With photography as a career and a first love, sometimes itâ€™s hard for me to remember how to â€œplayâ€ at creating artwork and documenting my life. Â We focus so much on getting â€œthe shotâ€ – Â what the best lenses, lighting gear, poses would be, that there isnâ€™t much of a chance to toy around with just plain liking something and wanting to capture it. Â I think one of the best art assignments for idea-book-keepers like myself, is to make a list of things you like. Â There is no pressure to love something, and no specifics as to what can or cannot be included. Â The list will start with obvious things your friends could list for you: coffee, pizza, the beach; but a few pages in you start to get into stranger, more specific territory: new ballpoint pens, having someone wash my hair for me, finding things that were lost. Â I think there is something to this – something about being able to just like something, to enjoy it without the need to explain or analyze.
This is what I love about my Lomography cameras. Â They are film cameras, but they are created like cheap, toy cameras – plastic, no batteries, the only adjustment for exposure is sunny or cloudy. Â These cameras allow me to â€œplayâ€ in my interaction with the world. Â I donâ€™t have to consider my lenses or gear; I donâ€™t have to worry about how it will look in post-processing. Â Each frame is a surprise. Â It could be a double-exposure; it could be filed with light-leaks or vignettes. Â There is a joy in not needing to know the end result, and there is a joy in not editing my actions. Â I havenâ€™t gone through the process in my head to determine that the shot will be no good and isnâ€™t worth taking. Â I follow my impulses, and I honor my likes.
All photos above were taken this summer with my Lomography Mini Diana Petit Noir camera on 35 mm film (one roll of b&w, one roll of color).