Believe me, we were super excited when the Lomo people offered us free choice of a Diana camera. What could be better fitting than celebrating Take 10's 1st birthday with cute and colourful retro cameras? The Diana F+ Black Jack reminds me a bit of my trusted Olympus and of the good old days when I spent hours in broom cupboards struggling to insert film into the development roll and nights in darkrooms, all hyped up and intoxicated by chemical fumes…
Aaanyway, the camera arrived and it's so retro, lightweight and cute that I just want to carry it around my neck and feel like I belong to the Mad Men crew... and that was it for me. For now. Perhaps being married to Photoshop and indulging in a little affair on the side with Instagram doesn't leave any space in my pictorial love life for an affair with Diana… But that's just me, that's just now. I've got a feeling I might well come back to Diana - there must be a reason for the HUGE Lomography fan club.
Now, the most important thing: Diana needs real film (yeap, she's a well old-fashioned girl) which you can buy in shops or on the website. There you can also find loads of pictures and tips a la the '10 Golden Rules' which I love because they are fun and apply pretty much to photography (and somehow to life) in general:
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. (Well, that has never worked for me, but hey, don't we all want to be David Bailey?)
5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.
6. "Don't think." (William Firebrace)
7. Be fast. (We can't stress that enough.)
8. You don't have to know beforehand what you've captured on film.
9. … and you don't necessarily have to know afterwards either.
10. Don't worry about any rules.
Plus, a few more self-made rules: Don't worry about how much like a pekingese you look when grinning, and never-ever mind the shortness of your skirt.
Tell me, do you have any Lomography experience? And before I finish this longest of long posts... Don't forget to check out the camera stories of the other Take Tenners: … Sarah, MJ, Sherin, Vicki, Susie, Ellie, Paula, Harriet and Jen.
dress: zara, tennis shoes: adidas, camera: Lomography Diana F+ Black Jack
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