I mentioned in my last post my fondness for my Diana camera, so I wanted to share some wonderful photographs taken with these sweet little cameras. Not my photos. I’d like to share my Diana photos, but I don’t currently have access to a decent scanner to copy and upload them to my computer. The following photos are so much more beautiful than my stack of blurry blobs in a box anyway. If you’d like to know more about the wonders and the many faults (the faults often described as being part of the charm) of the Diana, then click here. Or don't, as the Diana is all about the element of surprise!
The above photos are by Stephan Kaps, sourced from the Lomographic Society International archives.
These photos are by Perth photographer, K. Sundari Carmody, who has one of my favourite art-photography style blogs called Intimate Vignettes. Sundari has recently submitted a series of her Diana photos for the Dianalogues No. 1 – “Through A Woman’s Lens” book. I believe two of the above images are part of her submission, and judging by the beauty of these photos I’m sure her series will be included. I sure hope they will be! More of Sundari’s exquisite photos can be viewed on her blog and Flickr site.
"The Diana questions many photographic axioms, such as "a photograph must be sharp," "a photograph must have maximum detail," and "a photograph must possess a complete range of tones to be considered good." The Diana challenges the photographer to see beyond the equipment and into the image. The Diana summons up the Dadaist traditions of chance, surprise, and a willingness to see what can happen. This lack of control can free you from worrying about doing the "right" thing and always being "correct." Since the Diana is a toy camera, it allows you to look and react to the world with the simplicity and playfulness of a child." - Robert Hirsch