Tuesday, January 08, 2013

{my fish-eyed friend}

Photobucket I have no desire to be a 'real' photographer. There are so many of you, and you do it so well, with your cameras that cost as much as houses and weigh as much as horses. But I'm afraid of brides, and I don't like looking through the lens and trying to figure out how to make something that will impress someone else. I like picture taking in the same way that I like writing or doodling or playing music. I like the process of trying to get what I'm seeing in my head out in some physical form. Without worrying too much what the "right" way of doing it is.

That's why I love these little plastic Lomography cameras. They have enough settings and buttons and switches and flashes and filters to keep things interesting, without ever once making me feel like I'm doing something "wrong". I can take a million exposures on a single frame and I can leave the shutter open as long as I feel like and I can shoot in a dark room or outside in the middle of the day and it's all good. Plus, you have no digital view finder window to see if what you're doing is working. Surprises are my favourite. {Pictures from my La Sardina here.}

I got the little fisheye friend pictured above for Christmas this year {last Thursday, because we always celebrate way late}, and I've already shot a roll and gotten it developed. {Too excited to remember how expensive film developing really is.} These are a few of my favourite things...

1. multiple exposures + spinning the camera
Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket 2. looking straight at the sun Photobucket Photobucket 3. extreme close-ups Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket 4. leaving the shutter open for as long as i feel like it Photobucket Photobucket 5. making ghosts Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket 6. just letting the camera do its thing Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Oh! Ps! Erin wrote a very informative piece on the film pictured above. CHECK IT OUT BEFORE YOU BUY ANY.