C Urchins at the Sea

Being married to a US Naval officer all these years the ocean has been a huge part of my life! Although I enjoy the beach as much as the next person there are a few drawbacks in my mind. No mountains being one, boredom being another. I mean how many games of paddle can you play between lying around reading mags? “Be more adventurous!” you say That’s all well and good until sand gets somewhere you would rather it not be and the salt water starts to mummify your body. But (insert HUGE sigh here.) Until the Navy finds a way to sail it’s ships from a mountain top I have had to seek out something I DO enjoy at the beach and that has been searching for various sea items. Dead fish carcasses and stinky seaweed aside I do adore searching for starfish, which I throw back if I arrive in time.  Eeeww!,eeeww!, they feel so creepy when they are alive! Sea urchin skeletons, shells of all shapes and sizes and a pathological desire to find sea glass. Yes I now have books about it and yes I may have entered a contest or two, er three, OK four times! The odd thing is I haven’t photographed my collection yet – hmmmmm. mental note to get on that.  I did however recently photograph a few of my sea urchins using the Lomo Diana F+ & 35mm film. And I have been practicing with a vintage Argus C3 the father (and mother) of 35mm film. After using digital for so long it’s an exercise in extreme patience to shoot film again, but it can yield really beautiful results. Thought you might enjoy these three.

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Lomography – Art or Commerce?

Like so many things that are “re-discovered” Lomography which started out in Russia as inexpensive, unique, and charming is now huge, mass-produced (in China), and commercial. However, I admit I do love the feel of the photos produced with these mainly plastic, inexpensively produced, but super cute (!) cameras. I particularly like the videos. Maybe it’s because it calls up memories of my childhood but somehow it feels new and familiar all at once.  Whatever the reason I have decided to cautiously dip my toes in the Lomography waters…literally… with my first purchase of the Fisheye no 2 and underwater case. I was looking at a GoPro but decided this was a (slightly) cheaper more interesting option – for now.  I am also dying to buy a La Sardina or Diana but mainly for the looks! When thinking up marketing strategies I am the poster girl they are all thinking of.  Put it in a pretty, unique, or cute package and I will buy it eventually.  This time though I have wisely decided to wait and see what I think of this first camera before spending more money that could go toward digital lenses I want.  Stay tuned for my trials and errors in the coming weeks.

I am venturing down this road simply for the creative challenge and to stimulate a new/old way of thinking about what makes an interesting photo.  It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride as one minute I am thrilled with the new features and cameras, and in the next disgusted with the rise in prices, the number of societies and chat rooms, competitions and opinions! Something that was fun and simple now seems subject for enormous amounts of debate.  It also remains to be seen if I have the time and patience to actually “develop” film, scan negatives, and otherwise learn all the quirks and tricks necessary to produce interesting authentic Lomo images… I say authentic because great images can be produced with digital cameras and creative editing to give the feel of Lomography.  Is that cheating? Is it a valid art form as well? I would love to hear your opinions and experiences. If you are a “lomographer” what cameras are you using, what are your best tips and favorite film types? If you have not thought about trying Lomography-why?

The images here are all digital with “Lomography” editing…. Experimenting with the style until my camera shows up!  My site and gallery here: www.mscott-photography.com