| Throwback Thursday | The First Photo.

On my Facebook-Blog I have introduced a new structure, including Throwback Thursday. This one has a rather personal story to it.

To make sure that my¬† text homebase gets the attention it deserves, I’ve decided to implement this structure in here as well. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Let’s start today with Throwback Thursday. Not very inventive. Baby, I know.

The photo I’d like to share with you here was taken in summer 2013 at the German Baltic Coast, standing on the bridge in bright sunshine and enjoying the beautiful breeze. This image is very dear to me and there is a reason I decided to use it as the first #Tbt-image on this blog: it is the very first analogue photo I have taken since being a child. During my internship in Berlin, I knew nearly no one in the city, except for the flatmates I was sharing an apartment with. While the first bunch of people were really nice, the flatmate I had in my second apartement was psychologically really not in a good place. I wanted to stay away from that apartment as often as possible. Additionally, I did not have the energy to interact with new people, as my internship already used up the majority of my energy. Combine that with a long-distance relationship, and you have one tired little intern in the evenings.

Still, I wanted my days to consist of more than just work and being home with the crazy guy. At that time, Lomography was a big thing in Berlin and I decided to test one of their cameras. Although I do not use the camera I bought then anymore, Lomography was for me a great start to begin with film photography. The shop assistant very patiently explained to me how the camera worked, how to insert the film and what something like ISO really means. The camera I bought was a Diana+ and due to the simplicity of the product, it was the perfect instrument to start shooting photos with. After a while, when I got a hang of how film worked, I decided to work with real, antique cameras. I find their style more original, less dominant and they are much cheaper and way better quality than the overpriced plastic Lomography sells. But again, for my beginning steps, the Diana+ was perfect. I also still use Lomography film, as the quality is absolutely decent and the price fair. Plus, it’s kind of a relieve to know that there is still an industry making money (and thus surviving) on film photography.

Holding this picture in my hand for the first time felt like a revelation, like something would change from now on. And it did. The change began slowly but steadily and not only did I develop a new hobby (which led to great adventures and interactions with people from all over the world) but also made me develop a new sense of identity. No matter where in the world you are, people react really positively to seeing antique cameras. Whether it’s for aesthetic/design reasons or nostalgia, I’ve had beautiful conversations with people I normally would have been too shy talking to.People I haven’t met in years suddenly come up to me to talk about photography, ask me for travel advice or just want to chat because knowing you’ve just been to a place they hold dear, too, makes a great start for long overdue communication. At the beginning I thought that photography would¬† be a rather isolating hobby. Turns out, it is one of the most social experiences I’ve ever made.

I’m now the girl with the really old cameras. I think I’m quite happy with that.

Technicalities:
Camera: Diana+Film: Lomography Redscale XR ISO 100/120
August 2013

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