Lomo Goes To California

Feb 25, 2013 by


Lomo At My Hip – Yosemite National Park, California

It has been a while since I’ve posted photos that I’ve taken with my Lomography camera, my Diana Mini. I bought it in Madrid in 2011, and I have had loads of fun playing with it and waiting for the photos to come back, curious of what I’ve captured (and how I’ve captured it). That’s the whole fun with a Lomo: you’re just never sure of what the picture is going to look like.

The following are photos from my trip to California last summer. I spent time in San Francisco, Sacramento, Stockton, Yosemite, and the Lake Tahoe area, hiking and camping. I had a great time; the highlights of the trip were catching up with my dear friend Kathy, who I met on Easter Island, my friend Sara, who I met in Scandinavia 8 years ago, and seeing the grandness of Yosemite and the old growth trees.

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That thing I love so much about my Lomo is also the thing that causes me the biggest headache. Camera stores and places that develop film in Canada (or at least where I’ve tried in Winnipeg) just don’t know what to do with the overlapping photos and the colour filters. When I lived in Madrid, I could take my Lomo to the store where I bought it, and they would take my film and return confidently developed photos, despite the choppiness and unpredictability of the frames.

Now that I live in Waterloo, I am much nearer to Toronto, where there is a Lomography store. I’m wondering if this is a temporary, albeit not overly convenient solution to my film development woes. I really love using my Lomo, and I love traveling with it, and I don’t want to have to give up taking it with me just because there aren’t enough places that develop film in Canada (or wherever I may be living). Whenever I take my completed Lomo film in, I end up having to take it back several times because they just don’t get it.

I’m wondering what I should do.

Do you have a Lomography camera or any other fun film cameras? What do you do when you try to get the film developed?


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  1. Lomos are cool! It is fun to play with multiple exposures. I have many film cameras of different formats, but have never had a Lomo camera 🙁

  2. Wow! I had no idea – what a cool camera. I’ve played around with pin hole cameras and they’re a blast and you don’t have to go anywhere to develop the film. Used to love tweaking the Polaroids – you can get great affects by messing with the chemicals before it dries. Sadly I don’t think they even make Polaroid film any more.

  3. This makes me miss my Lomo camera which is sitting back in Canada! Except my pictures never turned out as good…

    • Colleen

      Yeah, I love my Lomo.
      So are you saying I shouldn’t complain? Haha!

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