Embracing “CRAP” Photography

               Let’s face it nobody cares about your photography except for you, so why do we bother? The things we incessantly ask ourselves are questions like, is the composition right, is my exposure accurate, is it sharp enough, will it move people, does it tell a story and countless other things that paralyze us from simply just being creative. This is precisely why the cult following of Lomography is so popular.  Avid Lomographers could care less about the questions above and would rather enjoy the spontaneity of just simply shooting. They enjoy things like blur and light leaks or scratches and grain, in fact they are really the band of misfits that push back against what the main stream says in aesthetically pleasing. This is all well and good but I don’t think I would consider myself one of these misfits however I did thouroughly enjoy creating these images. The point of the LOMO process is to just simply shoot and enjoy. This is what precisely happened. I could see myself doing this again and again. It’s just simply fun.  All of the images below were shot Lomography Color 400 120 film with the Diana F+ camera and home processed with the unicolour c-41 kit. Let me know what it is that you love about this process. 

Making mistakes on film


Yesterday I made my first attempt at developing color film at home and learned a great deal in the process. I shot the below images as kind of an experiment while in Haiti this past summer. I decided to purchase a 3 dollar camera from a local thrift store and load it with cheap Fuji Superia 400 to see what kind of results I might get. I was quite sure that the conditions in Haiti would be challenging on film especially because most color negative films don't hold up past 27 degrees and there were times that we were pushing 40 degrees celsius. I shot the film with with a Canon Snappy LX II and honestly I think the camera did pretty good. Where everything fell apart on me was during the development process. For some strange reason before I poured the developer into my Paterson tank I opened the lid exposing for a brief second the film to light. I could not believe that I just did that. It must have been a nervous twitch not wanting to screw up in the development process. All in all developing color film is pretty much as easy as developing black and white and I look forward to my next go at it developing non baked (Tropical BBQ) and light exposed C-41. Seriously though these could easily pass as some great LOMO shots.