Well, my LC-A Arrived! Turns out its a 1985 model and, in typical LC-A fashion, the day I got it, I had to operate.
I got in from work on Thursday and there was one of those bloody “Sorry We Missed You” cards from Royal Mail. So the next morning, bright and early I trotted off to the delivery office and finally got my LC-A. But it wouldn’t engage the shutter whenever I wound on the film, it would just wind on and on until the film ended. After completely wasting a roll of film I decided it was broken. I called the legendary Dr Lomo (a.k.a Roger Lean) who semi diagnosed the problem/wanted £40 to fix it. I decided a £2 eye glass repair screwdriver and some photos off the internet would be a better option. Low and behold, after taking the base off, I found that something a jumped out of place, put it back and I have a working Lomo LC-A again! Yay!!!
Here are some shots from my test roll. I must say, I’m mightly impressed!
I love Lomography. I’m not ashamed to say it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love using my DSLR and messing around on Photoshop afterwards. But nothing has the same excitement as shooting film.
The biggest draw of analogue photography has to be the unexpected nature of the results. With digital, you know the second after hitting the shutter button, what you have captured, but with film it could be hours, days or even weeks before you see what has been imprinted on your roll.
I started my adventure with Lomography this May in Paris. My girlfriend and I took a trip (using 3 metro trains) from out hotel the Trocadero to the Lomography Gallery Store - Paris on Place Franz Liszt, near Gare du Nord. I was immediately drawn in by the bright colours of all the plastic cameras, as well as the friendly staff and masses of Lomographs everywhere.
I left the shop with a Fisheye 1 and 3 rolls of 400ISO film, bearing in mind I’d never used 35mm film before, this really was an adventure!
I now have an Action Sampler, a Diana+ F and a Diana Mini and can’t go into a Boots store without seeing what kind of film they have lying about.
I have also started to experiment, loading 35mm into a 120 camera, pinhole and using coloured flash gels, when I get the prints out I’ll post up the results.
I would urge everyone with the vaguest interest in photography to try analogue, it stops you thinking so much about what you are shooting, and just enjoying being out with your camera more.
Finally I know this sounds awfully similar to my last blog post on my Blogspot, but I felt I had a little more to add, and I also wanted to use Tumblr a bit more.