One of the best things about Budapest……’Antique’ shops, (haha), where you can buy junk for pennies.
I’ve never really gotten into Lomography style photography, (I’m an utter snob and the thought of a plastic camera gives me the heebie-jeebies), but when I found a 1987 Lomo Smena Symbol, (the rarest and most sought after of the original Lomo’s) for the Forint equivalent of £2.20, I couldn’t stop myself. It even had a case!!!
Snobbery is all very well, but it seems a retro-bargain trumps it in the world of Shpics.
Isn’t she beautiful?
Of course she is… But…More importantly….Does she work?
I found out after trawling the internet for some instructions. I used a 200asa Kodak Gold film that was three years out of date, (the camera wont shoot with anything faster), you set the film speed on a tiny dial on the lens, then just pick a symbol that matches the light… Sunny, sunny/cloudy, cloudy, dark, darker……Not exactly state of the art!
I was blown away with the shots…Everything that the LOMO enthusiasts want and more…Vibrant, slightly bonkers colours, light leaks, inadvertent double or even triple exposures…What’s not to like?
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde.