if we didn’t think it was “worth it”, we wouldn’t be here

You know what I don’t get? Shit like this. Why? Why would you enter a group specifically for fans of a certain thing and basically go “Yeah hi, you’re all morons and this is bullshit.”? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT

Look, there are things that I think are bullshit and I frequently say so on my own blog, where no one is forcing fans of that thing to be. But I would never go onto, say, a Twilight fan website and tell all the Twitards how stupid they are. It’s their own space, they aren’t hurting anyone, let them have their dumb obsession.

Besides which, this person doesn’t really seem to understand why a lot of people like the Fuji Instax and other instant cameras. It’s not about the instantaneousness at this point, and I would have thought that was pretty obvious. Digital is virtually instant: You see the image right away, and if you have a decent quality printer and photo paper, you can have a print within seconds.

I can’t speak for every fan out there, but I know I’m not the only person who likes instant photography because of its inherent flaws, not in spite of them. Every instant print is a never to be duplicated image. The flaws are real and unique, not phony purposefully-generated flaws that could be replicated ad infinitum on a computer.

It’s the same reason why I think $250 is a fair price to pay for a Lomo LC-A+. Yes, I could generate the same look with a digital camera and photo editing software. But I like that I don’t have as much control over analogue film. Photography nowadays is too perfect, too controlled. Giving up some of that control can be frustrating, but it can also be exhilarating.


decisions, decisions: lomo lc-a+ vs. blackbird, fly

For a while now I’ve been planning that my next new camera was going to be the Lomo LC-A+, the modern knock-off of the camera that basically gave rise to the concept of Lomography. I’ve wanted one for years, but at around $250, it’s one of the more expensive “toy” cameras. But look at the lush, dreamy, color-saturated images it takes and tell me it’s not worth every penny.

It also has the advantage of shooting 35mm. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my medium format cameras and don’t regret for an instant buying them. In fact, if the house were on fire and I could only save one camera, I would go for the Diana without any hesitation whatsoever. She was my introduction to Lomography and still my “first love”. But I would rather my next acquisition be a 35mm camera.

However, with my never-ending capacity for being distrtacted by shiny objects, I’m also considering the Blackbird, Fly by Superheadz — the awesomely-named Japanese toy camera makers who also made my Golden Half, a little treasure that I find myself using almost daily and getting even more enjoyment out of than I expected. It’s great for experiments in redscale or cross-processed slide film, because at 72 shots per roll, you can afford to take chances.

The Blackbird, Fly has the unique capacity of being a twin lens reflex camera that shoots 35mm. The images it shoots are perhaps not as idiosyncratic as the Lomo LC-A+, although they certainly aren’t ugly. I think of it as a sort of consolation  prize for not being able to afford a “real” TLR camera until I have a more robust income. Also as kind of like training wheels — my Duaflex and Brownie Hawkeye look like TLRs but are technically pseudo TLRs, because they have fixed focusing. And it has the advantage of being on sale at Urban Outfitters right now for $79.99 — it usually retails for around $120.

At the moment I am leaning more towards the Blackbird, Fly; but I haven’t totally made up my mind. So if you have pros or cons regarding either camera, I’m still open to receive them.

photos of various family members stuffing their faces

Mom was like “What a lovely photo of your mother dishing up some fat” when I took this. I wish that distracting 409 bottle wasn’t in the photo, but when you take candids, sometimes that happens. (p.s. East of the Rockies, Best Foods mayo becomes Hellmann’s. But it’s the same brand.)

If I had a dime for every photo I’ve taken of people eating crawfish, I wouldn’t have to worry about finding a job.

some more diana snaps from last christmas

Evangeline Theater, New Iberia, LA. Diana F+.

I took these last Christmas, but it took me a while to get the rolls mailed off because I had to finish up the last one. I had them mailed to Louisiana even though I was still in California at the time, because sometimes it takes a few weeks and I didn’t want to miss them.

I think the second one is an especially good example of the Diana’s iconic dreaminess.

and don’t tell me “bring them all”, because that would require a seperate suitcase

The annual fretting over what cameras to take to Louisiana has begun. (And to a lesser extent, what shoes.) When I went last summer for Granny’s birthday I only brought the Holga, so this time I think I’ll bring the Diana F+, with both the regular and 35mm backs. I’m hoping someone gets me the Golden Half camera (pleasepleaseplease) for Christmas, so I don’t think I need to bring any other trick cameras. Umm, maybe the Pop 9. It’s small. Or perhaps the Oktomat, which I’ve barely used since I bought it. Aaargh.

Okay, the F+ and the Oktomat. And the digital and Instax, which I bring everywhere anyway, so it goes without saying. But if I don’t get the Golden Half, I’m going to be piiiiissed that I didn’t bring the Pop 9.

Last night I was organizing stuff and stumbled across a stash of film I didn’t even know I had. I must have put it in one our family’s infamous “safe places” (translation: Forget all about it until you stumble across it up to a decade later) when I moved. I found 3 rolls of 35mm color, 2 rolls of 35 mm redscale, 3 rolls of 35mm color slide, a pack of Instax, and a roll of 120 B&W Ilford. But I still hope I get all the film I asked for for Christmas, because you can seriously never have too big a film stash. It all gets used eventually.

This isn't my photo, the roll is still in the camera

I haven’t shot the F+ in months, and this morning was a beautiful sunny interlude between rainstorms (although it started getting overcast around noon). So I slapped the 35mm back onto it and loaded it with a roll of Lomography ISO 400. (Shut up, I like their 35mm film. And I don’t think it’s all that expensive.) And practically the first thing I saw upon leaving the house was that one of my neighbors had stuck about 2 dozen pink plastic lawn flamingos all over their front yard.

Leave the house with a camera, and you will be rewarded. You just have to keep your eyes open.

ETA: I think the flamingos were actually a prank, because they were never there before — I walk past that house twice a day on my way to and from the bus stop, I think I would have noticed — and they were gone when I came home in the afternoon. Not to mention you’d have to be crazy to put that many lawn flamingos on your lawn; they were so close together you couldn’t even have walked between them. They’d have to be taken out every time you mowed.

If you think about it, that’s really a hilariously bizarre way to prank someone. And it’s not even mean in the way that egging or TPing someone’s house would be.

first color roll shot in the holga

Nothing really amazing here. Basically I just wanted to see what a color roll looked like in the Holga, especially before I went on vacation. I kind of forgot about this roll actually, so it was a pleasant surprise to find it in the mail yesterday.

bunny doorstop holga


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