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Ick! I'm Sick.

I'm sick. 

It's one of those horrible scratchy throat, stuffy nose, cloudy head things.

But, my brother is in town and that's enough reason to be wandering around the streets of New York with a purse full of tissues and cough drops. 

On Thursday, we stumbled across this place:


Well, I'm a fan.  And an owner of a LOMO camera.  According to the wikipedia entry:

Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Characteristics such as over-saturated colors, off-kilter exposure, blurring, "happy accidents," and alternative film processing are often considered part of the "Lomographic Technique."  Users are encouraged to take a lighthearted approach to their photography, and use these techniques to document everyday life, as the Lomo LC-A's small size, simple controls, and ability to shoot in low light encourages candid photography, photo reportage, and photo vérité....Similar to Eastman Kodak's concept of the "Kodak moment," the Lomography motto of "don't think, just shoot" presumes spontaneity, close-ups, and ubiquity, while deemphasizing formal technique. Typical lomography cameras are deliberately low-fidelity and inexpensively constructed. Some cameras make use of multiple lenses and rainbow-colored flashes, or exhibit extreme optical distortions and even light leaks.

I have had my LOMO camera for almost a year (bought it at a trade show) and *oops* I haven't finished the roll yet.  I keep not wanting to "waste" the film.  Ridiculous, right? 

Wandering into the store, I was reminded how much LOMO is all about having fun.  I only took these two photos, but I hope you get the sense of chaos and fun and color!

I think it's time to stop worrying about "wasting" the film and get to shooting and developing that film!  After all, that's the LOMO way.  Here are the "10 Golden Rules" of LOMOgraphy:

  1. Take your camera everywhere you go.

  2. Use it any time – day and night.

  3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.

  4. Try the shot from the hip.

  5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.

  6. Don’t think. (William Firebrace)

  7. Be fast.

  8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.

  9. Afterwards either.

  10. Don’t worry about any rules.

I'm putting my camera in my bag right now.  I plan to share some photos very soon!

Thanks for stopping by!