My interest in Lomography started in my early teens when I used to visit the Lomography Gallery Shop in Vienna and I have always enjoyed looking at the colorful LomoWalls. The cameras were too expensive for me but I bought the cheaper disposable ones with colorful filters as a present for my presents and as party gags from time to time.
When I was 15, I finally got my very first real Lomography camera as a present from my aunt. I was a blue SuperSampler. Unfortunately, I got broken and I stopped thinking about Lomography and analogue photography in general for more than 10 years.
In 2011, my boyfriend got me a white Lomography Fisheye No. 2 camera for my birthday. Unfortunately, I lost it at the Schönbrunn Park when I left it on the white wall! I discovered that I lost it late that same night. We even climbed inside the park to get it but it was too late. I've always wondered how the photos I took with it would've turned out.
In 2016, I finally got a camera that I didn't lost or break: a Diana Mini. Since then, I've become completely hooked. So, when I read about the 25 Years of Lomography exhibition, I thought of the LomoWalls that I loved so much when I was younger and instantly knew that I want to participate.
The most difficult part was finding a satisfying place to host the exhibition. At first, I thought about the empty house that my parents were about to sell but the new ownders moved in faster than I expected so I decided to go for an outdoor event at the yard of my apartment building, which was quite small but nicely decorated with lots of plants and street lanterns. I was a bit concerned about the weather in November but in the end I managed to create a cozy atmosphere with some hot drinks and lighted visuals for my visitors. I also opened my flat to those who want to warm up.
I began the preparation a few days before the opening. My plan was to make on big LomoWall with pictures from Germany and a second smaller one with the countries I was assigned: Chad, Uganda, Tajikistan, Laos, and Namibia. As a carrier, I chose foam boards called Airplac. The big LomoWall consisted of five 66 X 98 cm boards placed next to each other. Altogether, my wall was over three meters long. For the smaller one, I just used one plate which was about 70 X 100 cm. I also prepared five "baby walls" as covers for the tables and put masking tape on top so my visitors could put their drinks without worrying that it would spill.
I had to work quite a lot during that time so I was glad that some of my friends helped me out in the final phase. For the Germany LomoWall, I had a rainbow spiral in mind starting with very light photos in the middle, followed by yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green, and ending it with black and white photographs. I printed each picture from other countries twice, arranging them at quite random. We had a fun night but it was A LOT of work gluing all the pictured onto the boards. I have to admit thought that I was quite strict as I wanted the photos to be placed as exact as possible with no gaps in between.
My exhibition opened at 4:00 pm the next day and went until 3:00 in the morning. Overall, I can say that it was very successful, through the night I had about 60 guests. For me, it was quite an exhausting evening though because I had to explain almost every ten minutes what the exhibition was about, who made the pictures, what is Lomography, and so on. But still I would definitely do it again! The best thing is the my LomoWall lives on in various flats around Vienna, as I divided and gave some parts of it to my friends.