Disposable Series: Lomography Simple Use Camera

LOMOGRAPHY SIMPLE USE CAMERA

I haven't used a disposable camera for about 15 years. I remember the days of winding on, fingers over the lens and the eager anticipation of sitting in Snappy Snaps hoping all 27 frames weren't totally awful. 

As I've mentioned in a previous post, my progression from film to digital to film again has been swift over the past five years. I've amassed a few vintage film cameras and I've started to invest in a few Lomography products. My latest purchase is the Simple Use Camera. A disposable camera with the customary Lomography brand twist.

Image via Lomography

Image via Lomography

The Lomography Simple Use Camera is pre-loaded with colour negative ISO 400 film. What makes this disposable camera a little different from your usual point and shoot, is the introduction of the famous Colour Gel Flash Filters which you can mix at will to give your snaps a creative edge. The cameras come with a built-in flash and Lomography say they are perfect for parties, road trips, weddings and similar occasions. The Simple Use Camera also comes in Black and White and Lomochrome Purple.

SAND, (NOT MUCH SUN), AND FUN

Armed with my camera and a few ideas about what I wanted to shoot, I headed to Porthcawl in South Wales and the world famous Coney Beach and Funfair. It's kind of hard to describe this place. It has a certain kitsch charm and is still very much stuck in the past; think donkey rides, a dated funfair and 'Kiss Me Quick' hats.  This for me is what makes it such an interesting place to photograph.

Coney Beach and Fair, Porthcawl, South Wales (2017)

Coney Beach and Fair, Porthcawl, South Wales (2017)

The simplicity of the camera made it really easy to shoot a variety of subjects. From general landscape to the fast movement of the fairground rides I could really get a broad range of images.  The small size of the camera also meant I could be slightly more inconspicuous when photographing people and places up close without a big DSLR giving me away.

Coney Beach, Porthcawl, South Wales (2017)

Coney Beach, Porthcawl, South Wales (2017)

Coney Beach and Fair, Porthcawl, South Wales (2017)

Coney Beach and Fair, Porthcawl, South Wales (2017)

I felt much more confident using this camera than I've felt with other analogue cameras and DSLRs. The film in this camera is superb as well with the gritty nuances I've grown to admire with Lomography products.  I'm not sure if it was the size or the fact I couldn't see what I'd shot, but I really tried to get out of my comfort zone with this one ( although me being me, I forgot to test out the gel filters, but I've purchased another camera and will be using the filters on my next project- blog post to follow!)

Since starting this project I've fallen back in love with the simplicity and magic of disposable cameras, and I'm already planning the next few projects in my series, one being shooting my entire trip to Amsterdam on disposables only. The Lomography Simple Use Colour Negative Camera is a great way to get back into uncomplicated analogue photography.

Below is a short film I made of the day, including some of the best shots. You can also view a dedicated gallery HERE. Until next time!