The Irish Family – Doing Lomo Before it was Popular or Profitable
I had dinner in my mother-in-laws house recently and I was handed what used to pass for the family camera. I was told it never worked right, that half the time when the film was processed it came back blank with a note from the chemist. Someone suggested that even when a picture was successful they always looked terrible. I was told I should try and take something with it for a laugh.
I loaded a roll of Agfa Vista 200. I then reloaded it because it did not spool correctly. I managed it the third time. Without pressing the shutter once I had already used four shots. I can see why people got annoyed with these in the olden days. I can just imagine all the weddings, christenings and family outings that people do not have pictures of due to this camera.
The Halina 160 is a 35mm compact camera with a built-in flash. A single speed shutter of around 1/125s and the aperture is set using the ISO settings button 100/200, 400 and 1000. It is the most plastic camera I have every held and I own a Holga. When you turn on the on-camera flash it sounds like the sound barrier being broken and you could use it to take x-rays. This camera screams Lomo and if it was still being manufactured it would be on sale in Urban Outfitters for €80.
I shot through the roll of film on a miserable grey day while out with a group of photowalkers and I am tickled by the results. I sent a link for them to my Mother in law and she does not believe it is from the same camera that was used to ruin many a happy family outing.
Were you or your family doing Lomo before it was popular or profitable?