amy brown

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One of my more recent hobbies is photography, but not just any kind of photography. I use unusual, vintage, and toy film cameras and ascribe to the movement called Lomography. It's for lovers of analogue photography - no digital cameras used there. Lomo's motto is "Don't Think, Just Shoot". It's about being in the moment. Lomo has its own line of cameras, but you can use any film camera and be a Lomographer. I have a couple of Lomo's cameras, as well as a vintage camera. I plan on acquiring more in the future! I have had lots of fun with my cameras and taken them to some great places. I am very happy with the results and I think I'm pretty good at this.

I first became aware of Lomography when a Tori Amos edition of the Diana camera was released. As big a fan of Tori as I am, I thought it impractical to buy an expensive 120 format camera whose film and developing are also expensive, even if the resulting shots were unique and artistic and it came with an autographed CD... A while later a photo contest was announced via her website. I decided to get a Lomo camera, one that took regular 35mm film, which was a lot cheaper and easier to develop. My first camera as a self-professed Lomographer was the Diana Mini, Love is in the Air special edition (the camera with clouds on the left). It's a plastic camera, known for its dreamy deep saturation and square format. It also takes half-frame pictures and comes with a pack of color gels that you can put into the flash, to give your subject a wash of color. It's adorable and attention-grabbing! I wrote a review of the camera for Lomography Magazine: Dreamy Shots, Dreamy Camera. I used my Diana Mini to take photos for the Tori Amos photo contest. I didn't win, but I took a lot of creative shots that I am very proud of. The instructions were to take photos inspired by cities on Tori's tour. You can see my photos here and here.

My next Lomo camera was the Oktomat (the red brick of a camera on the left). The Oktomat is plastic, uses 35mm film, and has 8 lenses. It takes 8 sequential shots over the course of 2.5 seconds. The result is like a cartoon strip or a flip book laid out in one frame. You can get some really cool moments captured this way.

After reading about and seeing pictures of the Stereo Realist camera, I became fascinated with 3D photography. Following a failed experiment with a cheap Nishika camera from the 1990s, I acquired an original Nimslo 3D camera from the 1980s (the black camera on the left). The flash didn't work, but the camera performs well in sunlight and decently in bright indoor light. The Nimslo camera has 4 lenses that are set at slightly different angles. It takes 4 photos simultaneously and the resulting frame has 4 shots on it. You view the 3D by refocusing your eyes, without the need for special glasses. I like that about it.

Then I got a Disderi Robot 3 camera. It takes some unusual shots like the Oktomat, but with only 3 lenses. It only took a couple of rolls before it started misfiring. :(

Eventually I ventured into the world of instant photography with the Lomo'Instant (Kickstarter Special Edition). I thought about getting a vintage Polaroid, but they don't do much compared to the infinite creative options of the Lomo'Instant, where you can do multiple exposures, light painting, and color flash! I have become a light painter with this camera, with all kinds of colored lights and flashlight gels. It's so much fun!

Now for some photos! Click the thumbnails to be taken to the photos' pages on my Lomo site. There, you can see hi-res versions and read technical specs. The photos to the side are some of my favorites. Below are more photos, arranged by camera. For even more photos, go to my Lomo page.

DIANA MINI

OKTOMAT

NIMSLO

DISDERI ROBOT 3

LOMO'INSTANT


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