I had bought a digital camera back when I knew nothing about cameras. After skimming over the manual and going through the basic instructions, I frantically took pictures wherever I went until I got fed up with organizing them.

Recently, I got a chance to use a film camera of my friend’s. You have to buy rolls of negatives, each will give you only 36 shots, and you also have to get them developed. But I rather thought it would be great for me. You can keep a rollful of 36 pictures in a folder, it’ll automatically be organized in terms of date, and constantly rising price of films would keep you from carelessly pushing the shutter button. So I bought one for myself before long. The first one was a regular compact camera. Then came the Lomo. They told me it adds a certain ‘taste’ to the outcome. I keep telling myself I wasn’t deceived by those words…

It wasn’t cheap at all. It’s totally manual. It’s viewfinder is completely analog. I had to measure how far it was from the lens by myself. But I quickly got used to it. Now I can tell how far something is just from looking at it.

I packed Lomo every time I went travelling. Sure, it may a bit cumbersome than it looks, but I started to like how it obscures the picture with its plastic lens.

I always wanted to take pictures with it while surfing. So when I first heard there’s a waterproof housing for Lomo, I didn’t hesitate a moment. All the other friends who also take pictures asked me why I would go through such inconvenience. I tried to fight back by telling them why not. However, it really was very inconvenient. You have to set the range before putting it in the housing. It’s harder to look through the viewfinder. You have to go change the roll every 36 shots.

The developed pictures were terrible, but each picture felt precious to me when I remember how I took it.

I still shoot with Lomo, and I will continue to do so. But I’m never going to take in the water again. No one should try such a thing.