illustration is art

The Pursuit of Meaning


I have recently become interested in lomography. To that end I have, also recently, purchased an immaculate, 1970’s Polaroid Land Camera.

I also purchased one packet of expensive film (8 photos), which is being made again by Impossible … I only bought one packet of expensive film as you need the film to see if the camera works—literally… the film contains the battery that powers the camera! I wasn’t going to blow any more money on a dead camera. It does work, though! It is a very simple beast. This is my third picture, the first two being total, over-exposed rubbish. The camera even has a genuine, lomography-lovers-light-leak!

Anyway, I love this low-fi, soft, blurry shit, that turns crap snap-shots into art.


6 responses

  1. I too love this look. In the spring and summer of 2013 I experimented with Lomography and lost my patience and almost my mind. 🙂

    I bought two Diana Mini kits from Urban Outfitters, the second one because I just couldn’t believe how much trouble I was having. I think I went through about eight rolls of film with very little turning out. It was a challenge to find someone in my city to even develop the film. It was usually the same woman at the service counter and I could feel her pity and disbelief that I kept bringing in this messed up film. It was odd, I’ve read that others have had trouble too, while some people do very well. I spent hours troubleshooting and trying to get those to work for me.

    In the end, I decided it was best to just quit. I still have both cameras and am torn between donating them and throwing them in the trash in case they cause someone else pain and frustration.

    With your eyes and taste, I’m sure you’ll take some wonderful shots. The Polaroid Land Camera was a great find. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your results when you have time.

    November 30, 2014 at 2:28 am

    • Sorry to hear your adventure into lomography didn’t go well.
      I’ve been moving toward this style for a while. The reason I decided to start with the Polaroid is because it’s almost instant, so it’s almost like digital in terms of relatively fast satisfaction/indication of how you are doing. The huge appeal of digital is that you instantly see what you get. I, too, find film photography can be un-rewarding, because you have no idea what the results are until it’s been developed, and then it’s too late if the settings were wrong, or the things you photographed just didn’t look that good after all! With the lomographic/lowfi approach, you are aiming for cool results with crap equipment, so it’s (hopefully) easier to get those results.
      I have also purchased an awesome Minolta Weathermatic A, which I got for NZ$9! I have had to order film (110 cartridges) from Australia, for that. But can’t wait to be able to take photo’s in the rain, and even under water! I also have 8 vintage camera’s, plus some film and flash cubes, in transit to me which I got for NZ$80… one of which is a Diana F. I’m, as excited as the big kid I am! So, yes, you will certainly be seeing more low-fi photography from me.

      November 30, 2014 at 2:49 am

  2. Back when I worked in a neon shop (BD–“before digital”), Polaroid always captured our neon work much better than a regular film camera. Always got truer colors and better exposure. No idea why.

    November 30, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    • I like the results I’m getting, but they are totally not true colour! Even though it’s a very simple camera, I have yet to work out it’s optimal exposure settings—they seem extremely touchy. I still get great material to rework in Photoshop, though. Yay for the combination of BD & PD.

      December 1, 2014 at 5:41 am

  3. throughhisown


    December 10, 2014 at 2:30 am

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