When I tell people about my newfound hobby of analog photography // lomography, they always tend to ask “why?”. Why, when digital cameras are so much easier to use, would you use film? Well, I wanted to answer this valid question with several bullet points:
- I choose film, not in spite of, but because of its unpredictability; I love that you don’t know what you’re gonna get
- It creates physical manifestations of memories. When flipping through your prints, you will go back to that moment in time and remember how hard it was to catch that moment as it was happening. But you’re so glad you did.
- Because I don’t have any other hobbies. I’ve always felt rather lame when people ask me what my hobbies are, and I realize that I spend most of my free time eating a restaurants or watching old episodes of 30 Rock. This is a hobby I can be proud to say I have.
- It forces me to do things I normally wouldn’t. I had no idea certain parts of Austin existed, and without my new camera, I probably never would. Just the other day, I went to Mayfield Park which is a cute little park in west Austin with tons of peacocks. I would never had known it existed if Andrew and I hadn’t sought out cool places to take photos.
- It teaches me to appreciate what I see from a new perspective. That graffiti on the wall? It’s not an eyesore, it’s art created by a street artist. That crack in the pavement? An interesting addition to an otherwise boring sidewalk. Squirrels? Hilarious (and hard to catch) subjects for photos
- I feel like I’m part of a “society” of people who share the same joy in the hobby. There’s a whole network of people all over the world connected to Lomography.com. I belong to it now, and I feel like I’m part of this new family that reaches in every country across the globe.
- Because it’s something special I can share with Andrew.
- Because I am becoming a tourist in my own city.
Are you a lomographer? Why do you choose to use film instead of digital?