the roll to sunlight and lost 31 shots in a matter of seconds. But still it’s a lesson learned and I’ll be more careful in future.
I think it’s fair to say that I’m totally hooked on film now. Photographs shot on film aren’t perfect. They’re grainy and unless you’re a professional photographer they’re probably under or overexposed too. But they have a spirit and a rawness that digital shots don’t and while you can apply filters and presets to digital images that will achieve the effect of film those shots just don’t have the same quality. That’s not to say I’m going to abandon my DSLR completely but I think I might be leaving it at home a little more often.
I’ll be back with more Lomo Life soon but in the meantime if you’d like to see more examples of Lomography then pop over to Jenna’s blog tinyfoosteps.